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The Lake at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, showing a large stretch of water surrounded by green and orange trees under a cloudy sky
Things to see

Explore the Lake and Pinetum

Open

Hillsborough Castle

Included in all admission tickets (members go free)

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

Re-opens for pre-booked private tours from June 2021. See The Great Pagoda at Kew Palace, now returned to its 18th-century splendour.

Open from June 2021 (pre-booked tours)

Kew Palace

Separate ticket

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.
Things to see

Walk in the footsteps of royalty in the beautiful Kensington Palace gardens.

Open

Kensington Palace

Free

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

Discover elegant State Rooms still used by the royal family inside Hillsborough Castle.

Open

Hillsborough Castle

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

Children explore the Summer House at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens
Things to see

Spark their imaginations with fun garden trails and activities in the Summer House, created especially for children at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens.

Closed

Hillsborough Castle

Included in all admission tickets (members go free)

A gold crown sits on a bright pink background covered in pink flowers
Events

Join us for a fun-filled celebration of late summer in the stunning setting of Hampton Court Palace.

6-11 July 2021. Preview evening 5 July 2021.

Hampton Court Palace

Tuesday to Saturday: 10.00-19.00, Sunday: 10.00-17.00

Separate ticket (advance booking required)

Other pages that may be of interest

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.