10 ways to make memories together as a family in iconic palaces
1. Inspire a budding chef with Tudor cookery
Transport your family back to the heyday of Tudor feasting and entertainment in Henry VIII's Kitchens at Hampton Court Palace.
Explore the Wine Cellar, learn about the dishes cooked in the Boiling House, and marvel at the massive fire, complete with cauldrons and roasting spits.
2. Let imaginations run wild in the Magic Garden
As a member, explore our magical children's playground The Magic Garden at Hampton Court Palace again and again, for free. Come face to face with mysterious mythical beasts, storm the battlements, besiege the towers and discover the secret grotto.
3. Step in the footprints of kings and queens
Go on an adventure to the past as a family and explore more than 1,000 years of history. Discover how the Norman's built the Tower of London's White Tower and learn about the queens, spies, rebels and pirates that languished in this infamous prison.
Be transported back to Tudor times at the home of Henry VIII, and at Kensington Palace, explore the birthplace of Queen Victoria.
4. Befriend a bug in our gardens
Why not become a minibeast explorer and go on a creepy-crawly hunt in Hampton Court Palace's Kitchen Garden?
Here's a handy insect spotter's guide to get you started on your search.
5. TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE
Pull on your wellies, get outside and inspire adventures in nature set against the backdrop of 100 acres of glorious grounds at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens. Look out for kingfishers, ducks and swans as you take a spin around the Lake, wander through peaceful woodland, explore a hidden grotto and hunt for creepy-crawlies in the Walled Garden.
6. Play fight like a medieval knight
Have a go at shooting arrows, brandishing a sword and firing cannon at Armoury in Action, a hands-on experience at the Tower of London. Explore the origins of the White Tower with a Norman master mason and find out if you have what it takes to be a medieval longbowman as you draw back a bow for yourself.
7. Follow an animal-inspired play trail
Find sculptures integrated into the landscape, hands-on play and opportunities to watch nature in action with our interactive play trail the Imaginary Menagerie at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens. From those pets kept by the castle's past residents, to the wildlife that thrives in the gardens today - Hillsborough has a whole menagerie of animals for you to uncover!
9. Imagine life as a medieval zookeeper
Explore the tales of the many exotic animals kept at the Tower, from lions, tigers, monkeys and elephants, to zebras, alligators, bears and kangaroos, in our Royal Beasts exhibition at the Tower of London.
10. Find fun-filled family activities all year round
With an ever-changing programme of events, free or discounted for members, find family activities to put a smile on everyone's face, all year round.What's on