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Portrait of Queen Victoria on a green background
Highlights Things to see

Explore Queen Victoria’s private life behind her carefully-managed public image in this major new exhibition at Kensington Palace.

Daily until 05 January 2020

Kensington Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

The Lost Dress of Elizabeth I exhibition, showing curator Eleri Lynn looking at the Bacton Altar Cloth in a case. The Rainbow Portrait hangs in the background of the green exhibition space.
Highlights Things to see

See the Bacton Altar Cloth, a rare survival of Elizabethan dress worn by Elizabeth I, and the iconic Rainbow Portrait at Hampton Court Palace.

12 October 2019 - 23 February 2020

Hampton Court Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Choristers from the Chapel Royal choir skate on the ice at the Hampton Court Palace ice rinks in front of the Tudor west gate
Families Highlights

Prepare to be swept away by the seasonal atmosphere of Hampton Court Palace this Christmas as the ice rink returns for another year.

22 November 2019 to 5 January 2020 (excluding Christmas Day)

Hampton Court Palace

09:00 until late (10:00 on weekdays)

Separate ticket (advance booking required)

Young boy looking towards the imperial state crown in the Crown Jewels exhibition
Highlights Things to see

Prepare to be dazzled by this breathtaking, world famous collection of 23,578 gemstones at the Tower of London.

Open daily

Tower of London

Allow one hour

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Vertical shot looking straight up at Rubens' Ceiling at Banqueting House Whitehall, London
Highlights Things to see

Marvel at Sir Peter Paul Rubens' ceiling in its original setting of Inigo Jones' spectacular Banqueting House.

Open daily

Banqueting House

Included in palace admission (members go free)

A Yeoman Warder gives a tour to a group of visitors outside the chapel of St Peter Ad Vincula at the Tower of London
Highlights Tours and talks

Discover captivating stories of pain and passion, treachery and torture on the Yeoman Warder tours at the Tower of London.

Daily

Tower of London

Tours begin every 30 minutes

Included in palace admission (members go free)

SOLD OUT Regimental guards surround the Chief Yeoman Warder as they stand outside the Bloody Tower in the Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London
Highlights Tours and talks

Be part of this ancient tradition, which has taken place every night for at least 700 years in the Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London.

Daily

Tower of London

21:30-22:05

Separate ticket (advance booking required)

A boy holds up a toy sword and shouts as children play in the background at the Magic Garden at Hampton Court Palace
Families Highlights

Meet mysterious beasts, storm the battlements and discover the secret grotto in the Magic Garden at Hampton Court Palace.

Open daily until 03 November 2019

Hampton Court Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Full-length, standing, facing the viewer, head turned half to the right, wearing a white dress with a diaphanous blue wrap, holding a posie of flowers in her right hand; beside a path in a parkland setting, with Kensington Palace in the distance, on the right.
Highlights Things to see

Discover the story of Princess Victoria, the young girl destined to be queen, in the rooms where she was born and raised at Kensington Palace.

Daily

Kensington Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

An actress dressed as Elizabeth I in the Great Watching Chamber at Hampton Court Palace.
Highlights Tours and talks

Explore Hampton Court Palace and discover how people at court lived and dressed during Elizabeth I's reign.

02 September - 25 October 2019

Hampton Court Palace

Daily at various times

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Historic cooks preparing food in Henry VIII's Kitchens
Highlights Things to see

Experience what it takes to be a cook in the kitchens that served Queen Elizabeth I and her court.

Weekends 07 September - 20 October 2019. Weekends 09 November - 15 December 2019.

Hampton Court Palace

Drop-in daily 10:00-17:00

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Illustration of Queen Elizabeth I, head and shoulders
Families Highlights

Discover the world of Elizabeth I this half term at Hampton Court Palace. Become a spy master for the Queen and enjoy performances by the Rose Theatre Kingston's Young Company.

26 October - 03 November 2019

Hampton Court Palace

Drop-in activities throughout the day

Included in palace admission (members go free)