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Hampton Court Palace Tour

Hampton Court Palace - The Baroque South and East Fronts.

Explore historic Hampton Court Palace and its stunning landscaped gardens

A Hampton C0urt Palace Tour is unmissable because . . .

Hampton Court is one of our most impressive Royal Palaces with spectacular gardens sweeping down to the banks of the River Thames. The creation of Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, Hampton Court was where he lived and entertained in splendour. Too much splendour perhaps, for his King, Henry VIII, who became jealous. Wolsey solved the problem by gifting Hampton Court to Henry, who made it even grander and more luxurious. Henry’s impressive Tudor Palace was very nearly lost, however, when successive monarchs decided to refashion it into a grand French-style Palace. Fortunately, they didn’t have the money to see it through, leaving us with a magnificent Palace of two halves!

The must-sees during a Hampton Court Palace Tour includes. . .

  • The huge Tudor Kitchens and wine cellars, catering to 600 people at one sitting.
  • The Great Hall, scene of magnificent feasts and pageants.
  • The Chapel Royal, where Henry VIII experienced both joy and heartbreak.
  • The corridor said to be haunted by the ghost of Queen Catherine Howard.
  • The wood-panelled Georgian Apartments revealing the public and private lives of George II and Queen Caroline.
  • The more intimate King William III Apartments offering a fascinating glimpse into life at court 300 years ago.
  • The astronomical clock showing everything from the phases of the moon to high water at London Bridge.
  • The spectacular Gardens, including the breathtaking Privy Garden and the Great Vine.
  • The world-famous Great Maze, great fun for kids from eight to eighty.

Book a Blue Badge Tourist Guide and learn all about life at Hampton Court Palace during its heyday.

Here’s what you’ll enjoy with a Blue Badge Tourist Guide

  • A guided tour of the highlights and the hidden gems
  • Expert knowledge of the Palace’s history
  • Fascinating accounts of life at the Tudor Court
  • Insights into Royal marriages, divorces, and conflicts
  • A chance to stroll through the magnificent gardens
  • A tour tailored to the interests and needs of your group

Please bear in mind that these are not public tours, but private tours conducted by specialist Blue Badge Tourist Guides who will charge a separate fee, details of which can be found on our  Fees  page.

Hampton Court Palace - In the 16th century, the sunken compartments of Henry VIII's ponds were stocked with fish for the palace kitchens but by 1690 the ponds had been drained. Queen Mary II found the sheltered south-facing gardens an ideal place to house the collection of exotic plants she brought with her from the Netherlands. Today the gardeners make a splash with spring and summer bedding.

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  • Examines the impressive Hampton Court, as well as the history of Henry VIII and other memorable residents
  • Led by a local British historian, visit the Tudor frontage, Great Hall, and huge kitchens

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The Royal Hampton Court Guided Tour and Afternoon Tea

Step back in time to 16th century Tudor England and be immersed in a place steeped in the history and drama of Kings and Queens, Hampton Court Palace.

A perfect “All in One” Experience. Full Day Entry Ticket, an afternoon tea and fun and friendly guide showing you around.

From the beguiling tales of the legendary Henry VIII and his many wives to the unusual joint rulership of William III and Mary II. A fun, friendly and knowledgeable guide will welcome you for a 2 hour experience introducing you to the extraordinary palace and fascinating insights into the lives of the Royalty that lived at Hampton Court. Your guide will escort you to the tea venue where you will then experience the full splendor of Afternoon Tea. You can then continue your exploration of the Palace and grounds at your leisure.

To begin, we will meet at the Station and your guide will bring you to the Palace gates.  They will then introduce you the history of Cardinal Wolsey’s creation which he gifted to Henry in 1528. We will stroll through the courtyards that witnessed great events. Passing under Ann Boleyn’s Gatehouse where she lived before she was executed, we will see the magnificent baroque palace, Fountain Court, created by Sir Christopher Wren for William III and Mary II.     Our tour continues to the restored sunken gardens and then onto the vast Tudor kitchens of Henry’s creation. Finally, we will make our way to a mouth-watering Afternoon Tea.  You will then be free to explore Hampton Court Palace’s outdoor spaces and 60 acres of magnificent gardens as well as have full access to the palace for the remainder of the day. This experience is the perfect blend of a guided tour with refreshments and independent discovery.

We meet at Hampton Court Station

https://goo.gl/maps/H1LG5yVbL8zCNn4m6 Hampton Court is 30 minutes away from Waterloo Train Station with 2 trains leaving per hour. The perfect day out of London

A perfect All in One Experience. Full Day Entry Ticket, an afternoon tea, dedicated sitting area at the official venue, a fun and friendly guide showing you around. A traditional Afternoon tea including delicate finger sandwiches, delicious patisseries and freshly baked scones. Choose a tea from our Royal Selection

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We believe in the power of experiences through one of life’s most simple and enduring pleasure. “Food” brings us together and immerses us in the now. It ignites our senses, creating everlasting memories that connect us to the history of our lives. Our fun and friendly co-hosts will give you a trusted shortcut to the best of London and provide you a personal experience with historical facts, head-turners and most importantly, some delicious food. We are foodies and love to share our passion, we have traveled to an array of different countries and are passionate about people and languages. Come and join us for an unforgettable and delicious experience you will never forget. All our experiences are LGBTQ+ friendly. Please contact us for Private, Corporate & Large Group Bookings or if dates and times are not available.

