How to do a Hampton Court Palace Day Trip from London
By: Author Wandermust Mummy
Are you wondering how to do a Hampton Court Palace Day trip from London? We think Hampton Court should be top of any London bucket list but requires a bit of planning. In this guide we will tell you all the options for doing a day trip to Hampton Court from London via public transit or via car, tips for getting tickets and what you need to see at this amazing royal palace.
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Hampton Court is one of the many royal palaces in London but it is not in central London. In fact it is in Greater London in the suburb of Hampton which is close to Richmond upon Thames (famed as the filming location of the AppleTV hit Ted Lasso).
There are a couple of ways you can get to Hampton Court Palace via Public transit in the form of trains and buses or also via driving.
However before we get into the details of how to get to Hampton Court Palace, we will first look at the brief history.
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Brief history of Hampton court palace
Hampton Court Palace Day Trip from London
Hampton Court Palace is the original Tudor palace which was begun construction by Cardinal Wolsey. However it didn’t take long for Henry VIII to want the palace and it to go into his possession
At some point or other all of his wives were brought to Hampton Court Palace but it is most notably associated with the two most unfortunate of Henry VIII’s wives Anne Boleyn and Katherine Howard. Both of whom suffered the fate of being beheaded.
And in actual fact both of these wives are said to haunt the palace despite the fact netter were actually killed at the palace but were taken to the Tower of London for their execution.
The palaces’ later history is most associated with William III and Mary II (1689-1702) and they they commissioned Sir Christopher Wren to build an elegant new baroque palace extension.
The Palace today gracefully blends the old and the new and is a great way to explore both bits of history. In my opinion it is one of the best palaces near London!
How to Buy Tickets for Hampton Court Palace
How to buy tickets to Hampton Court Palace
If you plan on going on an organised excursion to Hampton Court Palace the tickets will usually be included in the price.
However if you plan to do Hampton Court on your own, which is what we recommend as it is a very easy day trip from London, you will need to organise your tickets separate to your transportation.
Now you can buy tickets to Hampton Court Palace on the door but this isn’t something that we actually recommend. The reason for this is that the tickets on the day are usually slightly more expensive and also there are usually very long queues at the ticket office on the day. Therefore we recommend booking the tickets in advance.
You can book your tickets via Viator online HERE
How to get to Hampton court palace on a day trip from London
How to do a day trip to Hampton Court Palace from London
So now you know about tickets and the history of the palace we will give you all the necessary information about how to get to Hampton Court Palace on a day trip from London.
There are two ways to get to Hampton Court Palace on a day trip – either via train or via car. If you are coming from Central London we recommend taking public transit as traveling in and out of London in a car can be stressful and time consuming.
The best way to do a Hampton Court Palace day trip by train is to start your journey at Waterloo Station. From there you will hop on board a Southwest Train to Hampton Court Station.
The journey takes 35 minutes and the trains run every half hour during peak hours.
Once you are at Hampton Court Station the Palace is just a short walk from the train station.
If do you choose to drive which we don’t advise from Central London please note that parking is limited so be warned you will have to get there very early to avoid having to walk a distance from the nearest offsite parking.
However one our our favorite ways to get to Hampton Court Palace, albeit not the fastest way to get there is via boat.
You can head to Kew, Richmond and Kingston and pick up a boat that takes you to the palace. Kew is furthest away so the journey will take longest from there. The nearest boat stop and biggest stop is at Kingston.
Best things to do at Hampton court Palace
So know you how to do a day trip to Hampton Court from London we will turn our attention to the best things to do at Hampton Court Palace.
Learn about Henry VIII
Things to do at Hampton Court palace
The King that Hampton Court Palace is most associated with is of course Henry VIII. And in my opinion it is the best place in England to learn about Henry VIII!
One of the things my kids love is the reenactments that are in the palace by costumed actors. Check the board as you enter the palace to check times of reenactments.
Learn Tudor Cooking
Although there are so many favorite things to do at Hampton Court Palace my family’s favorite is the Tudor Kitchens.
The Tudor Kitchens are a living history area where chefs will recreate dishes from the Tudor period. During the summer you will really feel the heat these chefs had to work in.
And the helpful cooks will be more than happy to answer any questions you have.
Get Lost in the Hampton Court Maze
If you are visiting Hampton Court Palace with kids then the maze is an absolute must do. Be sure to keep close to your kids so you are not looking for them as well as the centre of the maze!
If you would like to find a London itinerary designed specifically for kids then check this post out!
Learn about Real Tennis!
Hampton Court is the home of Real Tennis – not the lawn tennis we know today! If you are lucky there will be a game going on on their historic court while you are there.
