Life Membership

Create a lifetime of memories in some of the most magnificent palaces ever built

Create a lifetime of memories in some of the most magnificent palaces ever built

Got a question about Life Membership?

Whether you are unsure on how to purchase Life Membership, how many guests can accompany you, or whether you can buy Life Membership as a gift, here you can find the answers to our most frequently asked questions.

Summer Live Offer 2021, costumed interpreters as Tudor Liveried Yeomen in the courtyards at Hampton Court Palace

How can I start a Life Membership?

Our team are ready and waiting to give you a royal welcome; simply email us and we will be in touch with you within 2 working days. 

What would I enjoy as a Life Member?

As a Life Member, you’ll benefit from:

  • Free and unlimited adventures in some of the most magnificent palaces ever built, within opening hours, for life: Hampton Court Palace, Tower of London, Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Hillsborough Castle and Gardens
  • Bring in one free guest – either adult or child – as an Individual Life Member and two guests for a Joint Life Membership
  • 10% discount on admission to Kew Gardens, in which Kew Palace and the Great Pagoda are situated
  • Free or discounted entry to a wide range of palace events
  • Access to an additional programme of exclusive member-only events, including tours, lectures, behind the scenes looks and more
  • A free subscription to our members magazine, Inside Story
  • 10% discount in our shops, cafes and restaurants*

Exclusions apply*

Visitors in the Red Room at Hillsborough Castle

Can I buy Life Membership as a gift?

Yes, Life Membership makes the perfect gift for birthdays, christenings, anniversaries and other special occasions. To give the gift of lifetime membership simply email us and we will be in touch with you within 2 working days. 

Can I upgrade my current membership to life membership?

Yes, we will take the amount you have already paid for your current year of membership off the overall cost of the Life Membership.


A tiara on a red cushion against a black background with a person wearing white gloves

Can I upgrade palace day entry tickets to life membership?

You can upgrade your day entry ticket(s) towards a Life Membership on the same day of your visit.

You can upgrade one adult day ticket to Individual Life Membership and two adult day tickets to Joint Life Membership.

Valid ticket(s) must be produced to be able to complete the upgrade. If you missed the opportunity of upgrading on the day of your visit to one of our palaces you can send your tickets, along with payment, to the address below within a maximum of two weeks.

The Membership Office, Apartment 26,
Hampton Court Palace, Surrey, KT8 9AU.

Please note that only tickets bought directly from Historic Royal Palaces can be used to upgrade towards a membership.

How much does life membership cost?

Type Standard price





The Waterloo Block looking east towards a Coldstream Guardsman on duty at the entrance to the building.

The Coldstream Guards is the oldest regiment in the British Army in continuous active service.

How can I pay for Life Membership?

We accept payment via debit card or bank transfer.

Unfortunately we don’t have the facility to offer payment via instalments, the membership must be paid in one full amount. We are not able to process Life Memberships by Direct Debit.

Visitors in the state rooms at Hillsborough Castle

Is there a minimum age limit for purchasing a Life Membership?

There is no restriction on the age of someone wanting to become a Life Member or for someone buying a gift membership, but please note that if a Life Membership is bought for someone under the age of 16 then they will need to be accompanied by an adult.

We present the past, you take it forward

Yeoman Warders wearing their bright red ceremonial state dress uniforms standing in front of White Tower. They are standing in line and performing a historic ceremony called the Beating of the Bounds..

As an independent charity, your Life Membership would make a real difference to us at a time when we really need financial support, thank you.