£1 Tickets to Our Palaces
Booking Your £1 Ticket
Your £1 ticket includes anything included in a standard day admission ticket to the Tower of London, Kensington Palace or Hampton Court Palace, on any day they are open. Under 5s go free and do not require a ticket.
Please check opening times for the day of your visit. Please note Kensington Palace will be closed from 30 October to 12 December 2023.
Some events require a separate ticket and are not included in palace admission. For details, please see our What's On pages.
On occasion, we have to close parts of our sites to carry out conservation or maintenance work. Details for these closures are listed on our Opening Times pages for each palace.
Tickets must be booked in advance to guarantee entry and avoid disappointment. Visitor numbers are limited and many dates and timeslots are sold out in advance.
If you can't find £1 tickets for the date you wish to book, this date is sold out but further dates are available.
Yes, anyone eligible can book up to six tickets per household per visit.
If you would like to visit more than one palace, you will need to book separate £1 tickets for each visit, and bring your supporting documents with you.
No, each ticket is only valid for a single day.
Yes, carer tickets are still free if you have booked £1 tickets.
£1 tickets are non-refundable and we are unable to make any changes to your booking.
Visits to Kew Palace, The Royal Kitchens and Queen Charlotte’s Cottage are included in Kew Gardens admission. Please note, these buildings will reopen in spring 2024. Kew Gardens operates a separate scheme for those on named benefits. Find out more and book at the Kew website.
Access to The Great Pagoda requires a separate ticket, which will be available as part of our £1 tickets offer when the Pagoda reopens in spring 2024.
During Your Visit
1. One form of supporting document to show eligibility for this offer:
- Universal Credit - show your Universal Credit statement, either on your mobile app or a paper copy
- Pension Credit - DWP letter of confirmation
- Working Tax Credit - HMRC letter confirming Working Tax Credit
- Child Tax Credit - HMRC letter confirming Child Tax Credit
- Employment and Support Allowance - DWP letter of confirmation
- Income Support - DWP letter of confirmation
- Jobseekers Allowance - DWP letter of confirmation
2. Additional identification to confirm name on the supporting documents. This does not need to be a photo ID; a bank card, bank statement, utility bill or work ID is fine.
3. Your reservation document - this is a PDF that you will receive when you book your tickets online.
If you don't have proof of receiving benefits, you can request a letter via Gov.uk.
Yes, but you will also need to show another proof of ID to confirm your name. This does not need to be a photo ID: a bank card, bank statement, utility bill or work ID is fine.
As an independent charity that is committed to making our palaces welcoming and accessible for everyone, we charge for tickets to fund programmes and schemes, like our £1 tickets, for those who have barriers to visiting our palaces.
People must receive Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, Pension Credit, Child Tax Credit, Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support or Jobseeker’s Allowance to be eligible for these tickets.
We know this excludes many people who do not receive these benefits, but still are unable to afford the cost of visiting our palaces. As a charity, Historic Royal Palaces is committed to making our palaces as open and accessible as possible. Through our schools and communities programmes we offer days out and projects that create opportunities for people to meaningfully engage with our spaces and stories, inspiring everyone to feel a sense of belonging at our six wonderful palaces.
The gardens of Hampton Court Palace are open for everyone, for free on selected weekends. You can find these dates on our Hampton Court Palace Opening Times page.