See the Great Vine
Did you know that Hampton Court Palace has the world’s largest single vine? No me either. But is definitely worth going to look at.
Take a Train or stroll around the Grounds
The grounds and gardens at Hampton Court Palace at extensive and are one of my favourite things to do is have a picnic in the grounds!
The Magic Garden
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Ok if there is one things my kids love at Hampton Court Palace it is the Magic Garden. The Magic Garden is perfect for those traveling to London with toddlers or children
Tickets to the Magic Garden are included in your general admission ticket but it is worth noting that you can’t buy admission just to the Magic Garden.
Seasonal things to do at Hampton Court Palace
Hampton Court Palace has some great seasonal events so be sure to check the calendar for your dates of visit.
If you are visiting Hampton Court Palace sin Summer then it is worth looking for The Hampton Court Flower Show. This is usually held in July every year and is a great alternative to its sister show and more famous Chelsea Flower Show.
However if you are visiting Hampton Court Palace in the Winter then our favourite thing to do is go skating on the Hampton Court Ice Rink.
London has an array of amazing ice rinks that pop up all over the city in December. However Hampton Court Palace is one of my favourites and is less busy than some of its central London counterparts! Definitely one to add to your Christmas in London itinerary!
Things to read before visiting Hampton court palace
A tale of deception starring Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII
The other Boleyn girl
A historical romantic romp by Philippa Gregory!
What are you favourite things to do at Hampton Court Palace? Is a Hampton Court Palace day trip from London on your bucket list?
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Monday 4th of March 2019
We are regulars of Hampton Court Palace for various reasons - ice skating in the winter, flowers in the spring, maze for fun, magic gardens for the kiddies, palace for historical outings ? thanks for sharing your lovely post with us on #CulturedKids
Vyki from Museum Mum
Saturday 2nd of March 2019
Totally agree, Hampton Court is a must do for visitors to London! The new playground is much enjoyed by my little ones. The kitchen and maze are probably my favourite bits. I must try a boat trip there one day #CulturedKids
The boat trip is amazing - you must try it ext time
Nicky@Go Live Young
Wednesday 27th of February 2019
Loved Hampton Court when we lived in this neck of the woods. Was pre-kid but still used to get lost in the maze! #CulturedKids
Thursday 28th of February 2019
It is our fave local thing
Catherine's Cultural Wednesdays
Tuesday 26th of February 2019
We live close to Hampton Court and used to pop in regularly, happy days! Our especial favourite was seeing who could get to the centre of the maze first and the velvet covered royal loo was popular too! Thank you for linking up with #CulturedKids
Yes it is our local place! My little one not big enough for maze races yet but I’ll remember that tip for when she is older
Sunday 24th of February 2019
We lived in Teddington for years, so Hampton Court was our neighbour just across Bushy Park. So beautiful, and definitely definitely worth a visit! :) Thanks so much for joining in with #CulturedKids
T our guiding for those who love history
Five centuries of stories, tours built around you.
Of course, I’m always happy to give a general tour, taking in the palace’s highlights and giving an overview, but I’m equally happy to give you more depth on a particular aspect of its fascinating, layered and diverse history. With one massive building, five centuries of history, every monarch from Henry VIII to George II and a host of other personalities there's plenty to choose from. I especially enjoy explaining how the palace itself worked in its Tudor heyday. I’ve included some of the specialist tours available but feel free to contact me if you’d like to see the full list or arrange a bespoke tour. I appreciate that time is precious, my task is to ensure you get the most from your time with me.
If there's something you'd like, just ask. If it's outside of my knowledge I can refer you to one of my excellent colleagues.
Like the rest of the world, Hampton Court Palace has been much affected by the last two years. The palace itself is open to visitors, but is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays (except for school holidays) for the time being. As the palace is a part of my life, not just my job, I am in close touch with developments and I will always let you know what is and isn't available. On the day I will always make sure you get the best tour possible.
Hampton Court Palace Tours (general or specialised)
1½ hour tour. £85
2½ hour tour £110
3½ hour tour £130
Full Day* your £160
For Historic Royal Palaces Members , or anyone staying at No 2. Palace Gate there is a 10% discount on all palace tours.
Prices for tours of Hampton Court Palace do not include entry to the palace, each mem ber of your group will need a palace ticket or HRP Membership.
Hampton Court Village Tour £65
Trafalgar Square Tour £75
* A full day being from palace opening at 10 am, or whenever you arrive, until palace closing, usually 4.00 pm in the winter or 5.30 pm in the summer.
The Palace as Machine
Looking at how the palace itself worked as a building, how art and architecture, servants and courtiers came together to keep the Tudor court fed and comfortable while politics and ceremony went on in the State Rooms.
