Hampton Court Palace is a royal palace located in Hampton Court, Richmond upon Thames, Greater London. It was originally built by Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, who served as the Archbishop of York and Lord Chancellor under Henry VIII. The palace passed to the king upon Wolsey's demise and was acquired by King George I in 1702. Today Hampton Court is open to the public nearly every day of the year. If you're looking for Hampton Court Palace opening times, we've got all the information you need below.
Hampton Court Palace offers a variety of experiences, there is something for everyone. However, if you're in a hurry, you can choose which type of experience you want to get exactly what you came for.
You can either choose to have a Tudor Experience or the Baroque Experience.
Visit Henry VIII's Apartments and see his crown (20 mins). You can also sit on a throne in the great medieval hall before you head through the Haunted Gallery. After this, you can head towards the Tudor Kitchens to transport yourself back in time (20 mins).
Look at how King William lived in his time at William III's State Apartments (35 mins). Then watch the Baroque Story film to see how things were back in those days (15 mins). After this, head towards the only surviving Royal Chocolate Kitchens reopened after almost 300 years (10 mins).
Take a tour through Henry's living quarters at Henry VIII's Apartments (35 mins) and then travel back in time to the hustle-bustle of the Tudor Kitchens (20 mins). Pay your respects at the Chapel Royal (10 mins) and look at how King Henry was in his younger days at the Young Henry VIII Exhibition (25 mins). Watch the Baroque Story film (15 mins) before heading towards King William's living quarters in William III's Apartments (35 mins). Visit the sole-surviving royal Chocolate Kitchens (10 mins) and then visit the stage where George I and his son played out their bitter rivalry at the Georgian Story (30 mins).
A. Hampton Court Palace is usually open from 10 AM to 3:30 PM. However, the timings may change so make sure to visit our timings page or pre-book your tickets to ensure your entry. Get detailed timings here
A. Hampton Court Palace is a large site, so allow at least 3 hours to explore the palace and the garden. But if you're not in a rush, we recommend that you allow 4-5 hours in total. Get the Hampton Court map
A. Hampton Court Palace is a year-round destination. However, the gardens are in bloom between March and October and the palace sees higher crowds from Easter to winter. So, we suggest that you visit the palace before Easter in the summer to make sure that you can enjoy the palace without bumping into crowds. Hampton Court Timings
A. Hampton Court Palace is home to some of the most famous historical rooms in the world, including the Henry VIII Apartments and the Great Hall. There are also beautiful gardens to explore along with the hedge maze that is fun for all ages alike.
A. The Hampton Court Palace ticket prices start from £25.30. Buy your tickets
A. The nearest train station to the palace is Hampton Court Station, which is a short walking distance from the palace. There are also a number of bus routes that stop right outside Hampton Court Palace. Read further on our getting there page.