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Henry VIII's Tudor Palace Virtual Tour

Come inside the sumptuous tudor apartments at hampton court palace.

By Historic Royal Palaces

Tracy Borman, Joint Chief Curator

Hampton Court Palace (2023) by Peter Kindersley Historic Royal Palaces

Hampton Court was Henry VIII’s pride and joy and is the most magnificent surviving Tudor palace in the world. He took it over from his disgraced minister, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, in the late 1520s and immediately embarked upon an ambitious programme of building.

1. Entrance to Great Hall

Each of his six wives has left their mark on the palace. Just before you enter the Great Hall, above the archway on your left you can see the pomegranate emblem of Henry’s first wife, Catherine of Aragon.

2. Great Hall

The centrepiece of Henry VIII’s palace was the Great Hall, designed to overawe visitors.

Detail of the Great Hall roof, Hampton Court Palace (2007) Historic Royal Palaces

It was decorated in honour of the king’s scandalous second wife, Anne Boleyn, who became queen in 1533. If you look closely, you can still see her carved falcon badges in the hammerbeam ceiling,  although they were painted black after her fall.

Although Henry ordered their intertwined initials to be taken down after her execution in 1536, two of them survived and can be spotted in the panelling on either side of the minstrel’s gallery.

3. Great Watching Chamber

As you step into the Great Watching Chamber, take a look at the closed double doors immediately to your right.

This was the most important doorway in the whole palace because it led to the king and queen’s private apartments. Only those high in favour were allowed to pass over this hallowed threshold.

It was here that in 1537, anxious courtiers waited for news of Henry’s third wife Jane Seymour. After a tortuously long labour, she gave birth to the longed-for son and heir, Edward, on 12 October but died twelve days later.

4. Processional Route

After emerging from his private apartments, the pious Henry VIII would process to the Chapel Royal, where he would attend prayers and services several times a day.

These corridors would be lined with courtiers, all petitioning him for favours as he walked by. Among the paintings that hang on the walls today, my favourite is of a young serving boy at the Tudor court, cheekily tapping on a casement window.

A Boy Looking through a Casement (early 17th century) by Flemish School Historic Royal Palaces

It’s thanks to the accounts left behind by servants such as him that we have such a vivid picture of what life was like in the Tudor court – both above and below stairs.

The Council Chamber at Hampton Court Palace (2020) by Richard Lea-Hair Historic Royal Palaces

5. Council Chamber

Here in the Council Chamber, Henry VIII and his ministers debated the most pressing issues of the day –  notably the question of who he should marry after his third wife, Jane Seymour, died.

The Council Chamber (2020) by Richard Lea-Hair Historic Royal Palaces

Thanks to Thomas Cromwell, the king’s most powerful adviser, Anne of Cleves (my favourite of the six) was eventually chosen. But it proved a disastrous match: Henry famously loathed her on sight and the marriage was annulled six months later.

6. Haunted Gallery

Henry VIII had already lined up wife number five before ridding himself of Anne of Cleves. Katherine Howard was probably only a teenager when she caught the attention of the king, who was more than 30 years her senior, but utterly besotted.

Things quickly turned sour when Katherine’s scandalous past and adulterous present were brought to light. The king was told of it while at prayer in the Chapel Royal.

According to (dubious) legend, the terrified Katherine ran screaming along this corridor as she tried to reach her royal husband and beg his forgiveness. It is said that her ghost still haunts it.

7. Chapel Royal

It was here in the Chapel Royal that Henry VIII’s ‘precious jewel’, his son Edward, was christened in October 1537.

It was one of the most lavish christenings ever staged. A huge octagonal platform was built so that the hundreds of dignitaries could get a good view of the proceedings.

The Chapel has changed a bit since Henry’s day, but the magnificent blue and gold ceiling is very much as it was and you can still see the Holy Day Closet above, where we remember Henry’s marriage to his sixth and final wife, Katherine Parr.

The ceiling of the Chapel Royal by William Clement, John Hethe, and Henry Blankston Historic Royal Palaces

Click here to zoom in to take a look at the magnificence of the Chapel Royal ceiling up close.

Visit Hampton Court Palace to discover more about Henry VIII and the Tudor dynasty.

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The inside story

Delve into royal heritage and history at Hampton Court Palace – the former residence of King Henry VIII and his six wives. This royal palace offers a glimpse into the extravagant lifestyle of the Tudor monarchs with its stunning architecture, opulent rooms and gardens. Imagine sitting at a banquet in the Great Hall with its hammer-beam ceiling and tapestries woven with silver and gold thread. It’s safe to say Henry VIII wanted to impress.

Step into the kitchens to see where the feasts were prepared and wander through the State Apartments, the Royal Chapel and look out for the ghost of Catherine Howard in the Haunted Gallery. There are collections for visitors to enjoy and keep an eye out for different exhibitions throughout the year.

