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How to get there
- Hampton Court train station is in South West London, only 30 minutes from London Waterloo station
- The palace is a short walk away from the station
- Hampton Court station is in London Underground Travel Zone 6 – use a London Zones 1-6 Travelcard or an Oyster Card to get there
- Mid-March – mid-October: 10am - 6pm daily (last entry 5pm)
- Mid-October – mid-March: 10am – 4.30pm daily (last entry 3.30pm)
- Closed 24, 25, 26 December
- Part closure - the Tudor Route (5 - 11 January 2015)
- Part closure - the Kings Apartments (19 - 21 January 2015)
Visiting with the family
- There is a designated Family Room at Hampton Court Palace where all play equipment is suitable for children under 5
- The Palace is pushchair accessible
- Children must not be left unattended
- A 'Family Trails' treasure hunt pack which guides children around the palace is available at the Information Centre
Please note: Live cookery sessions take place on selected weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) between March and December only.
Hampton Court Maze
The oldest surviving hedge-maze in the world! The world-famous Hampton Court Maze has been mystifying kings, courtiers and humble tourists for over 300 years. Step inside and get ‘pleasurably lost’ as you make your way through almost half an acre of puzzling twists, turns and dead ends.
A living Tudor world
Much more than just a tour, on your trip around the palace you’ll step straight into Tudor times and run into Kings, courtiers and even a jester or two along your way. Hear the latest gossip on which fair maiden Henry VIII has got his eye on this time, or even see how the King gets ready for bed as you experience live presentations and scenes from this notoriously dramatic time in British history.
The Great Hall and State Rooms
The Great Hall is the one of the grandest medieval rooms in British royal history, and its architecture is spectacular: huge, grand tapestries adorn the walls, and the ceiling beams are intricately carved with leaves and royal coats of arms. Visit the equally opulent King’s State Rooms for a glimpse into Henry VIII’s very own bedchamber and personal living space.
The Tudor kitchens
Did you know, Henry and his guests would be given a choice of over ten dishes for every course at each daily feast? The vast, beautifully-restored Tudor kitchens are where delicacies such as stork, green goose, and custard fritters were cooked up for 600 people each night! Savour the authentic aromas for yourself at live cookery sessions, and peer into the Georgian chocolate kitchen – the only of its kind in the world – for a taste of something sweeter
Young Henry VIII exhibition
Most likely you think of him as ‘fat, ruthless and married six times’ – but Henry VIII was an athletic, sensitive young man for many years. Uncover the story behind the stereotypes in this surprising and moving exhibition, which tells the story of young Henry and his first wife’s fall from grace through historic paintings, videos, and interactive displays.
Royal Collection paintings
One of the world’s most important art collections – including nine spectacular 16th Century works depicting Julius Caesar, and some of the most iconic portraits of Henry VIII
The Haunted Gallery
Hear the tragic tale of Henry VIII’s fifth wife at the Haunted Gallery, and discover the tortured souls who are said to haunt the palace
Visit the immaculate gardens for a riverside stroll among gorgeous floral displays and sparkling fountains, surrounded by 750 acres of peaceful parkland