Hampton Court Palace
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Enjoy a historic day out at the royal site of Hampton Court Palace
The history of this magnificent Hampton Court Palace can be traced back to the early 16th century when King Henry VIII made it his own royal residence.
Over the next few centuries, Hampton Court Palace saw many different monarchs come and go, each leaving their mark on the palace in one way or another. For example, King William III and Queen Mary II commissioned the construction of the magnificent baroque palace that stands today.
Today, visitors can explore the many grand rooms and gardens of Hampton Court Palace, taking in the majesty and grandeur of this historic site. From the impressive Great Hall to the stunning gardens, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Hampton Court Palace has many things to do in London for families, history-enthusiasts and foodies!
First and foremost, you can explore the palace itself. Wander through the halls and marvel at the lavish decor, including the famous Great Hall with its stunning ceiling. If you're lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of one of the palace's famous ghostly residents in the Haunted Gallery!
But that's not all - Hampton Court Palace is also home to some of the most beautiful gardens in the UK. Stroll through the manicured lawns and relax in the stunning sunken garden. With so many different areas to explore, you could easily spend a whole day getting lost in the palace's lush grounds.
If you're feeling peckish, there are plenty of options for food and drink. From elegant afternoon teas to hearty pub meals, you'll find something to suit every taste. And don't forget to check out the palace's famous kitchen.
There are fun days out in London for all types of visitors when you visit Hampton Court Palace
There are so many things to do for families, couples, history-buffs, or anyone looking to visit a truly wondrous palace and gardens. Step back in time and immerse yourself in the world of kings and queens at one of the UK's most iconic palaces.
Be sure to book your anytime day tickets for Hampton Court Palace and check out the other Historic Royal Palaces at Kensington Palace and the Tower of London
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How to find us
The palace is on the A308 and is well signposted from all major local roads.
Please follow the brown tourist attraction road signs:
- From the M25, take either exit 10 (onto the A307) or exit 12 (onto the A308).
- From the A3, take the A309.
Hampton Court train station is located a five-minute walk from the palace. National Rail train services run from London Waterloo every 30 minutes, calling at Vauxhall, Clapham Junction, Earlsfield, Wimbledon, Raynes Park, New Maldon, Berrylands, Surbiton, Thames Ditton and Hampton Court.
Hampton Court station is in zone 6. Oyster cards are accepted on this route.
Trains returning to London Waterloo depart Hampton Court station at regular times:
- Monday to Saturday: 24 and 54 minutes past the hour
- Sunday: 05 and 35 minutes past the hour
Bus services run from Kingston and Richmond.
- From Kingston - 111*, 216*, 411*, 461, 513
- From Richmond - R68*
*These services accept Oyster cards, LT cards, bus passes, Travelcards, Freedom Passes and Saver Tickets.
The drop-off and collection points for coaches and minbuses are:
- Hampton Court Green (500 metres from entrance).
- Hampton Court Station Coach Park (200 metres from entrance).
There is no London Underground station at Hampton Court. The nearest Underground stations are in Wimbledon and Richmond, where connecting bus routes are available.
Cycle racks are located to the left of the palace entrance (by the Works Yard, just before the barrier) and in the car park next to the Rose Garden.
The National Cycle Network route number 4 runs along the Barge Walk past the palace.
Public riverboat services run in the summer from the following destinations:
- Kingston-upon-Thames (takes about 45 minutes)
- Richmond-upon-Thames (takes about two hours)
- Westminster (takes about four hours)
- Paid parking
- Gift shop
- Baby-changing facilities
- Dogs are not permitted within the palace courtyards or gardens unless they are registered assistance dogs. Even small dogs are not to be taken inside the palace. Dogs kept on a short lead are able to be walked on the West Front only.
- You can enjoy unlimited free Wi-Fi when you visit the Palace.
- Trained assistance dogs are welcome inside the Palace. This includes medical alert dogs. Water can be provided on request.
- For religious and copyright reasons, photography is not permitted in the following areas:
- Chapel Royal & Royal Pew
- Cumberland Art Gallery
- Any temporary exhibitions
- If you are visiting with very young children, you may take pushchairs and buggies around the gardens. There is a Buggy Park off Clock Court if you do not wish to take the buggy around with you.
- Fishing is permitted in the waters of Hampton Court and Bushy Park during the season (16 June 2022 -14 March 2023). To fish in the waters of Hampton Court, Home Park and Bushy Park you must have a valid Fishing permit and are subject to the permit’s Terms and Conditions. To fish in the River Thames you require an EA licence only.
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