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NEW Christmas holly and foliage on the main table in the Great Hall at Hampton Court Palace
Events Member only

Join craft gardener Barbara Smith, to learn how to create a festive masterpiece for your table at home.

1 and 7 December 2019

Hampton Court Palace

11:00 and 14:00

Separate ticket (advance booking required)

NOW
BOOKING
Events Member only

Join Siobhan Clarke at the Banqueting Hall for an exclusive tour of this revolutionary building.

9 November and 30 November 2019, 15 February and 29 February 2020

Banqueting House

10:30 and 12:00

Separate ticket (advance booking required)

State Entrance of Hillsborough Castle showing fireplace with surrounding seating and furniture. Looking towards doors leading into Candlestick Hall.
Events Tours and talks

Join an expert guide on a tour of Hillsborough Castle's art treasures including unique works from the Royal Collection and other major lenders.

Last Sunday of every month

Hillsborough Castle

11:45

Included in combined castle tour and gardens tickets (members go free)

A guide shows a group of visitors the Throne Room in the State Rooms at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens. Two red and gold thrones sit at one end of the room and the walls are lined with green silk damask and the walls are lined with historical artwork.
Things to see Tours and talks

Discover elegant State Rooms still used by the royal family on a guided tour of Hillsborough Castle.

Open daily

Hillsborough Castle

Included in combined castle tour and gardens tickets (members go free)

The staircase was painted by William Kent and completed in 1724. The walls depicts an elaborate arcaded gallery with figures behind a balustrade. Many are identifiable as members of King George I's court. The wrought iron balustrade is by Jean Tijou
Highlights Things to see

Discover the intriguing and unexpected characters depicted on the grand entrance to the King's State Apartments.

Open daily

Kensington Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

The bright red walls and hanging art in the King's Gallery at Kensington Palace
Things to see

Explore the King's Gallery, which was transformed by William Kent to showcase the finest paintings of the Royal Collection.

Open daily

Kensington Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Other pages that may be of interest

Historic Royal Palaces Collections

Historic Royal Palaces Collections

Art and decorative arts collections

Art and decorative arts collections at Historic Royal Palaces.

A group of visitors enjoying a viewing of the Red Room, one of Hillsborough Castle's State Rooms. Two young girls appear in the foreground along with a young couple. A small group of older ladies and gentlemen can be seen in the background having just entered the room. The walls are lined with a deep red silk damask and a variety of oil paintings in gold frames of various sizes fill the walls.

A majestic day out, rain or shine

Come rain or shine, there is always something to do in the castle, grounds and eating spots at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens.

Green and gold dragons on the Pagoda at Kew Palace

How we brought dragons back to Kew

80 new dragons now adorn the Great Pagoda at Kew once more, following a major conservation project by Historic Royal Palaces.

Art at the palaces

Art and decorative arts collections at Historic Royal Palaces.