Take a step back in history and walk the hallways of one of the country's most iconic royal residences, Hampton Court Palace!

One of the many residences of the Tudor King Henry VIII, Hampton Court Palace is only one of two of his palaces that are still intact today (the other being St. James’ Palace). After taking over the incredible building from Cardinal Wolsey in 1514, Henry VIII further extended, developed, landscaped and furnished the palace with tapestries, artefacts and paintings. Over the centuries, royal occupants have continued to add to the royal residence, with King William III trying to make it rival the Palace of Versailles in Paris.

Set in 60 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens that includes the world-famous maze and Great vine vineyard, this historic palace is worth a visit for anyone interested in British royal history!

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Highlights

  • 60 acres of Hampton Court gardens.
  • The world-famous Maze, planted originally in the 1690s and is the UK's oldest surviving hedge maze
  • King's Beasts statues - standing on the bridge over the moat, these statues represent the ancestry of King Henry VIII and his third wife Jane Seymour.
  • The Great Vine vineyard, planted in 1769 and by 1968 had a trunk 81 inches thick and a length of 100 feet. It still produces an annual crop of grapes to this day.
  • Anne Boleyn's Gate and Astronomical Clock - made for Henry VIII in 1540. It is 15 feet tall and can tell you the hour, day of the month and position of the Sun relative to the Earth as well as phases of the moon, the age of the moon in days and when the moon crosses the meridian.
  • Tudor Kitchen: built to feed the entire court of 1000 people
  • A replica of Henry VIII's crown sits on display in the Royal Pew 

Did You Know

  • Hampton Court Palace is rumoured to be haunted by a screaming female ghost, thought to be the ill-fated fifth wife of Henry VIII Katherine Howard, and the grey ghost of Dame Sybil Penn
  • At its height, Hampton Court Palace employed over 600 people
  • William Shakespeare and his company the King's Men performed several places for King James I in the Great Hall
  • Three of the walls surrounding the original tennis court, date back to the 17th Century, one being an original of Cardinal Wolsey's time
  • The only wife of Henry VIII who survived the marriage without execution, diveroce or death was Catherine Parr, whom Henry married at Hampton Court Palace in 1543 

Don't Miss

Hampton Court Gardens
The entire park covers 750 acres and the gardens cover 60 acres,  here you'll find the Great Vine, The Privy Garden - a recreation of the 1702 garden for King William III, Tiltyard Walls, Home Park, which is home to deer and wild birds as well as the infamous Palace Maze, originally planted in 1690, it's made up of half a mile of winding passages between 7ft high yew tree hedges.

The Great Vine
Originally planted in 1769, the vineyard has long been a highlight of Hampton Court Palace. The vine still produces an annual crop of grapes which are usually ripe after the August Bank Holiday.

Chapel Royal
The palace's chapel still delivers traditional services througout the year and is a beautiful example of baroque architecture. It was here in 1540 where Archbishop Canmer presented Henry VIII with the letter accusing his fifth wife Katherine Howard of adultery.

Tudor Kitchens
Hampton Court Palace was already considered a modern palce when it was first built, complete with a 36,000 square foot kitchen. It was continuously expanded between 1530 and 1737, and was said to cater to over 600 people twice a day, as well as prepare huge royal banquets.

Tennis Courts
The first tennis court at Hampton Court Palace was built for Cardinal Wolsey in the 16th Century. Henry VIII was a keen tennis player who loved getting out on the court. The court's viewing gallery is only open to the public during the Summer months (April to October).

Using Your London Explorer Pass

Present your pass at the admissions desks at the main entrance.

How to Get There

  • South West Train from Wimbledon or Waterloo to Hampton Court
  • Take the London Underground or Overground to Richmond and change to the R68 Bus to Hampton Court

The London Explorer Pass is the best choice for maximum savings and flexibility. Choose to use your pass for Hampton Court Palace, then look to the list of other top attractions for your other Explorer Pass admission choices!

Mid October to Mid March
Monday 10.00 - 16.30
Tuesday 10.00 - 16.30
Wednesday 10.00 - 16.30
Thursday 10.00 - 16.30
Friday 10.00 - 16.30
Saturday 10.00 - 16.30
Sunday 10.00 - 16.30
Last Admission: 15.30
Mid March to Mid October
Monday 10.00 - 18.00
Tuesday 10.00 - 18.00
Wednesday 10.00 - 18.00
Thursday 10.00 - 18.00
Friday 10.00 - 18.00
Saturday 10.00 - 18.00
Sunday 10.00 - 18.00
Last Admission: 17.00

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Address:

Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU

Telephone:

020 3166 6000