Henry VIII's Great Hall
One of the glories not just of Hampton Court, but of all England. The Great Hall naturally features in most tours, but time constraints mean the guide has to leave out much more than they put in. In this tour we remove those constraints, the tour doesn't move around much physically, but it covers five centuries of history and looks closely at the last medieval great hall built by an English king. A magnificent 16th century space, still very much in use in the 21st century, the Great Hall of Henry VIII has plenty of stories to share.
William III at Hampton Court
Although often overlooked William III was hugely important not only to the development and survival of Hampton Court but to Britain as a whole, so much so that he deserves his own tour. This tour takes in his full set of State and Private rooms as well as his magnificent gardens.
The Palace and the Village
Not a tour of the palace itself, this tour tells the story of how the palace influenced the development of the attractive and interesting village around it as well as some stories that don't quite match Hampton Court's quiet, well to do reputation. Perfect for a summer’s evening this tour is not constrained by palace opening hours and doesn’t require a palace ticket but might well involve a trip to a pub.
The Heart of London
This one's not even near Hampton Court. Trafalgar Square is easily one of the most iconic tourist views of London and yet few people really look at it. This short (45 minute) tour delves into the history of one of the world's most famous public spaces, how it came about and what secrets it holds. Great for a small group before heading off to one of the excellent pubs or restaurants in the area.
Background to his page. Her Majesty The Queen's Rowbarge Gloriana leaving Hampton Court on her way to the Tower of London.
Hampton Court Palace, Gardens and Maze
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Meet Henry VIII and enter a living Tudor world encountering many of his courtiers along the way. Feel the heat in the vast Tudor Kitchens and the eerie chill of the Haunted Gallery and be awed by his Imperial Crown. Continue your visit in this magnificent riverside palace through the elegant Baroque apartments and beautiful landscaped gardens of William III and Mary II
- Tudor kitchens
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- The Chapel Royal
- Hampton Court Palace gardens
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Hampton Court Private tour from London
- Indulge in the splendor of the Hampton Court Palace with an exclusive private tour that artfully evokes the grandeur of King Henry VIII's era . Immerse yourself in the opulence of this historical gem, exploring its chambers and gardens in a completely private atmosphere.
- Begin your day of royal exploration in comfort – a local train ride from London that sets the tone for a truly regal adventure. Let the anticipation build as you travel in style, ensuring that every moment of your experience exudes British regality.
- Uncover the secrets of Hampton Court with a guided tour, led by a knowledgeable expert who will narrate tales of Tudor intrigue within the palace's historic halls and picturesque surroundings.
Tudor Tales: Private Exploration of Hampton Court
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Experience a private tour fit for royalty with our Exclusive Tour of Hampton Court. Your day begins in true regal style as you travel aboard a local train from London, immersing yourself in the anticipation of the adventures awaiting. As you step into the opulent chambers of the
palace, envision the grandeur of King Henry VIII's courtly dramas, expertly brought to life by our knowledgeable guide, who will transport you back to the Tudor era with captivating tales.
The atmosphere of exclusivity will immediately envelop you, creating a sense of being transported to the Tudor era. The private nature of the tour allows for an unhurried and personal connection with the palace, enhancing the overall experience.
Our expert guide, a beacon of knowledge, skillfully unravels the grandeur of King Henry VIII's courtly dramas, providing not just historical information but also insights that breathe life into the stories within these walls.
The lush gardens, with whispers of Tudor love affairs lingering in the air, evoke a Bridgerton-esque ambiance that adds a delightful touch of romance to your exploration. Explore the historic rooms witnessing the history behind Henry VIII’s six marriages, each room telling a unique tale etched into the palace's rich tapestry.
Your personalized journey ensures a comprehensive understanding of the palace's history, from political intrigues to royal romances, creating a nuanced narrative of the Tudor legacy. As the tour concludes in the Palace Gardens, you are free to either return to London using your open train ticket or stay a bit longer at Hampton Court, savoring the atmosphere of this regal retreat.
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Built by Cardinal Woolsey in 1514, King Henry VIII used this palace to impress. His heir Edward VI was born here in 1553, and his queen Jane Seymour died here 2 weeks later.
If visiting, Hampton Court is 13 miles outside of London. Allow a half a day for Hampton court, allowing for exploration, lunch, and travel times.
Significant Tudor Events at Hampton Court Palace
King henry viii at hampton court palace.
- Henry spent three of his honeymoons at Hampton Court palace.
