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.
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.
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.
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