“ Hampton Court Palace is a former royal palace in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, south west London, England. The palace is located 11.7 miles (18.9 km) south west of Charing Cross and upstream of Central London on the River Thames. It is open to the public as a major tourist attraction. The palace's Home Park is the site of the annual Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. „
Living in Surrey I often drive past the magnificent palace and surrounding gardens of Hampton Court. I have visited on several occasions, when I was a young lad with my parents, on school trips and off my own back with my girlfriend who loves the gardens in particular.
The palace was owned by Henry VIII and when you visit guides in full costume from the era bring the palace to life with their amazing stories of how life used to be like here and the goings on. Included in the tours of which there are six different routes are trips to the royal kitchen where all of the food for the great banquets which occurred here were cooked and prepared and the spectacular real tennis courts, which I believe are still played on today.
The surrounding gardens are huge and provide great opportunity for nice tranquil walks along the banks of the River Thames. As well as containing many different varieties of flower and pristinely kept lawns the garden houses an enormous fountain which is right in front of the palace itself and the famous maze (apparently the most famous hedge maze in the world), which I used to think was absolutely massive as a child, but visiting recently its really not that large. People love the maze and it attracts continues to attract thousands of visitors every year.
Unlike many of the famous tourist sites in and around London, Hampton Court Palace is very reasonably priced, making it an ideal place for a family visit. Below are the typical prices:
- Palace, Maze & Garden Ticket
Adults £13.30, U16's £6.65, Concessions £11.30, Family Ticket £37.00
- Maze Only Ticket
Adults £3.50, Children £2.50, Family Ticket £10.00
-Gardens Only Ticket
Adults £4.60, Children FREE, Concessions £4.00
The palace is located on the A308 close to the A3, M3 and several exits on the M25. Parking is available charged at 50p per half. Trains also run twice an hour from Hampton Court Station just by the bridge to London Waterloo. This should take approximately half an hour and the palace is only a two minute walk over the bridge.
I would certainly recommend a trip to Hampton Court Palace for those who have never been. There is much too see, the location right on the banks of the River Thames is superb and there are many nice pubs close by where you can get a lovely pub lunch. If you wish you can also catch a riverboat down the river from here, although I'm not sure of the prices, I've done this before and it was excellent.
Thanks for reading and enjoy the Palace.
i enjoyed my stay at the palace. the staff were very nice and i had a very good day. However when i wanted to make general complaint about the palace i was not able to do this and i found it very annoying becuase all i wanted to do was make a suggestion to whoever runs the palace to improve the flooring because it was very hard to get my pram across the floor. when i wanted to make a complaint it was very hard, there were only suggestion boxes and a memeber of staff who i told. i wanted to right a email but could not find a adress easily. i think it is a serious matter becuase the floors are very awkward. some sort of meeting should be set up and arragments should be made.
Henry VIII is arriving, his barge is pulling in,out on the Thames and there's a scurry of activity all over the palace.
Put yourself in the Hampton Court picture. Guides are dressed in period costume and special exhibitions easily take you back in time.
Time in this case is from 500 years ago. My research tells me that probably the first most famous resident was Thomas Wolsley,who took over the palace in 1514 when he became Archbishop of York. He had to give it up when Henry VIII wanted it- I think he wanted to keep his head, so gave up the palace!
Henry took over around 1537 and his only son was borth there and christened in the Chapel Royal; a couple of days later his mum, Jane Seymlour died at Hampton Court Palace.
Since then its been a palace with many roles: a house arrest venue, it's seen birth, deaths and marriages and 3 honeymmons for Henry VIII.
Ive been a couple of times and will go again. I just love it.
Last time I took my New Zealand sister and we scored a very lucky day. For a couple of festive weeks a year the Tudor Kitchens come alive with olde staff actually making chocolate, cooking a sumptuous banquet and even skinning the poulty in front of you.
A massive fire burns in the huge fire place and there's a poor wretch sitting in the searing heat to turn the spit around until the joint cooks to perfection.
What a thrill. For me the Tudor kitchens are the highlight of the Hampton Court Palace visit but, having said that my mind moves on the the State Rooms and these truly are grand. Walk up the staircase and experience the most fascinating and georgeous paintings covered on every available space.
See the Great Hall and spend time contemplating religious life in the Chapel Royal and look out for some of the most beautiful and interesting Renaissance paintings.
You can pick the themes you want to visit indoors and get an audio kit (6 languages I think!) and these surely do ensure you get so much information about what you are seeing. There are little side-information pieces to expand the knowledge ever further.
From the inside orangery you get a glimpse of the gardens and it's obvious you need to set plenty of time aside for a Hampton Court Palace visit.
Outdoors the 60 acres of gardens are just so beautifully groomed, especially the formal garden which takes you strolling down to the river Thames.
The daffodils in spring are absolutely out of this world and have appeared on far too many of my photo album pages. Alongside is the world famous maze and it attracts members of the entire family.
Flowers here seem to grow the best I've ever seen them, and the trees so ancient amid fountains, garden features and places to sit awhile to appreciate the really impressive architecture of the palace.
Hampton Court Palace is the setting for one of the worlds most renowned flower shows, a must for me next year.
The guides live their subject. The history comes alive and it is just amazing to see how kings and queens have enjoyed their breaks there, a short trip up the Thames from London.
Nowadays, the trip is easy because you get a special Hampton Court Palace train from London (I think we got on at Clapton but put in London to Hampton Court Palace in your search engine and it will tell you where to get on and the fare price).
Then, when you arrive at the station it is a short walk over to the palace. Buying the ticket is easy, signposts take you to the office and then it's up to you to meander, explore and be amazed inside and out at Hampton Court Palace.
Costs: Adults 12 pounds
Children 7 pounds 80pence
Seniors 9 pounds
Students 9 pounds
Families 35 pounds
Hampton Court is a fantastic place to visit, the gardens are kept immaculately and all the staff are so helpful. You must see the Real Tennis Court there and how they play... its squash on a tennis court but with a real hard ball!! Its crazy!
We visited the place as part of a tour you should have a look at www.guidedlondontours.com for more or www.creaitivedestinationseurope.com - they were very helpful.
I would also advise trying to go on a day when the weather is good, as the gardens are done little justice by the rain. Enjoy your trip.