Coronavirus - Information for Members

We would like to thank you wholeheartedly for your support at this time. Your generosity enables us to continue our vital work so that when you return, our palaces will be in the best possible condition for you to visit.

The COVID-19 pandemic has meant that donations from members like you have never been more important in keeping the spirit of the palaces alive. We are facing a £100 million shortfall in our finances and put in its starkest terms, we desperately need the help of our supporters where it can be given.

Although our palaces are currently closed, they still need to be looked after so that we can all continue to enjoy them, both now and into the future.

To ensure that every visit is as safe as it can be, the way in which we welcome visitors to our sites has changed.

We appreciate that you may have some queries about your membership, as well as how you will be able to visit our sites safely. We hope to address any queries here.

If you have any questions or concerns which are not covered here, we'd be happy to help. Please get in touch by using the Contact Us form on this website, or email

*Information updated 20 April 2021

Visiting the Palaces as a Member

Palace Opening Queries

When are the palaces open?

In line with the latest Government guidance, the Tower of London, Kensington Palace and the interiors of Hampton Court Palace are currently closed. They will reopen when it is safe to do so.

The gardens at Hampton Court Palace and Hillsborough Castle are open for local members and pre-booked ticket holders to take exercise. 

At this time, palace opening hours and days are subject to change according to local and national restrictions. You can find the latest information by clicking on the relevant palace at the top of this page, and selecting 'Opening Times'.


Will my visit be safe?

The safety of our visitors and staff will always be our priority during this time. We will be offering you a very warm welcome as always, but have introduced some new ways of doing things. For example, there will be fewer people at our sites at any one time and we're paying extra attention to hygiene.

All visitors will need to book a timeslot to visit, including members. Visitors must wear a face covering in our indoor spaces. We're confident that with these additional measures, you're going to have a safe and enjoyable time.

You can find more information on these measures we have taken to keep you safe by clicking below


Keeping you Safe

Booking Free Member Tickets to Visit

All visits must be booked in advance through our website. We will not be able to permit entry without a booked ticket.

At this time we are unable to provide a telephone booking service.

If you would like to book a visit as a member, follow the instructions below:

  1. Log in via the Member Login button at the top of the website homepage (, using your membership number and surname
  2. Once logged in, under ‘Booking tickets after you’ve logged in’, select the palace you wish to visit
  3. Select the date and timeslot you wish to visit
  4. Select the number of Member tickets required - these will have a value of £0.00. You can also add any non-member tickets if necessary. Click ‘Next’
  5. Check the date, time, palace and ticket numbers are correct, then click ‘Next’ again
  6. Enter your details on the final page and click ‘Pay now’ – this will not charge you if you have booked member tickets only, but you will be taken to a payment screen if you have booked non-member tickets as well
  7. You should then see a booking confirmation page, and receive an email shortly afterwards with the same information

Ticket booking queries

I am a current member and I cannot log in

If you are experiencing difficulty logging in to book member tickets, please try entering a space after your surname.

If the problem persists, please contact our team by emailing with your membership number so that it can be investigated.

I have just purchased a membership on the website and I cannot log in

When a membership is purchased through our website, your application will be manually processed in order to generate a membership number.

Please email with your booking reference number, and your membership number will be provided within 72 hours.

Do I need to print out my tickets?

If you do not have access to a printer, you can show your booking confirmation on your smartphone or electronic device to our front of house team, along with your membership card.

I have a child under 5. Do I need to book a ticket for them?

Children under 5 do not require a ticket to be booked, and can enter when accompanied by an adult.

I have a carer. How do I book a ticket for them?

To book a carer ticket, we would recommend reserving an additional ticket under the ‘Member’ option when booking. This will allow you and your carer entry.

Member Login

Making the Most of your Membership

What can I do as a member while the palaces are closed?

Although our palaces are closed, you can still enjoy a lot of benefits which are exclusive to our members, which are listed below.

Inside Story

Our members’ magazine is currently being sent out as a digital edition to members who have consented to receive email updates from us.

Crowdcast Talks with Lucy Worsley

Our Crowdcast talks with Lucy Worsley and a host of expert curators have proven popular during this period. As a member you have exclusive access to all seasons of our online archive of talks.

If you would like to access these talks, please email for further details.

Discount in the Online Shop

Our members are entitled to an exclusive 10% discount on items bought at our shops and cafes, but did you know that you could also receive this discount online too?

Email for further details on how to obtain this discount.

Keeping in Touch with our Members

Is there anything you aren’t receiving from us?

A lot of our contact with members at the moment is by email. Members will receive these emails if consent to receive emails was given at the time of joining.

If you need to update your preferences so that you receive membership emails in future, please email with your membership number to ensure you don’t miss out.

How can I keep up to date with the latest updates from the palaces?

The best way to ensure you are being kept completely up to date with the latest information is to opt in to receiving membership emails from us.

If you need to update your preferences so that you receive membership emails in future, please email with your membership number to ensure you don’t miss out.

I have another query about my membership

We are here to help members at this challenging time. If you have a query or concern, please send us a message on the Contact Us page of the website and our team will respond as soon as possible.

Please note that due to an exceptionally high volume of queries, we may not be able to respond as quickly as we would like. Please do bear with us, and we’ll be in touch as soon as possible.

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Supporting Historic Royal Palaces

How else can I help support Historic Royal Palaces?

Buy a gift membership

Have you considered buying a gift membership, either for yourself or a loved one?

Our gift memberships do not start until they are activated, and this can be up to 12 months after you have purchased it. So whenever you decide to start your membership, you’ll get a full 12 months to use it once activated!

You can purchase a gift membership by clicking the link below. 

Become a patron

Our patrons enjoy a range of exclusive benefits and opportunities. Click below to find out more about becoming a patron.

Make a donation

All donations are received with huge gratitude – we have never needed your support more. With your helps we can keep the spirit of the palaces alive for the future, for everyone. If you are able to donate online, you can do so below.

Visit our online shop

Make a purchase from our online shop to support our work – remember, as a member you receive a 10% discount! Take a look by clicking the link below.

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