- Henry discovered at Hampton Court Palace that his fifth wife, Catherine Howard, had committed adultery. After being charged with treason and ordered to stay in her rooms, Catherine escaped from her guards and ran to the chapel where Henry was at Mass. She banged on the doors and screamed Henry’s name, only to be captured by the guards and locked up in her room. She never saw Henry again, and was later beheaded at the Tower of London. Her ghost is said to reenact this scene in the Haunted Gallery to this day.
- Henry married his sixth and final wife Catherine Parr near the Chapel Royal.
Jane Seymour and Edward VI at Hampton Court Palace
- Jane Seymour gave birth to Edward VI in her room in 1537
- Edward VI was baptized in the Chapel Royal
- Jane died in her room two weeks later due to childbirth complications
Queen Mary I at Hampton Court Palace
- Mary Tudor spent her honeymoon with Philip I at Hampton Court Palace
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Scheduled Group - Tale of Two Palaces: Windsor & Hampton Court
A true royal tour: two palaces in one day! Morning visit to Hampton Court Palace, the best surviving home of King Henry VIII followed by an afternoon visit to Her Majesty The Queen's favourite countryside home, the spectacular Windsor Castle.
- Don't mind sharing with others? Our Semi-Private Small Group Tours run on select dates
- Small group numbers offer maximum benefit - more personal than overcrowded large buses
- All passengers depart together - no need to sit onboard for hours collecting passengers
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- Professionally guided tour inside Hampton Court Palace and its spectacular gardens
- Visit Windsor, home to the largest inhabited castle in the world - Windsor Castle
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SCHEDULED GROUP TOUR - A Tale Of Two Palaces Tour: Windsor & Hampton Court Palace (8 Hours) Current Confirmed Dates: TBC Don't mind sharing with other travelers? Join one of our semi-private small group tours to discover two of the most historic palaces of the British royal family. Remember that our scheduled group tours are unique. Unlike the large bus tours, ours is not just a transfer service with free time at each location to "wander". Our tours include fully escorted guided visits with your group's professional tour guide throughout all the permitted areas at each location. We also don't keep our guests waiting to start a tour for up to 2 hours while the tour vehicle drives around collecting passengers from different hotels around London: our scheduled group tours start at the published times, with all the group departing together.
HAMPTON COURT PALACE
After your morning departure from London, guests arrive at the best surviving residence of King Henry VIII for a fully guided private group tour. Situated on the banks of the River Thames, Hampton Court Palace is a true Tudor masterpiece. Experience the splendours of Henry's court as your guide takes you through the majestic Tudor Kitchens, built to feed at least 600 people twice a day. Admire the King's State Apartments, including the largest and greatest medieval hall in England, before being escorted to discover the best of the Palace Gardens - Hampton Court Palace is widely recognised for having some of the most spectacular in England, 60 acres of formal gardens and 750 acres of royal parkland.
LUNCH AT WINDSOR
After an exclusive panoramic drive through scenic English countryside, your early afternoon begins with an optional traditional Fish and Chips lunch in the heart of historic Windsor. London Magical Tours guests exclusively benefit from a fast track food service - the food is freshly prepared in time for our group's arrival to help make the most of the day. See the Optional Extras tab for details.
Following on from lunch, guests are given the option to go on an escorted visit to Windsor Castle, the Queen's favourite countryside residence. Please note that guests who decline this option will instead be given free time to shop at Windsor town before meeting back with the group. A true fairy tale castle situated on a hill above the River Thames, Windsor Castle holds within its great walls almost 1000 years of history. Your professional guide will escort you around the largest inhabited Castle in the world, sharing with you the delights of the iconic Round Tower, the garden moat and the lower and upper wards. Guests will also receive an introduction to St Georges Chapel**, the recent location of several Royal weddnings, before being given leisure time to view Queen Mary's Dolls House, a perfect miniature palace built on a scale of 1 to 12 (including fully operating electrics and running water!) before paying a visit to the majestic State Apartments* with their huge array of treasures from across the world to see the locations used to welcome visiting Heads of State, including the famous St George's Hall, home of the Order of the Garter.
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Tour Start: The collection point is outside the Holiday Inn Kensington Forum, 97 Cromwell Road, London, SW7 4DN (2 min walk from Gloucester Road Underground Station - District, Circle and Piccadilly Lines) Tour Ends: Back at the Holiday Inn Kensington Forum (Gloucester Road Tube Station).
A Tale Of Two Palaces Tour: 9:45am to 5:45pm 9:30am - Boarding Opens at Holiday Inn Kensington Forum 9:45am - Tour Departs 10:30am - 12:45pm Hampton Court Palace 1:45pm - 2:30pm Lunch at Windsor 2:45pm - 4:45pm Windsor Castle 5:45pm - Return To Holiday Inn Kensington Forum
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Private Tour: Hampton Court Palace Day Trip From London
Step into the pages of history and embark on a private tour to Hampton Court Palace, a jewel nestled on the outskirts of London.
