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A floral display reading '200 years' outside the East Front of Kensington Palace, under a bright blue sky and surrounded by formal lawn. The palace is in the background.
Highlights Things to see

Walk in the footsteps of royalty in the beautiful Kensington Palace gardens, and admire the intriguing Sunken Garden.

Open daily

Kensington Palace

Free

The Great Pagoda at Kew surrounded by blue sky and green trees
Highlights Things to see

See The Great Pagoda at Kew Palace, now returned to its 18th-century splendour.

Open daily

Kew Palace

Separate ticket

A guide shows a group of visitors the Throne Room in the State Rooms at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens. Two red and gold thrones sit at one end of the room and the walls are lined with green silk damask and the walls are lined with historical artwork.
Things to see Tours and talks

Discover elegant State Rooms still used by the royal family on a guided tour of Hillsborough Castle.

Open daily

Hillsborough Castle

Included in combined castle tour and gardens tickets (members go free)

The Walled Garden at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, showing the pergola in the distance surrounded by planting and bedding. An archway surrounds the frame of the image and there is a blue cloudy sky
Things to see

Enter the castle grounds through this 18th-century walled garden, which has been expertly restored using traditional methods.

Open daily

Hillsborough Castle

Included in all admission tickets (members go free)

Hillsborough Castle and Gardens running festival
Events

Join us for family races, a 5k, 10k, and half marathon in the castle grounds and the historic village of Hillsborough.

18 August 2019

Hillsborough Castle

09:30

Separate ticket (advanced booking required)

A large lake at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens under a cloudy sky. Foliage from the surrounding trees and planting surrounds the water
Things to see

Explore an expanse of picturesque waterways and magnificent giant sequoia trees in the Lake and Pinetum.

Open daily

Hillsborough Castle

Included in all admission tickets (members go free)

Other pages that may be of interest

Planting in the nurseries at Hampton Court Palace, showing The National Collection of Queen Mary II Exoticks

National plant collections

Hampton Court Palace is the holder of three important National Plant Collections – Heliotropium, Lantana and Queen Mary II’s Exoticks which is designated a Heritage Collection.

Garden highlights

Browse some of the highlights at Hampton Court Gardens.

Green and gold dragons on the Pagoda at Kew Palace

How we brought dragons back to Kew

80 new dragons now adorn the Great Pagoda at Kew once more, following a major conservation project by Historic Royal Palaces.

The Glasshouse Nursery. Showing Stuart Birnie, member of the Garden and Estates team, looking after a variety of summer bedding plants.

Our growing year

A team of 42 gardeners and specialists look after the 60 acres of formal gardens and 750 acres of royal parkland at Hampton Court Palace.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in the White Garden at Kensington Palace

Modern Royals

Kensington Palace is the official residence of TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children, and Prince Harry.

An exterior photo of the South facade of Hillsborough Castle on a sunny September day. Framed by greenery.

About the project

Historic Royal Palaces is embarking on an exciting project - we’re opening the doors of Hillsborough Castle and Gardens for everyone to explore the stories of this extraordinary place, and take part in its inspiring new future.