Head outside to explore Hampton Court’s gardens. Walk among fountains and step into different areas including the Rose Garden, Kitchen Garden, Privy Garden and Pond Gardens. Find the Great Vine that’s over 250 years old and the world-famous maze will keep visitors of all ages entertained.

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A link that we can now observe between all great monarchies of the world is that they have left behind some of the greatest architectural wonders for us to behold. Their buildings used to represent their might and ideals. They used to be the stronghold of their mental strength and political authority. And all grand historical monuments of the world are known for their ability to immortalize their heydays within their walls. The Hampton Court Palace in Richmond upon Thames serves this purpose for the erstwhile mighty House of Tudor. The symbol of sophistication during its time, Hampton Court Palace is one castle that you should not miss if you find yourself around London.

Here's all you need to know before visiting Hampton Court Palace, a little bit about its history, the highlights of your Hampton Court Palace tour, getting to Hampton Court Palace and the best priced Hampton Court Palace tickets that will transport you years back in British history.

Hampton Court Palace History

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The current site of the Hampton Court was taken over by Thomas Wolsey , King Henry VIII’s chief minister, in 1514. He then spent a fortune to build one of the grandest castles in England in accordance with the renaissance school of architecture. However, very little of Wolsey’s original structures remain. In 1528, he transferred the ownership of the castle to king, Henry VIII who began rebuilding several parts of the castle as soon as he gained ownership. Hampton Court Palace saw through the end of Tudor era and the beginning of the Stuart era.

The Hampton Court Conference held in the castle was the one where King James’ Bible was commissioned. Henry III and Mary II went on another major rebuilding spree on the Hampton Court Palace. More than half of the grand structure was destroyed, altered and repurposed. Further refurbishment was undertaken by King George II and Caroline of Ansbach.

Interesting facts about Hampton Court Palace

  • Hampton Court Palace is one of only two surviving palaces in which Henry VIII took residence. The other one is St. James Palace.
  • William Shakespeare and his company performed several shows over the course of three weeks at the Great Hall of the Hampton Court Palace for King James I around 1604.
  • The Hampton Court Garden has the oldest surviving shrub maze in Britain dating back to 1700. It is open for public admission now.
  • In 1540, an astronomical clock was installed at Hampton Court Palace facing the inner court. It is 15 feet tall and has three separate dials that can tell the time, the date, the position of the Sun relative to the Earth, the phases of the moon, the age of the moon in days, and when the moon crosses the meridian. As such, it can predict the tides of the river Thames.
  • During its affluence, the Hampton Court Palace employed 600 people.
  • Henry VIII married six times. However, his wife from the only Hampton Court Palace marriage, Catherine Parr, survived the wedlock without execution, divorce, or death from other causes.

Where can I get tickets to Hampton Court Palace?

Purchasing your Hampton Court Palace Tickets online is highly recommended. This way, you can avail a few discounts and cashbacks on your tickets. You can also purchase your Hampton Court Palace tickets from the gate from the ticket office located by the car park or just inside the main gates on the left-hand side of the drive.

All Hampton Court Palace tickets come with a complimentary audio guide available in 9 languages ( English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Japanese, Russian, and Korean ) which you must collect from the Information Centre off Base Court once you enter the premises.

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Going from London to Hampton Court

Given its historical significance and architectural grandeur, the Hampton Court Palace is an automatic pick for your next trip to London. Hampton Court Palace lies at a very convenient distance from London city and therefore makes for a great day trip spot.

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Distance from London to Hampton Court

Hampton Court Palace lies 14 miles or 23 kilometers from London.

Duration of Travel

The total travel time from London to Hampton Court Palace should not take more than 40 minutes. This means you have to spend less than 90 minutes on traveling back and forth, which gives you plenty of time to explore the vast castle and its numerous attractions.

Best Way to Travel from London to Hampton Court

You can get to Hampton Court Palace by taking a train from London. You may also avail waterways during the summer months and experience a breezy cruise on River Thames before getting to the Palace. Ideally, taking a guided tour from London to Hampton Court Palace is the way to go. Your travel to and fro is taken care of and you are in the company of an expert guide through the day. Doesn't get better! Alternatively, you may follow our highlights guide below and try to hit as many your schedule permits. The entire castle is bound to take you half a day to discover.

Highlights of the Hampton Court Palace Tour

Hampton Court Palace went through several stages of construction and reformation. Therefore, three different schools of architecture makes its appearance within the entire complex. The earliest and the most popular one is mainly Renaissance inspired. Then comes the French style inspired Stuart era constructions, followed by the notably plain Georgian section. The castle has opened most of the structure for the public. There are exciting scheduled demonstrations to keep visitors of all ages interested throughout the entire day. Here's what you must see inside Hampton Court Palace:

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Henry VIII’s Palace

After taking over from his chief minister, Thomas Wolsey, Henry VIII spent a lot in reforming a living quarter of his own within the Palace. The entire area is well maintained and the audioguide will fill you in with information about day to day life of King Henry VIII and his court in this part of the Hampton Court Palace.

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William III & Mary II’s Apartments

The private apartments of William III and Mary II were used for entertaining guests, displaying prized possessions, and spending their off-court hours. Currently, William III’s dining has been laid out like he would do it himself back in the days. The centerpiece in William III’s closet was designed by Steinwich. The accurate representation of the apartment is sure to catch one’s eyes.

