Cumberland Art Gallery

Discover magnificent artworks from the Royal Collection, including paintings by Rembrandt, Caravaggio and van Dyck.

Discover magnificent artworks from the Royal Collection, including paintings by Rembrandt, Caravaggio and van Dyck.


  • Open daily

Ticketing information

The Cumberland Art Gallery will be closed on 15-19 October and 29 October 2018 for essential maintenance works.

Included in palace admission (members go free) Buy Hampton Court Palace tickets

A Royal Art Gallery

The Cumberland Art Gallery houses a changing display of artworks, principally from the Royal Collection, reflecting Hampton Court Palace's long history as a place to see great art. The palace was a royal residence from the early 1500s until the 1730s. This era saw great royal collectors and connoisseurs, like King Charles I and Frederick, Prince of Wales, assemble one of the largest and finest art collections of its kind in the world. The royal family filled the State Apartments at the palace with artworks for their private enjoyment and as magnificent statements of regal authority.

A masterpiece at every turn

After the palace’s life as a royal residence came to an end in the eighteenth century, Hampton Court Palace became a grand art gallery, displaying paintings and treasures for visitors to enjoy. You can see hundreds of artworks from the Royal Collection at the palace today, some of them in their original locations. Here, in the Cumberland Art Gallery, you can marvel at a selection of the Royal Collection’s finest paintings.

The Cumberland Art Gallery occupies a restored suite of rooms designed in the 1730s by William Kent for William Augustus, the Duke of Cumberland and youngest son of King George II. In 2014, after two years of meticulous research, Kent's Cumberland Suite was returned as closely as possible to his original scheme.

The creation of the Cumberland Art Gallery was made possible through the generosity of the Foyle Foundation and Bruce and Jane Carnegie-Brown.

Find out more on Royal Collection Trust's website.

See the gallery highlights

Please note: Due to the nature of items on display, and the size of exhibition spaces, we limit visitor numbers in the Cumberland Art Gallery. Larger groups will be asked to divide into smaller parties and admission may be staggered at the discretion of staff. This is to avoid congestion during peak times to ensure the enjoyment of all visitors.

We thank you for your understanding.

Cumberland Art Gallery opened in November 2014.

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The Great Hall, looking east.
The hall was constructed by King Henry VIII to replace a smaller and older hall on the same site. It had two functions. First to provide a great communal dining room where 600 members of the court could eat in two sittings, twice a day. And secondly, to provide a magnificent entrance to the state apartments that lay beyond.
Highlights Things to see

Experience the splendour of the Tudor court in Henry VIII's Great Hall, complete with his magnificent tapestries.

Open daily

Hampton Court Palace

The blue and gold vaulted ceiling of the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace
Highlights Things to see

Walk in the footsteps of kings and queens at the Chapel Royal, which has been in continuous use for almost 500 years.

Open daily

Hampton Court Palace

The King's Great Bedchamber, looking north. 

Objects seen include the state bed (1716) carved by Richard Roberts (active 1714-29), "Purchase of the Field of Ephron" wall tapestry attributed to Pieter Coeck van Aelst (1502-50) (on the right of the image), also showing part of the ceiling painting (c1701) by Antonio Verrio (c. 1639-1707).
Things to see

Enjoy the beautiful State Apartments and private rooms of William III and Mary II at Hampton Court Palace as part of your visit.

Open daily (State Apartments closed 26 November-07 December 2018)

Hampton Court Palace

White Tower luxury embroidered hanging decoration features the iconic White Tower with a silhouetted Tower raven perching at the top of the Tower.

White Tower luxury embroidered hanging decoration

This sparkling silver luxury White Tower hanging decoration is hand embroidered using the same metal thread work techniques used to sew royal dresses and finery in centuries past.


Kew Palace luxury embroidered hanging decoration, luxury Christmas ornament depicts the Dutch House of Kew Palace which dates back to 1631

Kew Palace luxury embroidered hanging decoration

This luxury handmade Christmas tree decoration features the design of the front of the Dutch House at Kew Palace on the River Thames in south west London.


Henry VIII gauntlet armour oven glove made from Cotton twill with polyester thermal

Henry VIII gauntlet armour oven glove

This fun oven glove has been inspired by a suit of armour made for Henry VIII in 1540, which is on display at the Tower of London.