Like a captivating storybook brought to life, this day trip offers a unique opportunity to explore the grandeur and splendor of one of England’s most iconic landmarks.
Led by a knowledgeable guide, you’ll uncover the secrets and marvel at the architectural brilliance that once played host to kings and queens.
But that’s just the beginning. From strolling through the meticulously manicured gardens to gazing at the opulent interiors, every step reveals a bygone era waiting to be discovered.
So, grab your imagination and prepare for an unforgettable journey through time.
About Our Review: Please note that this is our review of this tour and we do not run, sell, or book tours from this site. If you want to book this tour please click the large button at the base of this page to go to the official listing on Viator.
- Pricing for the private tour varies based on group size and offers flexible booking options , including the option to reserve now and pay later.
- The tour is designed for first-time visitors and highlights include popular landmarks such as the Tower of London, Big Ben, and Trafalgar Square.
- The tour has a duration of approximately 6 hours and includes the opportunity to witness the Changing of the Guard Ceremony on performing days.
- The mode of transportation for the tour is a combination of public transport and a walking tour, providing a convenient and immersive experience.
It's also worth checking out some other tours and experiences nearby.
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Pricing and Booking Details
When it comes to pricing and booking details for your Hampton Court Palace day trip from London, there are a few important factors to consider. One of the key factors is the group size pricing . The price of the tour will vary depending on the number of people in your group. This ensures that you get the best value for your money, whether you’re traveling alone or with a large group.
In addition to group size pricing, there are also flexible booking options available. You have the freedom to select your desired date and number of travelers when making your reservation. This allows you to plan your trip according to your schedule and preferences. Furthermore, you can reserve your spot now and pay later, giving you the peace of mind of securing your spot while staying flexible.
With these pricing and booking details in mind, you can easily plan your Hampton Court Palace day trip from London, knowing that you have options that suit your needs.
The tour overview provides a comprehensive introduction to the top attractions of London, including the Tower of London, Big Ben, and Trafalgar Square, making it perfect for first-time visitors. This private tour is designed to orient visitors and explore the historical significance of these iconic landmarks. While the tour does not include interior visits of the sights, it does offer the opportunity to witness a Changing of the Guard Ceremony outside Buckingham Palace on days when the ceremony is performed. Public transport and a walking tour are utilized to navigate between attractions, allowing participants to immerse themselves in the vibrant atmosphere of the city. With a duration of approximately 6 hours, the tour highlights the rich history and cultural heritage of London, providing an unforgettable experience for all.
What To Expect
Continuing the journey of exploring London’s top attractions, the subtopic of ‘What To Expect’ will provide a detailed overview of the experience awaiting visitors during their visit to Hampton Court Palace.
Upon arrival, visitors will be immediately impressed by the grandeur and historical significance of the palace.
Stepping inside, they’ll be transported back in time as they explore the magnificent rooms, stunning gardens , and intricate architecture .
Must-see attractions include the Great Hall, where Henry VIII once dined, the Tudor kitchens , and the beautiful Privy Garden.
Throughout the 4-hour duration of the visit, visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the palace’s fascinating history and immerse themselves in its enchanting atmosphere.
With admission tickets included, this experience promises to be a memorable and educational journey through one of England’s most iconic landmarks.
For any additional information regarding your visit to Hampton Court Palace, please refer to the following details.
Confirmation will be received at the time of booking, ensuring a hassle-free experience.
However, it’s important to note that Hampton Court Palace isn’t wheelchair accessible, so visitors with mobility challenges may face difficulties.
On the other hand, service animals are allowed, ensuring that individuals with disabilities can enjoy their visit without any issues.
If you’re traveling with an infant, rest assured that infant seats are available, providing a safe and comfortable experience for your little one.
Additionally, the palace is conveniently located near public transportation , making it easily accessible for visitors.
With these details in mind, you can plan your trip to Hampton Court Palace with confidence and enjoy all that it has to offer.
Hampton Court Palace
After learning about the additional information for your visit to Hampton Court Palace, it’s time to explore the magnificent history and beauty of this iconic landmark.
Hampton Court Palace is renowned for its stunning architecture and rich historical significance. As you step inside, you’ll be captivated by the grandeur of the palace, which showcases a unique blend of Tudor and Baroque styles. The architecture of the palace is a masterpiece, with intricate details and impressive craftsmanship.
