Historic Royal Palaces
Here are some of the events happening at the Royal Palaces, from April to June.
Hillsborough Castle and Gardens
From 10 April
Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, Northern Ireland
This April, discover a transformed Hillsborough Castle and Gardens. After five years and a £20 million restoration project, this royal residence and official home of the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland will be officially unveiled to the public. Set within 100 acres of majestic grounds, the newly reopened Castle will kickstart the Spring season with a series of activities for all to enjoy, including tours of the sumptuous State Rooms and gardens led by a team of expert explainers. There will also be fun for all the family over the Easter holidays with storytelling, Easter egg rolling, and costumed characters bringing the history of the Castle to life.
Tickets: Visit hrp.org.uk/hillsborough-castle
Victoria: A Royal Childhood
From 24 May
Kensington Palace, London
To mark the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birth at Kensington Palace, Historic Royal Palaces will unveil two new exhibitions at the palace on her birthday. Victoria: A Royal Childhood will examine Victoria's early years spent at Kensington, with the suite of rooms she and her mother occupied being reimagined in an evocative and family-friendly exploration of royal childhood. In the Pigott Gallery, Victoria: Woman and Crown considers the private woman behind the public monarch and will re-examine her later life and legacy.
Included in Kensington Palace admission. Free for Historic Royal Palaces members.
25 May-1 June
Tower of London
Dive into the world of the Terrible Tudors this May half term with Horrible Histories live on stage, with all the nasty bits left in. From Henry VIII’s punch up with the Pope to surviving the Spanish Armada, discover the grisly details of this infamous royal dynasty in this open-air hour-long performance set in the Tower’s historic dry moat.
Tickets (on sale April): Adult £12, Child £7
Kew Palace and the Great Pagoda
From 5 April
Kew Palace, London
The picturesque Kew Palace opens its doors for the summer months, with a display celebrating the life of Queen Charlotte – a figure closely associated with Kew - throughout 2019. Following its inaugural season, the recently restored Great Pagoda also reopens, allowing visitors to ascend its 253 steps to enjoy the stunning 360° panoramic views over London.
Included in admission to Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
Colonel Blood and the Great Crown Jewels Robbery
Tower of London
Colonel Thomas Blood is one of the Tower of London’s most notorious characters. In 1671, Blood and two accomplices unsuccessfully attempted to make off with the Jewels after tricking the Jewel House Keeper, Talbot Edwards, into letting them handle them. Meet this gang of 17th Century villains as they plan their audacious raid, just like in 1671. Will you join their cunning plot or try to stop them?
Included in Tower of London admission. Free for Historic Royal Palaces members.
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