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Hampton Court Palace
Hampton Court (London)
Member Name: Beanie8844
Hampton Court (London)
Advantages: good value for money, lots to see, good location
Disadvantages: youngsters may find it a bit boring
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.
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