It isn’t only a visual delight but also holds great historical significance. This palace was once the residence of King Henry VIII and has witnessed many important events throughout history. From the opulent State Apartments to the beautiful gardens, every corner of Hampton Court Palace tells a story and offers a glimpse into the past.
A visit to this extraordinary palace is a must for history enthusiasts and architecture lovers alike.
Duration and Admission Ticket
Upon arrival at Hampton Court Palace, visitors can expect a duration of approximately 4 hours to explore the magnificent grounds and enjoy the included admission ticket. This gives them ample time to immerse themselves in the historical significance of the palace.
One of the pros of the 4-hour duration is that it allows visitors to fully appreciate the grandeur and beauty of the palace and its grounds. They can stroll through the manicured gardens, visit the famous maze, and admire the stunning architecture of the palace itself.
Additionally, the included admission ticket ensures that visitors have access to all the major attractions within the palace, such as the State Apartments and the Tudor Kitchens.
However, a potential con of the 4-hour duration is that some visitors may find it too short to fully explore and appreciate everything that Hampton Court Palace has to offer.
Accessibility and Transportation
Visitors to Hampton Court Palace will find that the palace is conveniently located near public transportation, making it easily accessible for all. Here are three important points to note about accessibility and transportation:
Wheelchair Accessibility : Hampton Court Palace is committed to providing a welcoming experience for all visitors, including those with mobility challenges. The palace is wheelchair accessible, with ramps and elevators available throughout the premises. Additionally, there are designated parking spaces for disabled visitors.
Public Transportation : Getting to Hampton Court Palace is a breeze thanks to its proximity to public transportation. Visitors can take a train from London Waterloo Station, which is just a short walk away from the palace. Alternatively, there are also bus services available that can drop you off right at the entrance.
Shuttle Service : For those who prefer a hassle-free journey, there’s a shuttle service available from central London to Hampton Court Palace. This convenient option ensures a comfortable and stress-free trip, allowing you to focus on enjoying your visit to this historic and magnificent palace.
To make your way to Hampton Court Palace, visitors have several convenient transportation options available.
One of the most popular methods is to take public transportation. The palace is easily accessible by train, with regular services running from London Waterloo to Hampton Court station. From there, it’s just a short walk to the palace entrance.
Another option is to take a boat along the River Thames. This scenic route allows you to enjoy beautiful views of the river and nearby attractions .
If you prefer to drive, there’s ample parking available at the palace. However, it’s worth noting that the palace is located in a busy area, so traffic can be heavy at times.
Regardless of the method you choose, getting to Hampton Court Palace is a breeze, and once you arrive, you’ll be able to explore the palace and its stunning gardens at your own pace.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Is transportation to hampton court palace included in the private tour package.
Yes, transportation arrangements to Hampton Court Palace are included in the private tour package. This allows for a hassle-free experience, giving visitors the opportunity to enjoy the sightseeing options without worrying about logistics.
Can I Visit the Interior of the Tower of London, Big Ben, and Trafalgar Square During the Tour?
Yes, visitors can explore the interior of the Tower of London to learn about its history and significance. While on the tour, they can also admire the architectural features of Big Ben and visit Trafalgar Square.
Are Food and Drinks Included in the Tour Price?
Food and drinks are not included in the tour price. However, there are meal options available at Hampton Court Palace. Visitors with dietary restrictions should inquire about the available options during their visit.
Is There a Minimum or Maximum Group Size for the Private Tour?
There is no minimum or maximum group size for the private tour. This allows for flexibility and customization based on the needs and preferences of the travelers.
Can I Bring My Pet on the Private Tour?
Yes, pets are allowed on the private tour. The tour includes visits to pet friendly accommodations and pet friendly tourist attractions. Guests can bring their furry companions along for a fun and memorable experience.
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In conclusion, a private day trip to Hampton Court Palace from London offers a captivating journey through history and architecture.
With the flexibility of reserving now and paying later, visitors can explore the opulent interiors, stunning gardens, and learn about the lives of the kings and queens who once resided here.
This unforgettable experience is a must for first-time visitors looking to immerse themselves in the grandeur of one of England’s most iconic landmarks.
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About The Tour
Experience the majestic splendour of Hampton Court Palace in a different light as it closes its doors to the public and dusk starts to set. You can choose from the following three wonderful themes:
A Touch of History
Discover Hampton Court Palace from its humble medieval beginnings to the ‘grace-and-favour' period. This is the story of two palaces surrounded by some of the world's greatest gardens: a Tudor palace magnificently developed by Henry VIII, alongside a baroque palace designed and built by Sir Christopher Wren.
