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The story of Kensington Palace

An elegant retreat for Britain's royal family

The story of the Tower of London

Iconic fortress, royal palace and infamous prison

The Medieval Palace

Luxurious royal lodgings from the 1200s

The story of Hampton Court Palace

Home of Henry VIII and the Tudor dynasty

The Princes in the Tower

Murdered or survived – what happened to Edward and his younger brother Richard?

The story of Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

‘The Grandest House in County Down’

WHAT'S ON AT THE PALACES

  • Things to see

Untold Lives

A new exhibition at Kensington Palace, uncovering the forgotten stories of those who worked at the royal palaces over 300 years ago.

  • Opens 14 March 2024
  • In line with palace opening hours
  • Kensington Palace
  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
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  • Things to see

Bloody Tower

Explore the stories of the Princes in the Tower and Sir Walter Raleigh in the infamous Bloody Tower.

  • Open
  • Tower of London
  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
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  • Things to see
  • Tours and talks

Yeoman Warder tours

Discover captivating stories of pain and passion, treachery and torture with our Yeoman Warder tours at the Tower of London.

  • Available
  • Tower of London
  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
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  • Things to see

The King's State Apartments

Wander through the lavish rooms of the King's State Apartments, each one grander than the last, at Kensington Palace.

  • Reopens 13 December 2023
  • Kensington Palace
  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
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  • Things to see
  • Tours and talks

The Castle

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

  • Group bookings only
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Included in combined castle tour and gardens tickets (members go free)
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  • For members
  • Events

Members-Only Day at Banqueting House

Explore the Banqueting House, Whitehall at your leisure on this exclusive members-only day.

  • 20 January 2024
  • 10.00 - 16.00 (last entry at 15.30)
  • Banqueting House
  • Free
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OTHER PAGES THAT MAY BE OF INTEREST

The Jewish History of the Medieval Tower of London

World-famous as a royal fortress and prison, the Tower of London is also one of the most substantial standing remains of medieval England’s Jewish history. From the mid-twelfth century to the expulsion of the Anglo-Jewry in 1290, the Tower was both a place of imprisonment and of refuge for hundreds of Jews.

Wren 300: Wren's Royal Palace

Head of Historic Buildings Daniel Jackson looks at one of Sir Christopher Wren's most famous and problematic projects: the remodelling of Hampton Court Palace.

The Commonwealth Games

Our resident correspondent (and occasional curator) Brett Dolman* looks briefly into the history of the Commonwealth Games and imagines Henry VIII’s forgotten cricketing disaster at Hampton Court.