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The largest single room in the entire castle is also arguably the most stunning. Constructed during King Henry III’s phase of restructuring, the Great Hall features strikingly copious hammer beam ceilings. The Story of Abraham tapestries on the walls is believed to be the best work of Henry III’s times. During his stay, the King used the hall as a performance area as well.

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Tudor Kitchens

Henry VIII was known for his vast appetite and therefore encouraged the same in his court. His kitchen at the Hampton Court Palace used to employ 200 cooks, sergeants, grooms, and pages to prepare about 800 meals a day. Know in detail about the complexity of feeding a hungry Tudor court in this part of the palace.

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Chocolate Room

Another place of culinary significance is the Chocolate Kitchens. Built around 1690 by Christopher Wren for the use of William III and Mary II, the Chocolate Kitchen was a modern marvel of its time. Besides various equipment used to prepare delicacies out of chocolate, the Chocolate Room has a portrait of Grace Tosier, a popular figure during the heydays of the kitchen.

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Wolsey’s Closet

Possibly the most elaborately decorated chamber in the entire castle, this closet remains the only remnant of Thomas Wolsey’s living quarters. The panels of the room depict “The Passion of Our Lord” that was commissioned by Henry VIII. The ceiling of the closet features classic Tudor architecture and it must not be missed.

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Cumberland Art Gallery

The Cumberland Art Gallery features a wide selection of artwork that is mostly a part of the Royal Collection. A vast majority of the artworks relate the history of Hampton Court Palace. The Cumberland Suite, originally created by William Kent, was restored in 2014 after years of exhaustive research.

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The Triumphs of Caesar

A set of nine paintings enrich the collection within the legendary Mantegna Gallery at Hampton Court Palace. Painted by Andrea Mantegna, these paintings are widely regarded as one of the significant achievements of Renaissance art. The paintings were bought by Charles I and have remained at the Hampton Court Palace for almost 400 years.

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Hampton Court Gardens

Home to the largest grape vine in the world, the Hampton Court Gardens are the best place for a siesta should you get tired of exploring the inner chambers. The garden occupies 750 acres of sprawling land. The grape vines and the orange gardens keep the entire area alive throughout the year.

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Magic Garden

The Hampton Court Garden does its part to entertain the children with this attraction. The playground unites the element of fantastical beasts with the basic fun of enactment of scenarios. There are separate areas of the playground that are dedicated to myths, legends, and stories that are related to the history of Hampton Court Palace.

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Royal Tennis Courts

The first tennis courts were constructed at the Hampton Court Palace between 1526 and 1529. Later on, King Henry VIII used the courts for friendly games. One of the surviving courts dates back to 1625. Currently, you may visit the courts only during the summer.

The Hampton Court Maze

Hampton Court Palace Maze

The Hampton Court Maze is one of the most exciting spots within the Hampton Court Gardens. This engaging and rather confusing structure is Britain's oldest surviving hedge maze and takes to the heart of adults and children alike. Planted by George London and Henry Wise for William III of Orange in 1690, the maze comprised of hornbeams then but in 1960, the 'Wilderness Garden' as it was nicknamed was replaced with yew. It is one of the first multicursal or puzzle maze, which makes it harder to find your way in and out of it.

The Hampton Court Maze takes an average of 30-45 minutes to complete, and though it is an ‘island maze’ which contains separate sections causing this technique to not normally work, the hedges are grown in a fashion where placing and keeping one’s right hand along a wall will lead them to the center.

A recent addition to the Hampton Court Maze is the audio exhibit - Trace. Spread across the hedges is a gentle “soundwork” composed of music fragments, snippets of conversation, the rustle of fine silks, and tantalizing laughter that disappears upon turning corners; aimed at luring visitors down certain paths, Trace is a permanent art installation that will eventually incorporate one thousand generated sounds.

The Hampton Court Maze remains closed for Christmas, Boxing Day, and on account of adverse weather conditions.

Hampton Court Palace Map

Below is an easy to understand Hampton Court Palace map that will help you navigate around the palace. Download this Hampton Court Palace Map and keep it handy on your phone if you're doing a self guided/ audio guided tour of the Palace. If you're taking a guided tour of the Palace, leave the task of navigating to your expert guide and simply enjoy the intricacies of the Palace.

Hampton Court Palace Opening Times

Summer( until november 1st, 2022).

September 7, 2022 - October 21, 2022: Open from Wednesday to Sunday: 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM, with last admission to Palace at 4:30 PM October 22, 2022 - October 30, 2022: Open daily from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM, with last admission to Palace at 4:30 PM

Winter (November 2,2022 - March 26,2023)

November 2, 2022 - December 1, 2022 Open from Wednesday to Sunday: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, with last admission to Palace at 3:00 PM December 2, 2022 - December 4, 2022 Open from Wednesday to Sunday: 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM, with last admission to Palace at 4:00 PM December 7, 2022 - March 26, 2023 Open from Wednesday to Sunday: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, with last admission to Palace at 3:00 PM Closed on:

  • 5, 6, 19, 24, 25, and 26th of December, 2022
  • January 3, 2023
  • February 21 and 22, 2023

The Chapel Royal is a working chapel that closes for religious services on Sundays and other religious days like Good Friday.