Hampton Court with it’s centuries of history, is home to many a ghost, including a couple of very famous ones. During the winter months you can explore the spooky corridors of the palace. You will hear the stories of ghostly apparitions and paranormal activity, experience the unique and foreboding atmosphere of Henry VIII's Apartments and creep down the infamous Haunted Gallery ON YOUR OWN!
Join us on a tour where the most scandalous secrets of the baroque court right where they happened. Enjoy a selection of stories from history you won't have learnt at school. Hear the tales of sex, sauciness and seduction from the 17th and 18th centuries we dare not tell during the day…
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Kanye West might be performing in London this summer with $16,000,000 world tour
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Kanye West is planning on performing at the O2 this summer in a series of shows that could make him $16,000,000.
The All Falls Down hitmaker, 46, took to social media requesting help from his 18.9million followers, claiming venues have refused to host his concerts over the past year after a string of controversies, including repeatedly ‘humiliating’ his wife Bianca Censori and having faced accusations of antisemitism.
‘We just sold out the United Centre in seven minutes and I just wanted to express to everybody out there to see if there’s anybody that can help with this,’ he said, in a video on social media, posted by The Shade Room.
‘It’s the only arena that I had access to in the past year,’ West continued, ‘and when I called people say there’s no availability for me, and you know why that is. If there’s anybody out there that can help with this, please do.’
‘I have not been allowed to perform in a year feels like the Elvis Presley movie,’ he said, referring to the biopic starring Austin Butler, which suggested the King of Rock was imprisoned in Las Vegas by greedy mismanagement.
However, it seems Kanye isn’t referring to being restricted by managers, but by venues claiming to have no availability when he enquires.
West then shared a screenshot of a message conversation, which appears to show his planned tour this year, which it was stated could make him ‘$16 million guaranteed upfront’.
The proposed tour route includes four nights at London’s O2 Arena, from September 5 to 8.
However, on the first night of the suggested O2 run, band Texas are actually playing at the venue. So we’re not sure Kanye and his team have done their homework on that one.
Beginning in June in Toronto, Canada, West’s theoretical tour would hop to New York, Atlanta, Houston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Mexico City, and Madrid, before heading to London, and then on to Dubai, Nairobi, Lagos, Sydney, Melbourne and Tokyo, completing the tour in February 2025.
Aside from putting the finishing touches to his new album, Vultures: Act 1, which is set for release on Friday, West has hit the headlines this week for yet more bizarre behaviour with his wife of two years.
Yesterday concerned fans called for Bianca to be ‘rescued’ after she was pictured out and about wearing a transparent rain coat and nothing else, while Kanye wore a full face mask, covering up next to her.
Kanye and Bianca’s daring looks have become increasingly controversial , with the All Of The Lights rapper often sharing explicit photos of her half-naked on social media.
Friends and family of Bianca, an architect and former employee of West, are said to have had little contact with her since their relationship began, sparking concern for her wellbeing.
A TMZ reporter recently questioned the rapper about their relationship and asked whether Bianca has ‘free will’ or is under his control.
The music star responded by snatching the reporter’s phone before launching into a rant.
‘Why do you feel like that’s okay, I’m a human being,’ he fumed.
‘You asked me if my wife has free will, was that a dumb-a** disrespectful question to ask a grown-a** superhero?’ he asked, before offering to pay the reporter ‘double’ to work for him instead, demanding her full name and address.
Metro.co.uk has contacted the O2 for comment.
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Thousands join pro-Palestine marches in London and Edinburgh
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Thousands have marched in London and Edinburgh as pro-Palestine demonstrators called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza.
Saturday’s marches were the UK’s first national demonstrations since the UN’s international court of justice ordered Israel to ensure acts of genocide are not committed in Gaza.
About 10,000 marched in London on Saturday. Along with other protesters, Jewish groups backed calls for a ceasefire, displaying banners calling for the Israeli leader, Benjamin Netanyahu, to secure a hostage deal and chanting: “Netanyahu, shame, shame, not in our name.”
Other protesters carried banners that read: “End the killing”, “Free the children”, “Freedom to Palestine” and “Boycott Israel”.
Thousands of pro-Palestine supporters also gathered in Edinburgh on Saturday in support of an immediate ceasefire in Gaza. Arranged by the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign, spokesperson Mick Napier said: “Israel needs to act on last week’s Order of the World Court, which requires that it take measures to prevent further genocide, and stop preventing aid getting to the 2 million people of Gaza. The only way that is possible is with an immediate ceasefire, which is what we are calling for. While the Scottish Parliament has at least called for a ceasefire, the UK government, as usual, has been entirely complicit in Israel’s crimes.”
In London, Scotland Yard estimated about 10,000 demonstrators had marched through the West End, with the crowd swelling to 20,000 for the speeches in Whitehall. BBC reports described the atmosphere as “peaceful”.
