Hampton Court Palace is a story of two palaces: a Tudor palace magnificently developed by Cardinal Wolsey and later Henry VIII, alongside a Baroque palace built by William III and Mary II. Meet Henry VIII and his court in the magnificent Tudor Palace. Feel the heat in the vast Tudor Kitchens and the eerie chill of the Haunted Gallery. Continue your visit through sumptuous Baroque apartments evoking the age of elegance and visit the 60 acres beautiful riverside, landscaped gardens which in 2016 will celebrate the Year of the Garden and the 300th anniversary of the birth of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, who lived at Wilderness House in the palace gardens.
Tudor Palace and Henry VIII
When he died in 1547 Henry VIII had more than 60 palaces, but none were more important to him, nor more sumptuously decorated, than Hampton Court Palace. Today you can visit as one of Henry’s courtiers, adorn a Tudor cloak to discover his State Apartments, see his stunningly recreated Imperial Crown in the Royal Pew before sneaking below stairs to indulge in his vast Tudor Kitchens where banquets were prepared for 1,000 people at any one time. Discover Young Henry in the exhibition charting his relationship with his first Queen, Katherine of Aragon and Cardinal Wolsey.
The splendid apartments of William and Mary who ruled jointly at the end of the 17th century are a beautiful and elegant reminder of the decadent Baroque period. They offer tremendous views of the magnificent gardens in particular the King’s Privy Garden, designed to be viewed from the most sort after location the King’s Privy Chamber. The Queen’s apartments, designed for Queen Mary yet unfinished after her premature death have seen the influence of Queen Anne and the Hanoverians, George II and Queen Caroline in their development. Adorned with glorious artworks and tapestries from The Royal Collection they overlook the wonderful Fountain Gardens on the east side of the palace.
2016 Year of the Garden
The most anticipated aspect of Hampton Court Palace is its gardens. Relax in over 60 acres of the beautiful Hampton Court Palace gardens that run down to the River Thames, featuring sparkling fountains, glorious displays of over 200,000 flowering bulbs and 750 acres of tranquil royal parkland. The Georgian Kitchen Garden is a living example on how the fruit and vegetables grown for the King’s table within the grounds of the palace were cultivated in the 18th century.
2016 marks 300 years since the birth of Capability Brown, the famous English landscape designer. There will be no better time to visit than summer 2016 when they will be filled with activities and surprises. A Victorian bedding plant scheme inspired by the palace’s rich history will evolve through spring to summer in the East Front gardens and will include a 3 metre high Henry VIII within the bedding scheme from June to September.
From May – October our national collections of Heliotrope and Lantana will be displayed along with Auricula in an Auricula Theatre. Lookout for 15 garden gnomes, our latest community public art exhibition – Peoples Garden throughout August & September.
The Cumberland Art Gallery
Discover magnificent artworks from The Royal Collection in the Cumberland Art Gallery at Hampton Court Palace. The gallery occupies a beautifully restored suite of rooms designed by William Kent for the Duke of Cumberland, the favourite son of George I. After two years of meticulous research, Kent's Cumberland Suite has been returned as closely as possible to its original scheme. See a selection of The Royal Collection’s finest paintings: masterpieces by Holbein, van Dyck, Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Bassano and Gainsborough, and other artists who worked for, or were collected by, four centuries of royal patrons.
NEW! Magic Garden
19 March - daily
In exciting new interactive play garden on site of Henry VIII's Tudor Tiltyard children will discover every feature can be climed upon, swung form and hidden in, all while evoking the spirit of the Tudor sport and festivities.
Encounters with the Past
From 18 March
Experience history where it happened through up-close encounters with characters from the palace's past. Plus. don't miss Tudor meat roasting every day in Henry's Kitchens.
From February Half Term
Download our new app to your device and go on an interactive adventure around the palace. Meet characters from history, do challenges and win badges! Search 'Time Explorers' in the mobile phone App Store.
Floral Henry VIII
13 June - 31 September 2016
Come and meet the 3 meter high 3D Henry VIII on the East Gardens Broad Walk. Using thousands of carpet bedding plants this centre piece will be a reconstruction of a Victorian and Edwardian carpet bedding scheme that the palace came famous for following its public opening by Queen Victoria in 1838.
BBC Food Fayre
9 - 11 December 2016
The seasonal Fayre returns to the paalce grounds, a perfect place to browse for gifts or simply just to treat yourself!
21 December 2016 - 1 January 2017 (Exclusive 24-26 December 2016)
Trave back in time to Elizabethan England and immerse yourself in the Tudor world. Witness jesters in eh courtyards, music, dancing and cooking in the kitchen, as courtiers and artists jostle for royal favour.
24 - 26 March 2017
Historic Royal Palaces is pleased to confirm that the much-loved Florimania will be returning to Hampton Court Palace over the Mothering Sunday weekend, 24 to 26 March 2017. Once more the beautiful interiors of this historic building will be brought to life with vibrant floral displays and the sweet scents of spring.
Next year’s display will explore the theme of royal women by taking its inspiration from some of the keenest garden-loving queens in history such as Queen Mary II and her collection of exotic plants at Hampton Court Palace, Marie Antoinette and the gardens of Versailles, Queen Charlotte at Kew and many more! As always, the experts from the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies, the organisation behind the beautiful displays, will be on hand to give demonstrations and provide extra information for visitors.
Florimania is included in the price of palace admission, meaning that groups will be able to explore all attractions that the palace has to offer. Highlights include the 60 acres of glorious gardens, the magnificent Henry VIII State Apartments, the Baroque Palace of William & Mary and the beautiful works of art from the Royal Collection in the Cumberland Art Gallery, all in one ticket!
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