Located in Richmond upon Thames, Cardinal Wolsey began the original Tudor Hampton Court Palace in the early 16th century. But it quickly captured the attention of Henry VIII, who soon moved in with his six wives. Once the succession of royals left in 1737, the palace was used to house grace and favour residents. In 1838, Queen Victoria opened the palace to the public. Today, Hampton Court welcomes millions of visitors drawn to its splendid interiors, the ghosts and beautiful art collection.
From the stunning Great Wall to beautiful gardens and more, here are some of the top things to see with your Hampton Court Palace tickets.
The Great Hall is set at the heart of Hampton Court Palace, towering its neighbouring buildings. It was primarily built to impress and declare Henry VIII’s power and achievements. The sheer size of the Great Hall still manages to take your breath away even today.
The Hampton Court Palace features a 60-acre garden and 750-acre parkland, all situated in the loop of the River Thames. It houses the world’s oldest puzzle maze, a ground-breaking grapevine, three national plant collections along with a massive collection of wildlife for visitors to explore.
The Great Watching Chamber was built in connection with the Great Hall. This is where the Royal guards stood to guard the premises and watch over the royal family. Originally it was one of the State Apartments built by Henry VIII where only visitors of high rank were granted access.
Henry VIII’s Kitchens at Hampton Court were the largest of Tudor England. With the help of 200 cooks, over 800 meals were produced a day to feed the hungry household of Henry VIII and as a result 1.3 million logs were burned in the fires every year!
The Chapel Royal interior was remodelled twice. Once by Henry VIII in 1530 and later by Sir Christopher Wren in 1710 based on Queen Anne’s orders. Be amazed by the spectacular interiors of the chapel, which has been in use for over 450 years and continues to remain an active place of worship.
After Henry VIII’s wife, Catherine Howard was charged with adultery, the King had ordered an execution. Rumour has it, the terrified queen broke free from the guards to run along what is called the Hunted Galley today, with hopes of finding Henry to prove her innocence. It is believed that her ghost can be still seen in the gallery.
Sir Christopher Wren was commissioned to build a Chocolate Kitchen for William III and Mary II who had a sweet tooth. Chocolate was considered scarce and luxurious and moreover, was specifically added to the Court to reflect the King’s wealth. It is said that the King preferred his chocolate in drinks and consumed it throughout the day.
Hampton Court Palace timings are as follows:
Wednesday to Sunday (including Monday 3 May): 10 AM - 6 PM
Last Admission: 4 PM (3:30 PM Slot)
Half term hours Saturday 29 May to Sunday 6 June
Daily: 10 AM - 6 PM (last time slot 15.30)
Last Admission: 4 PM (3:30 PM Slot)
The Magic Garden is open.
The Maze remains closed.
The best time to visit Hampton Court Palace is in the morning during weekdays, as there is a relatively lesser crowd.
A. Hampton Court Palace Address: Hampton Ct Way, Molesey, East Molesey KT8 9AU, United Kingdom. Find it on Maps
A. Hampton Court is famous as the home of Henry VIII and a palace that pays homage to the Tudor dynasty.
A. You can get Hampton Court Palace tickets for £25.3
A. Yes, Hampton Court Palace tickets have discounts for the following category:
Students - 16 to 17 years - £20.2.
Senior citizens - 65 + - £20.2.
Children - 5 to 15 years - £12.6.
Families - 2 Adults + 3 Children - £69.5.
A. Yes, Hampton Court Palace tickets are now available for visitors to purchase online here.
A. It's always advisable to purchase Hampton Court Palace tickets online to avoid long lines and have a hassle-free experience!
A. Yes, access to Hampton Court Gardens is included in the palace tickets.
A. Your Hampton Court Palace tickets are only valid for the date and time that you have booked for.
A. Get a full refund on canceling your Hampton Court Palace ticket up to 24 hours before the schedule.
A. The two palaces lie 40-minutes apart by car, 14 miles by road. Visitors can take the official Windsor Castle to Hampton Court Palace shuttle that can be pre-booked.