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Explore the palace and feast in the courtyards
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Hampton Court Palace
6 - 8 December 2019

Explore the palace

Your ticket also includes entry* into the palace

Step into a Tudor world and explore Henry VIII’s magnificent palace. Walk in Henry VIII’s footsteps and explore the magnificent Great Hall which once hosted many elaborate banquets. Meet the chefs in the kitchens and see which dishes are on the menu as they prepare them in front of the roaring fire.

Hampton Court Palace wasn’t just home to the Tudors, make time to explore the elegant baroque apartments and glorious formal gardens of William III and Mary II who wanted to make Hampton Court the British equivalent to Versailles.

Don't forget to explore The Maze. On average it takes 20 minutes to find the middle – how long will it take you?
 

*entry not included on Twilight Tickets

More about the palace

The story of Hampton Court Palace...accordian title

The original Tudor palace was begun by Cardinal Wolsey in the early 16th century, but it soon attracted the attention of Henry VIII, who brought all his six wives here. Surrounded by gorgeous gardens and famous features such as the Maze and the Great Vine, the palace has been the setting for many nationally important events. 

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 Gardens...accordian title

The gardens that are visited by thousands of people every year, were once the exclusive playground of kings and queens. New ideas and designs arrived with each new era, from the Tudors through to the Victorians. Today the Gardens and Estate team continue the work of past royal gardeners.

Guided Tours and Dressing for Queen Elizabeth I’s Court... accordian title

Explore the palace and discover how people at court lived and dressed during Elizabeth I's reign.

Guided tour of the State Apartments

Hampton Court is buzzing with the news that Queen Elizabeth I may visit! Join her courtiers as they prepare, and explore how life in the palace changed between the reigns of King Henry VIII and his daughter, Queen Elizabeth I.

Friday
Time: 11:45, 13:15 & 14:45
Duration: 30 mins
Location: From 6-8 December, meet in the Great Hall. This route uses stairs. If you have a mobility issue, please ask our staff for the lift route to the Great Hall.

Saturday and Sunday
Time: 12:30 & 15:00
Duration: 30 mins
Location: From 6-8 December, meet in the Great Hall. This route uses stairs. If you have a mobility issue, please ask our staff for the lift route to the Great Hall.

 

Dressing for Queen Elizabeth I’s Court (Weekends only)

How do you dress for Queen Elizabeth I’s Court? Meet our costumed interpreters to see and discover more about Elizabethan dress and fashions.

Saturday and Sunday 
Time: 11:30 & 14:00
Duration: 30 mins
Location: Queen’s Guard Room (If you have a mobility issue, please ask our staff for the lift route to the Great Hall.)

Meet and greet

Look out for opportunities to bump into our presenters in Elizabethan costume throughout the day.

Various times and locations on the Tudor route.

Elizabethan Cookery... accordian title

Join the team of history cooks and discover the tasty Tudor treats served up to the Court of Queen Elizabeth I.

The Kitchens at Hampton Court Palace are famous for having been built for King Henry VIII, but they continued to be used by his daughter, Elizabeth I, to feed her courtiers and staff.

From roast beef to spiced marchpane, discover some of the Tudor delicacies that would grace the tables in Elizabeth’s palace, and find out how food fashions changed through the sixteenth century.

Choristers...accordian title

Join the Boy Choristers of Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace and sing some of your favourite carols for this bite-sized 20 minute Carol Service in the Chapel Royal.

*Services take place at 11am, 2pm and 3pm on Saturday 7 December only. 

Tudor Kitchen...accordian title

Join us and discover the tasty treats served up to the Court of Queen Elizabeth I. The Kitchens at Hampton Court Palace are famous for having been built for King Henry VIII, but they continued to be used by his daughter, Elizabeth I, to feed her courtiers and staff.

From roast beef to spiced marchpane, come and discover some of the Tudor delicacies that would grace the tables in Elizabeth’s Palace, and find out how food fashions changed through the sixteenth century as our team of history cooks whip up some tasty Tudor treats.

*The cookery will be running Friday, Saturday and Sunday during opening hours,10.00-16.00.

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