We are lucky enough to look after extraordinary palaces, spaces and objects in our palaces. We look after Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace, Banqueting House, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle and Gardens in Northern Ireland.
Between them, the six extraordinary historic buildings in our care have witnessed 1,000 years of history. They have survived many tumultuous moments in the past.
While the palaces are closed, take a look at some highlights and stories that we can share with you during these challenging times.
Our palaces are full of hidden secrets. Whilst our palace doors are closed, take a peek behind the scenes in our video series.
Take a virtual tour around Hillsborough Castle and Gardens
Read stories from our curators about our palaces and the people who lived in them.
In 1700, works by Raphael and Verrio comprised an integral part of the decorative scheme designed for William III and his new palace at Hampton Court. Was this a complete failure in aesthetic taste and judgment by the King?
With the gardens at Hampton Court Palace open again, Gardens and Estates Manager Graham Dillamore delves into the winding history of The Wilderness garden, exploring how generations of monarchs and designers have all shaped and reshaped this one corner of the palace.
Elizabeth I is one of history’s most iconic monarchs, instantly recognisable in her numerous representations. But have you ever wondered what it took to create the Elizabethan look? Joint Chief Curator Tracy Borman explores Elizabeth I’s beauty secrets.