There’s never been a better time to join

There’s never been a better time to join

With seasonal sparkle and Christmas activities for all, now's the perfect time to become a member of Historic Royal Palaces and start sharing uplifting experiences and days out with loved ones at some of the UK's most iconic palaces. 

With membership, you'll enjoy unlimited adventures at our magnificent palaces, a range of other member benefits including discounts in our cafes, and you'll be helping us at a time when we really need financial support.

The Privy Garden in winter, looking north across the fountain basin to the South Front of the palace.

Membership benefits

As a member, you’ll enjoy:

  • Free and unlimited entry to five historic royal palaces*
    Hampton Court Palace, Tower of London, Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Hillsborough Castle and Gardens plus a range of events

  • 10% discount on admission into Kew Gardens, in which Kew Palace is situated
  • A free subscription to our members magazine, Inside Story
  • 10% discount in our shops, cafes and restaurants*
  • A programme of exclusive, behind the scenes member events including tours, lunches, lectures and more*

* Exclusions apply

Annual membership prices

There's never been a better time to join Historic Royal Palaces. Membership is brilliant value, and if you join by Annual Direct Debit, you'll get 15 months for the price of 12.

Type Standard price


One named adult, 16 years and over.



Two named adults, 16 years and over.


Family 1

One named adult and up to six named children (between the ages of five and fifteen.)


Family 2

Two named adults and up to six named children (between the ages of five and fifteen.)


Please note: Your membership card will be delivered within 28 days of purchase.

If you would like to start using your membership immediately, you can visit the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace or Hillsborough Castle and Gardens by showing your membership confirmation email on entry.

If you would like to visit Kensington Palace, pre-booking is required - once purchased, email [email protected] with your booking reference and our team will be delighted to help.

Family membership

Find unlimited adventure as a family in some of the most magnificent palaces ever built.

10 ways to escape to the past together
Visitors with children sitting at a long table in the Great Hall working on family activities.

Gift Membership

Turn the past into a present with gift membership this Christmas. This is a present that lasts all year, and is remembered forever.

Turn the past into a present

Other ways to buy membership

Join online by card

Upgrading your tickets

Already bought admission tickets? You can upgrade them to membership on the same day of your visit or up to two weeks after the original purchase.

How to upgrade your palace ticket:

At the palaces - Complete your membership form (which can be downloaded here) and take it, along with your tickets, to one of our palaces

By email - please send your completed membership form (which can be downloaded above) along with a picture of your tickets to [email protected] 

By post - please send your completed membership form (which can be downloaded above) and your tickets to us at:

Historic Royal Palaces
Apartment 26
Hampton Court Palace

Please note that only palace admission tickets bought directly from Historic Royal Palaces can be used to upgrade towards a membership, this excludes tickets from third party companies or for palace events. Tickets from multiple separate visits cannot be used.

Life Membership

Explore the palaces time and time again with our special Life Membership. You can enjoy not only all the wonderful benefits of Historic Royal Palaces membership, but also share the experience with guest(s) of your choice. 

Visitors queue for the Crown Jewels on a sunny day. Around them, from left to right, Waterloo Block, the Royal Fusiliers' Building and the White Tower can be seen with blue sky in the background

Our team are ready and waiting to give you a royal welcome; simply email us and we will be in touch within 2 working days. In the meantime, why not take a look at our FAQs to find out more about Life Membership. 

Find out more

For new members

New members

Cue the royal fanfare, there has never been a better time to be a Historic Royal Palaces member, and our staff are waiting to welcome you. Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions by our new members. 

How to start using your membership
The Ceremony of the Constable's Dues at the Tower of London featuring the captain and crew of the Dutch naval ship HNLMS Johan de Witt

New gift membership

With Historic Royal Palaces gift membership the past is now your present. Whether unsure on delivery options or when your gifted membership will start, here you can find the answers to our most frequently asked questions. 

Your gift membership purchase

For existing members

Membership updates

If you need to update your membership details, please do so via the contact us form, otherwise please visit our information for members pages: 

Membership FAQs Membership during Coronavirus
A group of visitors listen to a HRP Explainer near the Chairs of State situated in the Throne Room. The thrones feature gold detailing with red velvet and stand proudly in the centre, raised off the floor level by a dias podium. The walls and windows are covered and dressed with a deep green silk damask. A chandelier hangs above and a grand piano sits in the corner behind the visitors.

Renewing your membership

Renew your membership to continue your support for another year.

Renew your membership

Hear from our members

Hear from our members whilst they enjoy a special members-only event in the Magic Garden at Hampton Court Palace in this short film.

Some of our Member-only events

For members Events

Join us in the Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula at the Tower of London this Christmastide for a special members-only service of lessons and carols.

13 December 2021

Tower of London

Doors open at 18:00 for 18:30 start

Separate ticket (advance booking required)