Travel back in time to the Tudor era at Henrys VIII’s favourite palace. Experience life as a royal courtier, see the Great Hall up close, and take a tour of the Tudor kitchens. Kids will enjoy a number of fun activities such as dressing up in Tudor costumes and exploring the world-famous maze. History comes alive at Hampton Court Palace, with talks, tours and even costumed actors recreating scenes for your ‘encounters with the past’. Book your Hampton Court tickets with lastminute.com today and discover over five hundred years of living history.
Situated in Richmond upon Thames, Hampton Court is conveniently linked by Hampton Court railway station and London Buses stop outside the palace gates.
The palace was built in 1515 for Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, however, King Henry VIII later claimed it for himself and enlarged the structure. Today, visitors to the Hampton Court Castle can marvel at art and furnishings from the Royal Collection, dating back to the early Tudor and late Stuart to early Georgian period. The King's Guard Chamber features a selection of arms: muskets, pistols, swords, daggers, powder horns and pieces of armour arranged on the walls in decorative patterns.
At the heart of Hampton Court Gardens is the Hampton Court Maze, planted during the 1690s by George London and Henry Wise for William III of Orange. Covering a third of an acre, it is the oldest surviving hedge maze in the UK. It takes the average visitor around twenty minutes to reach the centre but you’ll encounter many twists, turns, and dead ends along the way.
It’s perhaps no surprise that Hampton Court House and the surrounding land has been featured in several films and TV shows, including A Man for All Seasons (1966), Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011), Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011), and a live action film of Disney's Cinderella (2015).
Hampton Court Palace is open daily except 24-26 December, however, we advise you checking with the official site before planning your journey.
From the secret grotto to the Tudor tennis court, and the Chocolate Kitchens of the Georgian kings, there’s so much to discover at this stunning attraction. Book your Hampton Court Palace tickets and enjoy a great day out for all the family.
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