Who we are

Historic Royal Palaces is an independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle. 

Our aim is to help everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built. Each of the six royal palaces in our care has survived for hundreds of years. They have witnessed peace and prosperity and splendid periods of building and expansion, but they also share stories of more turbulent times, of war and domestic strife, politics and revolution. Although the palaces are owned by the Queen on behalf of the nation, we receive no funding from the Government or the Crown, so we depend on the support of our visitors, members, donors, volunteers and sponsors.

Historic Royal Palaces Enterprises Limited (HRPE) is the trading arm of the charity, and therefore all profits from retail sales enable us to continue to conserve these magnificent palaces for future generations.

Our company details are: 

Historic Royal Palaces Enterprises Limited


Registered and trading office: Apartment 28
, Hampton Court Palace
, Surrey KT8 9AU, England



Telephone: +44 (0)20 3166 6848 
(09.00 – 17.00 GMT Monday to Friday, except UK Bank Holidays.  An answer phone operates at all other times)



Email: shop@hrp.org.uk 


HRPE is a company registered in England - Company Number: 3418583

VAT no: 710 9813 45

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