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.
Discover curriculum-linked history resources for all Key Stages that will keep your kids learning about the Tudors, Victorians and more while you're staying home together.
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.
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.
Henry VIII is usually remembered as the uber-confident, intimidating megalomaniac who touted his magnificence on an international stage. But in 1528, a terrifying epidemic of ‘sweating sickness’ brought out his vulnerable side. Tracy Borman explores this strange disease and Henry’s surprising reaction to it.