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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. Free member tickets can only be booked for those included in your membership.  

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.

Great Fountain Garden showing family enjoying a picnic on the grass with East Front in the background.

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.

  • 16 June, 14 July, 18 August and 08 September 2024
  • 21:30
  • Tower of London
  • Separate ticket (advance booking required)
Learn more

BOOKING SOON

  • For members
  • Events
  • Families

Members-Only Minibeast Hunt

Become a wildlife explorer in the Kitchen Garden at Hampton Court Palace. Member children have the opportunity to hunt for minibeasts among the fruit and vegetables in this fun-filled activity.

  • 05 and 19 August 2024
  • 10:30 - 13:00
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Separate ticket (advance booking required)
Learn more

NOW BOOKING

  • For members
  • Tours and talks
  • Events

Members-Only Gardens Tours at Hillsborough Castle

Explore the gardens surrounding Northern Ireland's only royal residence with an expert guide on these members-only tours.

  • 19 June and 21 September 2024
  • 11:00
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Free (advance booking required)
Learn more

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