Historic Royal Palaces

Historic Royal Palaces

Charity information

Historic Royal Palaces

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

Founded 1997

  • Mission statement

    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 five 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.

  • Aims

    Historic Royal Palaces aims to:

    • Discovery. We explain the bigger picture, and then encourage people to make their own discoveries, in particular, to find links with their own lives and with the world today.
    • Showmanship. We do everything with panache. Palaces have always been places of spectacle, beauty, majesty and pageantry, and we are proud to continue that tradition.
    • Independence. We have a unique task, and our own point of view. We challenge ourselves to find new ways to do our work.
    • Guardianship. We exist for tomorrow, not just for today. Our job is to give the palaces a future as valuable as their past.
  • Overview

    Established: January 1997

    Registered Charity Number: 1068852

    Full time staff: 660

    Volunteers: 239

    Phone number: 020 3166 6321

    Address: Waterloo Block HM Tower of London EC3N 4AB

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