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Historic Royal Palaces Collections

Our collections include more than 60,000 objects relating to the history of the palaces and the lives of those who have lived within them.

Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection

Containing over 10,000 items, the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection is a Designated collection of national and international importance, cared for by Historic Royal Palaces.

Art and decorative arts collections

Art and decorative arts collections at Historic Royal Palaces.

Architectural drawings

The Historic Royal Palaces Architectural Drawings Collection is an archive of historic and modern drawings detailing the architectural histories of the palaces in the late 19th and 20th centuries.

Art at Hillsborough Castle

Hillsborough Castle has become a place in which to see amazing art

The Crown Jewels

The history of the Crown Jewels, including the Imperial State Crown - a priceless collection used to crown the kings and queens of England.

WHAT'S ON AT THE PALACES

  • Things to see

The Crown Jewels

Discover the dazzling history of the Crown Jewels in the spectacular Crown Jewels exhibition.

  • Open
  • Allow one hour
  • Tower of London
  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
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Red Room

Political history meets royal life and a spectacular collection of art, deep in the heart of Hillsborough Castle.

  • Open Wednesday - Sunday
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Included in combined castle tour and gardens tickets (members go free)
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  • Things to see

The Throne Room

Explore the ceremonial heart of the castle, where Queen Elizabeth II received guests at a coronation ball in 1953.

  • Open Wednesday - Sunday
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Included in combined castle tour and gardens tickets (members go free)
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  • Things to see

State Entrance Hall

Start your tour in the magnificent state entrance, where royals, politicians and peacemakers all enter the castle.

  • Open Wednesday - Sunday
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Included in combined castle tour and gardens tickets (members go free)
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  • Things to see

State Drawing Room

Discover contemporary Irish art from the collection of His Majesty The King in this elegant family space.

  • Open Wednesday - Sunday
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Included in combined castle tour and gardens tickets (members go free)
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  • Things to see

State Dining Room

Explore this stylish setting for Georgian entertainment, where Queen Elizabeth II hosted dinners.

  • Open Wednesday - Sunday
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Included in combined castle tour and gardens tickets (members go free)
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Historic Royal Palaces Collections

Our collections include more than 60,000 objects relating to the history of the palaces and the lives of those who have lived within them.

Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection

Containing over 10,000 items, the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection is a Designated collection of national and international importance, cared for by Historic Royal Palaces.

Art and decorative arts collections

Art and decorative arts collections at Historic Royal Palaces.

Architectural drawings

The Historic Royal Palaces Architectural Drawings Collection is an archive of historic and modern drawings detailing the architectural histories of the palaces in the late 19th and 20th centuries.

Objects Unwrapped: A 13th-Century Condiment dish

This small green-glazed ceramic dish was found during excavations near the Middle Tower at the Tower of London in the 1930s. It dates from the late 13th century and was possibly made at a pottery workshop in Kingston, just down the river from Hampton Court Palace.

Progress on the Coat of Arms: Queen Anne's Throne Canopy Conservation

At first glance, the coat of arms embroidery appears to be one whole piece. It is however made up of 19 individual pieces, put together like a puzzle. The picture of the unicorn below shows that it is in fact made of four different sections.