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Image of Hillsborough Fort taken from pathway
Tours and talks

Discover the history of the delightful Georgian town of Hillsborough on foot.

25 May - 27 May 2019

Hillsborough Castle

Tours start at 11.00 and 14.00

Separate ticket (advanced booking required)

A boy holds up a toy sword and shouts as children play in the background at the Magic Garden at Hampton Court Palace
Families Highlights

Meet mysterious beasts, storm the battlements and discover the secret grotto in the Magic Garden at Hampton Court Palace.

Open daily

Hampton Court Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Luna Cinema screen with audience watching a film
Events Highlights

Join us in the ultimate setting for a night of cinema under the stars, in the gardens of Kensington Palace.

30 July - 02 August 2019

Kensington Palace

Separate ticket (advanced booking required)

Aerial view of Great Fountain Garden at Hampton Court Palace showing Baroque East Front of palace
Things to see

Renowned across the world, Hampton Court Palace's beautiful gardens are an unmissable attraction.

Open daily

Hampton Court Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

The Kitchen Garden looking south east

Established in the late 17th century, the Kitchen Garden at Hampton Court produced vast amounts of fruit and vegetables for the royal table. Today, the garden has been re-created to its 18th century heyday, using the planting pattern laid down by the palace’s Georgian gardeners.
Things to see

Experience the recreated Kitchen Garden, which would have fed the Georgian royals and now supplies Henry VIII's Kitchens.

Open daily

Hampton Court Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

A lady and four young children walk down stone steps on the South Terrace towards the Jubilee Parterre. The South Façade of the Hillsborough Castle is visible in the background and a blue sky hangs above. The sun is shining brightly and highlights the nearby box-trimmed hedges and white flowers.
Things to see

Discover a charming formal garden and find out why the castle's 19th-century summer house is so unusual.

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.

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.

Garden highlights

Browse some of the highlights at Hampton Court Gardens.

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.