Getting To Hampton Court

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Molesey, East Molesey KT8 9AU, UK

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  • London to Hampton Court Palace by Train

You can reach Hampton Court Station from Waterloo Station on the South West Trains services. Trains run every half an hour. If you have an Oyster Card, you can use it to travel from Waterloo to Hampton Court Station.

  • London to Hampton Court Palace by Bus

Hop on to bus numbers 111, 216, 411, 461, 513 from Kingston and get dropped at Hampton Court Palace.

  • London to Hampton Court by Car

Hampton Court Palace is located on A308. Take exit 12 from M25. You can park your car on-site for £1.60 or at Hampton Court Green ( 500 m away) for £1.50 per hour.

  • London to Hampton Court by Taxi

Taxi drop off is available at the Palace gate. Taxis can be easily availed from Hampton Court Station.

  • London to Hampton Court by Boat

You can take a boat from Kingston-upon-Thames to Hampton Court Palace which will take you approximately 35 minutes one way, and a total price of £32. Read more about going from Kingston-upon-Thames to Hampton Court Palace by Turk Boats here.

Know Before You Visit

  • Luggage : Lockers are available for moderately sized baggage for £1 coin deposit.
  • Cafe : The Tiltyard Café, The Privy Kitchen Café, and The Fountain Court Café are three eateries within Hampton Court Palace.
  • Audio Guide : Audio guide prices are included within admission tickets to Hampton Court Palace and be collected when entering the palace.
  • Hampton Court Palace events : There are frequent events at Hampton Court Palace. Check out the events that are currently running at Hampton Court Palace.

Insider Tips for your Hampton Court Palace visit

  • Entry to the Hampton Court Palace is free for the holders of the London Pass.
  • General photography without flash is permitted within Hampton Court Palace premises except for within Chapel Royal and Royal Pew.
  • Audio guides are available in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Japanese, Russian, and Korean apart from English.
  • Most of the Hampton Court Palace is accessible by all. There is no discount for disabled individuals, however, a carer is admitted free of charge with the individual.
  • If you're visiting Hampton Court Palace anytime from 17 November 2022 to 8 January 2023 (except 25 December), prepare to be swept away by the seasonal atmosphere at the Hampton Court Palace ice rink. The ice rink is open daily from 10:00 AM to 8:45 PM, with the entry closing at 8 PM. Grab tickets for skating at the ice rink here.
  • The Hampton Court Book Club is a monthly member-only event that starts at 6:30 in the Weston room of the Clore Centre in the Barrack Block at Hampton Court Palace. If you're a bibliophile who loves the Biblichor and the company of other book lovers, joining this book club meeting is highly recommended. Read more about the Hampton Court Book Club .
  • If you are driving to the Hampton Court Palace, drive a bit farther on Hampton Court Road to find a high capacity car park.
  • Carry comfortable shoes if you plan to cover the entire Hampton Court Palace complex. You may end up walking as much as 2 miles.

Hampton Court Palace Review

The palace is incredible with history covering several centuries of British history. Starting with Henry VIII and carrying on for at least two centuries. The insteriors are incredible and there is lots to see and do. The grounds are fantastic with the formal gardens and of course the infamous maze.

- Richard M, October 2022 Tripadvisor

The entry price seems high, but when you realise how much there is to see - both inside and in the grounds - it's actually better value than many historical country houses. The gardens include both formal and informal, and include a decent place for food. There are several sets of rooms that illustrate the periods of Henry VIII and the Hanoverians, as well as some rooms used to display art. The audio guide really helps you to understand what you are seeing, and was included in the price. The kitchens are very extensive and we saw people demonstrating some historic dishes. All the staff seemed very knowledgeable and enthusiastic.

- Jeremy B, October 2022 Tripadvisor

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Where is the best place to park near Hampton Court Palace?

There are several car parks located near Hampton Court Palace, including the official palace car park and a number of public car parks.

Is there an annual Hampton Court Palace Festival?

Yes, the Hampton Court Palace Festival is held every summer and features a variety of musical performances.

What are the opening hours for Hampton Court Palace?

 The opening hours for Hampton Court Palace vary depending on the time of year, but the palace is generally open from 10am to 4pm.

Is there a dress code for visiting Hampton Court Palace?

There is no formal dress code for visiting Hampton Court Palace, but visitors are asked to refrain from wearing overly casual or revealing clothing.

How long does it take to tour Hampton Court Palace?

Most visitors spend between 2 and 3 hours touring Hampton Court Palace. However, there is no time limit and you can stay as long as you like.

What can I see at Hampton Court Palace?

There are a number of things to see at Hampton Court Palace, including the State Apartments, the Chapel Royal, and the gardens.

