Explore with us the home of Henry VIII, his wives and children at Hampton Court Palace. When William III and Mary II (1689-1702) took the throne in 1689, they commissioned Sir Christopher Wren to build an elegant new baroque palace. Later, Georgian kings and princes occupied the splendid interiors.
When the royals left in 1737, impoverished ‘grace and favour’ aristocrats moved in. Queen Victoria opened the palace to the public in 1838. It has remained a magnet for millions of visitors, drawn to the grandeur, the ghosts and the fabulous art collection.
The Palace is surrounded by gorgeous gardens and famous features, so why not arrive in the morning and enjoy them prior to the guided tour. These world-class gardens include 60 acres of formal gardens and 750 acres of parkland, all set within a loop of the River Thames. There is so much to see, the Great Fountain Garden, the Privy Garden, the Orangery Garden, the Kitchen Garden, the Maze and the Great Vine.
Nearest station – Hampton Court (South West Trains run services direct from London Waterloo)
The palace and gardens are open from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm and we have booked a 90-minute guided tour commencing at 1:30 pm prompt. Our guides will lead us through a selection of the following areas: Henry’s Kitchens, the Great Hall, the Haunted Gallery and Processional Route, the Great Watching Chamber and William III’s apartments. Guides are not allowed to accompany us in the Chapel Royal but it can be looked at separately if wanted. The guided tour can be followed by a Traditional Cream Tea in the Tiltyard Café, but seating reservations are not possible.
The Palace is surrounded by gorgeous gardens and famous features, so why not arrive in the morning and enjoy them prior to the guided tour.
TRANSPORT OPTIONS: If you are driving to Hampton Court, parking is available in the car park behind the Barrack Block, just inside the main gate of Hampton Court Palace (£1.60/hour). There is further parking on Hampton Court Green (£1.50/hour) and at Hampton Court train station (£6.80 per day). There are seven bus routes that serve Hampton Court (numbers 111, 216, 411, 461, R68, 267 and 513). Finally, South West Trains have services to Hampton Court station (just a short walk from the Palace).