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.
Tudor Palace and Henry VIII
Henry VIII had more than 60 houses, but, none were more important to him, nor more sumptuously decorated, than Hampton Court Palace. Today you can visit Henry’s Apartments, see his stunningly recreated Imperial Crown in the Royal Pew before sneaking below stairs to visit his vast Tudor Kitchens where 200 cooks, sergeants, grooms and pages worked to produce over 800 meals a day for the hungry household.
Baroque Palace and William & Mary
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.
The Magic Garden
Discover a self-contained family focused walled garden with every feature designed to be climbed upon, including a jousting arena, tiltyard towers and a fire breathing dragon. An outdoor delight for children and families introducing history through play whilst engaging with nature.
There is much more to see such as the Georgian Apartments, the Triumphs of Caesar by Andrea Mantegna and our costumed interpreters.
Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU
Nearest Train Station: Hampton Court
Bus Routes: 111, 216, 411, 451, R68, 513
24th to 26th of December