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Welcome as a member

Unlimited adventures await

Unlimited adventures await

Welcome as a member of Historic Royal Palaces. You now hold the keys to the Tower of London and can call Hampton Court Palace home. Make a stylish entrance at Kensington Palace and explore 100 acres of stunning gardens in the grounds of Northern Ireland's only royal residence, Hillsborough Castle and Gardens.

A transformed Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, County Down, will open its doors daily to visitors for the first time this Easter, with a host of exciting events and activities for all the family.

From 18 – 28 April 2019, ‘Be Our Guest’ offers families a chance to explore over 100 acres of majestic gardens. In a series of theatrical encounters meet fascinating characters from the Castle’s past, including America’s founding father Benjamin Franklin, who visited Hillsborough Castle during the 1770s.

Using your Historic Royal Palaces Membership

Recently joined as a member online? We will send you a welcome email within one week of joining including your membership number so that you can log in to book your free ticket to visit our palaces and gardens.

Until you receive this, you can start enjoying your membership immediately and can visit the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace and Hillsborough Castle and Gardens for free, within opening hours, by showing your confirmation email as proof of your membership.

When you have received your membership number, included in your welcome email and letter and printed on your membership card, you can book your palace entry ticket via our Member login by entering your surname and membership number.

On entrance you will be asked to present your membership card and member ticket booking. Please be prepared to show a form of ID to verify your details.

The membership and any associated benefits are non-transferable and can only be used by the named member(s) on the membership card.

Our staff are ready and waiting to welcome you.

Where should I go on arrival?

You will be asked to present your member ticket booking and membership card on arrival at the main entrance points, as shown on each palace map.

If you have forgotten your membership card, please make your way on first arrival to an onsite ticket office. A temporary membership card can be issued for you.

Explore what's on

Make the very most of your new membership with discounted or free event tickets; take a look at our What's On pages to inspire your first adventure as a Historic Royal Palaces member.

Upcoming events for members

  • For members
  • Events

Members-Only Ceremony of the Keys

Members-only access to the traditional locking up of the Tower of London, the Ceremony of the Keys.

  • 10 December 2023, 21 January and 18 February 2024
  • 21:30
  • Tower of London
  • Separate ticket (advance booking required)
Learn more
  • For members
  • Events

Members-Only Day at Banqueting House

Explore the Banqueting House, Whitehall at your leisure on this exclusive members-only day.

  • 20 January 2024
  • 10.00 - 16.00 (last entry at 15.30)
  • Banqueting House
  • Free
Learn more


  • For members
  • Tours and talks
  • Events

Members-Only Talk: The Salvage Squad

Members are invited to an exclusive talk by Team Leaders of the Historic Royal Palaces Salvage Squad. Discover how they would go about rescuing the priceless objects in our collections if the worst was to happen.

  • 24 January 2024
  • 14:00
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Separate ticket (advance booking required)
Learn more


Anne of Cleves

‘I like her not.’ The wife rejected by Henry VIII

Catherine Howard

A young woman whose marriage to Henry VIII would end in tragedy

The Field of Cloth of Gold

Henry VIII's historic meeting with his great rival François I in 1520 was a defining point in his reign

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Shop Christmas collection

Make the festive season one to cherish and remember with our selection of wonderful history-inspired gifts, tree decorations and delicious food and drink.

From £2.50

Shop Coronation gifts

Celebrate the Coronation of King Charles III with beautiful commemorative souvenirs and gifts.

From £4.00

Crown Pride Pin Badge

This pride pin badge is exclusively available from Historic Royal Palaces and shows our logo in the vibrant colours of the rainbow.