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I'm starting to prepare for a solo trip to Russia for the fall this year or next spring. I will have to go back to Paris. If I build my air ticket right, I can open-jaw Moscow & St Petersburg, with Paris as a stop-over, for not much more $ than the return ticket to just Paris (AF). The order these two cities will be done will depend on the season (start with St P in the fall, Moscow in the spring). I can schedule in 7 nights at minimum (3 in Moscow, 4 in St P), but can consider as long as 3 weeks. There seems to be plenty of decent budget accommodations in both cities. If I spend the min. time, then I will likely take the new train service between the two cities. What if I wanted to spend more time: What extra things should I do or visit if I schedule more time in Moscow and/or St Petersburg? More importantly: what can I include between the two cities? All suggestions are welcome! Thanks! PS - I have the Thomas Cook Traveller Guide to Moscow & St Petersburg (4th ed) on order.

Diane, I haven't been back to Russia since the early 1990s, but on my two trips there back in the day, the common stop overs in the region were cities of the "Golden Ring" surrounding Moscow. As part of student tour groups, I've toured the cities of Vladimir, Suzdal and Novgorod en route from Moscow to St. Petersburg. (Novgorod, or Velikii "Great" Novgorod in particular can be reached between the two giant Russian cities. Search guidebooks or online to see if their sites interest you, but be sure to not confuse "Great" Novgorod with Nizhnii Novgorod, known during the communist era as "Gorky"). I have co-workers who have traveled to Yaroslavl and Rostov and they spoke highly of these cities, too.

I would recommend at least 4 nights in Moscow. I had a tip from another traveler who said "Moscow is a huge city not used to tourists. Plan on seeing one major sight a day, and anything else is gravy." At first I did not really believe this, but after visiting, it is true. The distances are massive and even if you make good use of the metro, there is still often a hike to wherever you are going. It is a fabulous city, however. PM me if you would like more information, we were there in 2008.

In St. Petersburg take a few walking tours from Peter's walking tours - got to places that we would never have found with out them.

Here is a tentative tour itinerary for a four days' stay in St. Petersburg and three days' stay in Moscow: St. Petersburg – Day 1 – a panoramic city tour with visits to Peter-and-Paul fortress, St. Isaac's cathedral and the Church-on-Spilt Blood (approx. 6 hrs.) Day 2 – a trip to Catherine's palace in Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) and the palace of Paul the First in Pavlovsk (approx. 6 hrs.) Day 3 – a day at the Hermitage – a tour of the museum and the two Gold Rooms (approx. 5 hrs.) Day 4 – a trip to Peterhof to visit the Grand Palace, the fountain park, upon return downtown – excursions at Usupov palace and/or the Russian museum (7-8 hrs.) Two more summer palaces of the Russian Tsars are located in the towns of Gatchina and Oranienbaum, about 1.5 hrs. drive from the center of St. Petersburg. Moscow – Day 1 – a panoramic city tour with a visit to Novodevichy convent (approx. 6 hrs.) Day 2 – a tour of the Kremlin with the Diamond Fund and the Armory, the Red Square and Kitai-gorod tour (approx. 6 hrs.) Day 3 – Pushkin Art Gallery and Tretiakov Art Gallery (approx. 5 hrs.) A few days can be spent visiting the ancient Russian towns of the Golden Ring. Novgorod can be visited either on the way from one city to the other, or on a day trip from St. Petersburg.

I was in Petersburg for 2 days (way too short). We found it pretty difficult because almost no one spoke English and we spoke no Russian. Many (if not most) taxi drivers neither speak English nor read the Latin alphabet. At the Hermitage, even some of the ticket sellers didn't speak English. Almost none of the exhibits were labeled in English. Unless you speak and read Russian, I would imagine it would be near impossible to visit anywhere outside of Moscow and Petersburg. Do spend the time to learn to read Cyrillic - at least you will be able to read the names.

Yes, I found having the hotel front desk write little notes for me in Cyrillic very helpful. They would write "Two Metro 10 Ticket booklets please" and other things down for me. It was invaluable.

Thank you so much everyone!! As I now have looked a bit more into this idea of combining Russia with Air France tickets to Paris, I am getting sold on it. I think that I have a handle on the visa situation and can deal directly with the office in Ottawa for it. I hadn't given any thought to learning the Cyrillic alphabet, so I appreciate the encouragement to do so, especially if the phonetic word can make a bit of sense. I have been in situations before of dealing with important language barriers, so every little bit helps! I spent 10 weeks traveling solo in Iran, but learning to read anything in Farsi beyond the numbers was not helpful in that case. It looks like I'll be able to add enough time to both cities and more, so 2-3 weeks will be likeliest. I will post again when more specific questions come up. I will probably not find out until June or July, as to when I will need to schedule the next trip to France (to include Russia).

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Highlights:.

  • Hit the Red Square;
  • Explore the nooks and crannies of Alexander Garden;
  • Get a taste of the ancient Kitay Gorod;
  • Learn about the tragic destiny of the Christ the Savior Cathedral;
  • Roam through the heart of Moscow.

Walking Tour Itinerary:

Here are our TOP 7 things to help you start your Russian adventure or tick off before you say goodbye to Moscow.

Wander around the vast cobblestone square with rich past, gorgeous architecture, incredible GUM , bright colors of the Kremlin and swirling Saint Basil’s Cathedral .