Police said people were seen trying to disrupt the protest in Haymarket and a woman was arrested on suspicion of setting off a smoke bomb or flare.
A second woman, who was allegedly chanting slogans that may incite racial hatred, was arrested over a suspected public order offence.
Organisers had expressed concerns that the Metropolitan police would take a harsher approach compared with previous demonstrations, accusing the force of bowing to political pressure from the government to restrict the marches.
The Met said officers monitored the march for offensive placards, chants and banners and that it used CCTV to spot other offences and find suspects. It had previously announced officers would be authorised to demand the removal of face coverings they believed were being worn to conceal a person’s identity, throughout the borough of Westminster, from 10am on Saturday to 1am on Sunday. The force said this measure would not apply to religious face coverings.
Chris Nineham, the vice-chair of Stop the War, said: “This is yet another example of the police attempting to criminalise Palestine protests and in the process chipping away at civil liberties. They are deliberately trying to raise tensions and to create the impression that people marching for peace and an end to a genocide are a threat to society. It’s an absolute disgrace.”
After having told organisers on Wednesday the Met would not allow demonstrators to end with a rally on Whitehall, where marches have regularly ended, the force made a U-turn on Thursday and said the march could end near Downing Street .
A request for two end rallies, including one in Trafalgar Square, was denied, however, with the Met saying they would have hundreds of officers on duty but fewer resources than on previous march days to police the protests.
In a statement, the force said: “The vast majority of those joining protests have done so in a lawful and peaceful way but a minority have broken the law and arrests have been made [at previous marches].”
Deputy assistant commissioner Matt Ward, who is leading the policing operation, said: “We respect the right of people to protest, but other Londoners and visitors have rights as well.
“I understand the cumulative impact of repeated protests since October on businesses, residents and those who want to travel into the West End. Getting the balance between competing rights can be difficult, but we will do it independently, impartially and always within the law.”
Just over a week ago, the international court of justice ordered Israel to ensure its forces did not commit acts of genocide against Palestinians in Gaza . In an interim judgment, the president of the court, Joan Donoghue, said Israel must “take all measures within its power” to prevent acts that fall within the scope of the genocide convention and must ensure “with immediate effect” that its forces do not commit any of the acts covered by the convention.
Earlier in January, the Palestine Solidarity Campaign organised a march of hundreds of thousands of people through central London. Little Amal, a 4-metre puppet of a Syrian child refugee, accompanied protesters as they marched towards Parliament Square. The following weekend, hundreds joined a multi-faith peace march in solidarity with people affected by the conflict.
The Gaza health ministry says at least 27,131 Palestinians have been killed and 66,287 have been injured in Israeli strikes on Gaza since the 7 October Hamas attack on Israel, in which 1,200 people were killed and about 250 abducted. Satellite images analysed by the UN Satellite Centre show that 30% of Gaza Strip’s buildings have been destroyed or damaged. Unicef estimated on Friday that 170,000 children in Gaza were unaccompanied or had been separated from their families.
Saturday’s demonstration was the eighth National March for Palestine organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign since October.
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Hampton Court moat freezes for first time in a decade, with more snow on way
T he moat surrounding Hampton Court Palace has frozen over for the first time in at least a decade, as forecasters warned of more snow expected to fall next week.
Officials said it was an extremely rare occurrence for the moat at the palace in south-west London, which is usually dry, to flood and freeze.
Tom O’Leary, the director of public engagement for Historic Royal Palaces, shared a photograph of the unusual scene on X, formerly known as Twitter, on Wednesday morning.
He wrote: “So thanks to wet weather the rare sight of a full Hampton Court moat continues, and we have ice. Not going to risk a skate quite yet.”
The clay-lined moat, built by Cardinal Wolsey in the 16th century, was designed as an ornamental feature rather than a defensive one. During Henry VIII’s reign, it served as a tidal sluice to wash away effluent from the palace’s former public lavatories.
Recently, England has experienced weeks of intense rainfall, which have seen more than 1,800 properties flooded .
The Met Office has predicted more snow to fall next week, with an Arctic blast set to bring more wintry conditions to the UK.
More than 100 flood warnings remain in place, along with an amber cold health alert for the North West, the West Midlands, the East Midlands, the South East and the South West, which lasts until Friday afternoon.
Will Lang, the Met Office head of situational awareness, said: “There will be a resurgence in the really cold weather through the weekend, and that spreads across the whole of the UK during the early part of next week.
“Initially, this means there will be more in the way of showers around the coasts, turning increasingly to snow for many areas, especially further north.”
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