Hampton Court Palace: Ghosts, Gossip and Gallons of Beer

Hampton Court Palace

If you fancy a spot of relaxation, why not leave central London’s bright lights and hectic pace behind and step back in time for the day at Hampton Court Palace?

Originally built in 1514 and set in around 700 acres of magnificent gardens and parkland, the historic Hampton Court Palace is a showcase of British history and royalty.

Known for hosting its annual music festival and the world-famous Flower Show, Hampton Court Palace offers something for everyone.

Hampton Court Maze

Culinary enthusiasts can explore British cuisine Henry VIII-style in the Palace’s vast Tudor kitchens that catered for around 600 people, twice a day for more than two centuries. Then, move on to the grand dining rooms, which witnessed the drinking of around 600,000 gallons of beer every year, or 1644 gallons every day!

Those with a taste for the paranormal can sample the spookiness of the Haunted Gallery and go in search of the ‘Screaming Lady’ and the Palace’s other ghostly residents.

Those who prefer the living to the living dead will love Hampton Court’s ‘A living Tudor world’ attraction featuring live actors. Tudor history is truly brought to life with royal entertainments and naturally some audience participation!

If you’re lucky enough to be visiting during a calm spell of the famously unsettled British weather then be sure to enjoy the spectacular flora of Hampton Court Palace’s historic royal gardens. While you're outside, why not round off your trip by going in (and hopefully back out) the famous Hampton Court Maze. The Maze has around half a mile of paths, but will you make it through first time? There’s only one way to find out...

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