Filming and photography

Updated 25 March. In line with Public Health England guidance, we have taken the decision to close all six of our palaces and gardens until 31st May. We will be reviewing this and will keep you updated. Please read our statement for further information. Read our statement

Introduction to filming

We are home to some magnificent and unique filming locations. From the imposing medieval grandeur of the Tower of London, to Hampton Court, where Henry VIII’s majestic Tudor Palace contrasts with William and Mary’s elegant Baroque facades and immaculate formal gardens. Our locations can tell the story of 1000 years of history and provide a captivating backdrop for filming and photography.

All filming requests at Historic Royal Palaces are dealt with by the Press Office, which is responsible for establishing every aspect of the filming being proposed, from commissioning to assessing the appropriateness of productions. We also deal with contracts and location fees. Our current filming facility fees start at £200 + VAT per hour, although the final figure depends on the individual request. Large scale feature filming and location work is charged at significantly higher rates which are quoted on a case-by-case basis. 

Filming facility fees per hour based on cast and crew size:

1-5 members - £200 + VAT per hour onsite.
6-10 members - £350 + VAT per hour onsite.  
11-20 members - £500 + VAT per hour onsite.
21-50 members - £500 + VAT per hour onsite.
51-80 members - £1000 + VAT per hour for filming. £500 + VAT per hour for set up and security / additional staffing costs.
81+ members - £1500 + VAT per hour for filming. £750 + VAT per hour for set up and security / additional staffing costs. 

Online photographic library

Images of the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace, The Banqueting House, Hillsborugh Castle and Gardens and Kew Palace, as well as pictures of events, exhibitions, projects and staff can be viewed and downloaded free of charge from our online photographic library for non-commercial, editorial use.


Downloadable image library guide.

Image library guide

Commercial photography

Commercial photography is not allowed on site without advance negotiation with and permission from the Press Office. Read our photography guidelines and download an application form, please see below. Contact the Press Office on +44 (0)20 3 166 6166 with any questions.

To use photography in commercial products including books, please contact the Historic Royal Palaces photographic library on +44 (0)20 3166 6633.


Complete this application form to request permission to photograph at a palace.

Application form for photography