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.
Come face to face with mysterious mythical beasts in The Magic Garden, and lose yourself in the UK's oldest surviving hedge maze.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Hampton Court Palace Maze is the UK's oldest surviving hedge maze. Commissioned around 1700 by William III, it covers a third of an acre and is known for confusing and intriguing visitors with its many twists, turns and dead ends. On average, it takes 20 minutes to reach the centre.
The Maze was designed by George London and Henry Wise and is trapezoid in shape. Originally planted using hornbeam, it was later replanted using yew. It is referred to as a multicursal or puzzle maze.
Before the creation of the Hampton Court Maze, unicursal or single path mazes were the most popular form of maze in the UK. Unlike the puzzle maze, the single path maze has one path, usually in a spiral shape, winding to a centre point.
Come face to face with mysterious mythical beasts, storm the battlements, besiege the towers and explore the secret grotto in this magical children's playground.
The Magic Garden provides a unique way for your family to explore the history of Hampton Court Palace.
Each area represents myths, legends, stories and even real objects that can be found at Hampton Court.
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