Kitay Gorod

Walk across the Red Square to see the embankment of old Moscow river and plunge into the atmosphere of ancient Russian village where nobles preferred to settle in XV century.

Varvarka street

Walk up Varvarka street to find the landmark of Kitay Gorod - Palace of the Romanov Boyars, which was built in the XVI century and where lived the first Tsar from the Romanov dynasty.

Old English Court

Look at the Old English Court , which used to be the English Embassy in Moscow and where Ivan the Terrible confined the envoy from England, because Queen Elizabeth I refused to marry him.

Alexander Garden

Watch the solemn ceremony of the Changing of the guards , pay respect to the eternal flame at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier , and the stone Grotto , The huge fountain in the centre adds a sophisticated feel to the almost 200 year old garden.

Christ the Savior Cathedral

Walk to the cathedral which is of a great cultural value to Russians. Its marvelous exterior, enormous golden domes, colossal bronze doors and pristine white walls will touch your feelings.

Patriarch’s Bridge

Pause on the bridge and marvel at the Kremlin, river cruises, monument after Peter the Great and Red October Chocolate Factory , which is now a nightlife hub for youngsters.

About Moscow:

We picked up a list of article that might be useful and helpful to you during your stay in Moscow. These are things to do in Moscow, tips about Moscow, best cafes in Moscow and simply fun facts about Moscow. Enjoy reading!

Before coming to Moscow:

  • Our fun guides sharing their observations about their tours and best practices:
  • https://friendlylocalguides.com/blog/moscow-private-guides-on-tours-in-moscow
  • What you should know about Moscow:  
  • https://friendlylocalguides.com/blog/5-things-to-know-before-you-go-to-moscow

Off the beaten path of Moscow:

  • Kitay Gorod:
  • https://friendlylocalguides.com/blog/moscow-must-see-fun-facts-about-kitay-gorod
  • Zamoskvorechye:
  • https://friendlylocalguides.com/blog/moscow-must-see-fun-facts-about-zamoskvorechye
  • White City:
  • https://friendlylocalguides.com/blog/moscow-off-the-beaten-path-white-city  

The best parks in Moscow:

  • Muzeon Statues Park:
  • https://friendlylocalguides.com/blog/moscow-off-the-beaten-path-muzeon-park
  • Gorky Park: 
  • https://friendlylocalguides.com/blog/moscow-gorky-park
  • Tsaritsino Park: 
  • https://friendlylocalguides.com/blog/moscow-must-see-37-reasons-to-visit-tsaritsyno
  • Kolomenskoe Park:
  •   https://friendlylocalguides.com/blog/things-to-do-in-moscow-kolomenskoe-museum-reserve

The most historical and beautiful streets of Moscow:

  • Arbat  srreet: 
  • https://friendlylocalguides.com/blog/things-to-do-in-moscow-arbat-street
  • Tverskaya street: 
  • https://friendlylocalguides.com/blog/moscow-things-to-do-tverskaya-street
  • Downtown of Moscow: 
  • https://friendlylocalguides.com/blog/things-to-do-moscow-streets

What to do in Moscow:

  • How to have a Real Russian Experience:
  • https://friendlylocalguides.com/blog/real-russian-experience
  • Things to do in Moscow:
  • https://friendlylocalguides.com/blog/21-things-to-do-in-moscow
  • Architectural masterpieces, hidden gems of Moscow:
  • https://friendlylocalguides.com/blog/things-to-do-in-moscow-off-the-beaten-path
  • Top Moscow attractions:
  • https://friendlylocalguides.com/blog/top-10-moscow-attractions

Budget travel:

  • How to have fun in Moscow for less than $4:
  • How to save money in Moscow:
  • https://friendlylocalguides.com/blog/7-ways-to-save-money-while-travelling-to-moscow

Cafes & restaurants in Moscow:

  • Moscow cafes with Russian breakfast:
  • https://friendlylocalguides.com/blog/moscow-cafes-with-russian-breakfast
  • Best Moscow restaurants:
  • https://friendlylocalguides.com/blog/best-moscow-restaurants
  • Best coffee shops in Moscow:
  • https://friendlylocalguides.com/blog/moscow-best-coffee-shops

Moscow Metro:

  • Facts about Moscow Metro:
  • https://friendlylocalguides.com/blog/fun-facts-about-moscow-metro
  • Myths about Moscow Metro:
  • https://friendlylocalguides.com/blog/7-myths-about-moscow-metro
  • Facts about Moscow:
  • https://friendlylocalguides.com/blog/fun-facts-50-facts-about-moscow
  • Fun Facts about Kremlin:
  • https://friendlylocalguides.com/blog/33-fun-facts-from-our-kremlin-tours
  • The best flea markets in Moscow:
  • https://friendlylocalguides.com/blog/moscow-best-flea-markets
  • Top 5 Russian souvenirs:
  • https://friendlylocalguides.com/blog/top-5-russian-souvenirs

What you get:

  • + A friend in Moscow.
  • + Private & customized Moscow tour.
  • + An exciting pastime, not just boring history lessons.
  • + An authentic experience of local life.
  • + Flexibility during the walking tour: changes can be made at any time to suit individual preferences.
  • + Amazing deals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the very best cafes & restaurants. Discounts on weekdays (Mon-Fri).
  • + A photo session amongst spectacular Moscow scenery that can be treasured for a lifetime.
  • + Good value for souvenirs, taxis, and hotels.
  • + Expert advice on what to do, where to go, and how to make the most of your time in Moscow.

