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.

A young couple look at paintings in the Throne Room. The walls are lined with green silk damask and the paintings are hung in gold frames. Gold and grey details frame the walls and doors. A large rug covers the dark wooden floor.

How can I purchase 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. 

The White Tower seen against a blue, partially cloudy sky on a sunny day with foliage creeping into the upper right-hand corner. Waterloo Block can be seen in the background

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: Hampton Court Palace, Tower of London, Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Hillsborough Castle and Gardens plus a range of events
  • 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 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*

Can I upgrade my current membership to a 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 family of two women, a boy and a girl smile and talk in the Tudor cloisters of Hampton Court Palace

Can I upgrade day palace tickets to a 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 many guests can I take in for free?

Life members are welcome to bring in one free guest – either adult or child – as an Individual Life Member and two guests for a Joint Life Membership.

Child standing at a decorative railing looking over the Long Water on a sunny day

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.

How can I pay for my 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.

The stone Wakefield Tower and visitor exit at the Tower of London under a blue partially cloudy sky, showing visitors exploring the grounds below the tower

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. 

Autumn in the Wilderness at Hampton Court Palace, showing trees that are turning orange in the autumn sunshine. A visitor can be seen walking through the trees.

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 will make a real difference to us at a time when we really need financial support, thank you.