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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 King 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.


Last year your purchases have contributed to earning national awards for exemplary conservation and restoration at Hillsborough Castle and Kew Pagoda; welcoming over quarter of a million visitors to the Victoria: Woman and Crown exhibition; expanding our school's programme to include accessibility functions in our guides; and, research to discover the only known surviving dress of the indomitable Queen Elizabeth I.


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Our company details are:

Historic Royal Palaces Enterprises Limited

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

Telephone Due to the governments guidance on the Coronavirus issue, we do not currently have a customer service line available. We are working on a solution for this, in the meantime; please contact us at [email protected] for any enquiries.

Email: [email protected]

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

VAT no: GB 710 9813 45