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.
If the kids need to let off some steam, let them run wild in the Magic Garden playground before getting lost in the maze. On average it takes 20 minutes to fine the middle – how long will it take you?
To find out more and to plan your day, click here to visit the Hampton Court Palace website.
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 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.
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