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    Opening times. 31 March - 12 May 2024 (Closed 07 May) Daily: 10:00-17:30. Last admission: 16:30. Temporary route closures are in place around the palace. Check our opening times page for all closures before you visit. The Magic Garden opens at 11:00 on certain dates throughout the year.

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    Hampton Court Palace & Windsor Castle Private Car Tour from London. 5. Immerse yourself in Britain's storied royal history during this full-day, luxury tour of two stunning estates, Hampton Castle and Windsor Castle. Travel comfortably from your London hotel in a private, chauffeured Mercedes vehicle.

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    Hampton Court Gardens & Park. Cardinal Wolsey Conduits were laid in to bring water from Coombe Hill. Henry VIII At the time of his marriage to Anne Boleyn, and possibly under her influence with experience of more sophisticated Continental courts, the formal gardens were developed,…. Acquisition and Rebuilding of Hampton Court.

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    Hop on a train from London to Hampton Court Palace, and visit the most well-known home of infamous Henry VIII. On this Hampton Court Tour, led by a local British historian, we will both appreciate the opulence and historical significance found throughout the grounds. Together, we will inspect the impressive Tudor frontage, the Great Hall, with ...

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    You can get Hampton Court Palace tickets directly on-site or on the official website. Prices vary between peak and off-peak seasons, and are as follows: Adults: £26.30 off-peak; £29 peak. Senior (aged 65+): £21 off-peak; £23.20 peak. Students (student id card required) and 16 and 17 year old: £21 off-peak; £23.20 peak.

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    Step back in time to 16th century Tudor England and be immersed in a place steeped in the history and drama of Kings and Queens, Hampton Court Palace. Public Private. adults £139. Duration: 2 hours / full day access. Period: All Year / Closed on 24/25/26 December / 3rd January.

  8. Henry VIII's Tudor Palace Virtual Tour

    Henry VIII's Tudor Palace Virtual Tour. Hampton Court was Henry VIII's pride and joy and is the most magnificent surviving Tudor palace in the world. He took it over from his disgraced minister, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, in the late 1520s and immediately embarked upon an ambitious programme of building. 1.

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    Duration: 5 hours. Five hours Traffic may affect tour duration. Transportation. Electric London Taxi Air conditioned Please note that three of the seats face forwards & three face backwards Hampton Court Palace is around an hour outside of London. What's Included. Guiding Services; Private Transportation; Other: Transportation Guiding ...

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    The Tudor Experience - up to 1hour 30 mins. Enter via the main entrance into Base Court. Go left to enter into. Master Carpenter's court and follow the corridor down to the: Tudor Kitchens (30 mins) Transport yourself back to the heyday of royal cooking and entertainment. Exit the Tudor kitchens and go right down the corridor, past the cellar ...

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    Duration 2 hours. Available in: en. Instant Confirmation. from: $178.00. Book tickets and tours to Hampton Court Palace and step into the former residence of King Henry VIII. See the State Apartments, Royal Chapel and more and enjoy the beautiful gardens.

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    The ice rink is open daily from 10:00 AM to 8:45 PM, with the entry closing at 8 PM. Grab tickets for skating at the ice rink here. The Hampton Court Book Club is a monthly member-only event that starts at 6:30 in the Weston room of the Clore Centre in the Barrack Block at Hampton Court Palace.

  15. What's included in your palace ticket

    The Indian Army at the Palace. Explore the forgotten story of Indian Army soldiers who camped at Hampton Court Palace in the early 20th century, through a new exhibition of previously unseen objects, photographs, film and personal stories. Until 29 September 2024. In line with palace opening hours.

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    Day 4 - a trip to Peterhof to visit the Grand Palace, the fountain park, upon return downtown - excursions at Usupov palace and/or the Russian museum (7-8 hrs.) Two more summer palaces of the Russian Tsars are located in the towns of Gatchina and Oranienbaum, about 1.5 hrs. drive from the center of St. Petersburg.

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    Moscow in 3 days. Tour price: 550 USD. Tour duration: 3 days (24 hours) Additional expanses: Entrance tickets to the museums. Day I. On the first day you will take a driving tour of the city. Then we suggest a short break for lunch and a visit to the Tretyakov art gallery, the biggest museum of the national Russian art.

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  20. Hampton Court Palace

    Opening times. 31 March - 12 May 2024 (Closed 07 May) Daily: 10:00-17:30. Last admission: 16:30. Temporary route closures are in place around the palace. Check our opening times page for all closures before you visit. The Magic Garden opens at 11:00 on certain dates throughout the year.

  21. How to travel to Hampton Court Palace

    Hampton Court Palace is a short bus journey via routes 111 or 216, which can be picked up from stop P2 or R in Kingston town centre. Options include: Rose Car Park (417 spaces) Seven Kings Car Park (1062 spaces) The Bittoms Car Park (303 spaces) You can also check for nearby parking on the your parking space website.