Hampton Court Palace
Last admission: 15.30
Last entry to Maze: 15.45
Hampton Court Palace is an awe-inspiring and flamboyant showcase for kingship. It’s vast and never ending vistas, courtyards, gardens and parkland, along with its magnificent State Apartments, rivalling the great palaces of Europe, are designed to impress.
KEY EXHIBITION 2018 – HENRY VIII’S KITCHENS
Hampton Court Palaces Tudor kitchens will be reanimated for 2018, recreating the well-oiled machine that powered Henry VIII’s magnificent court. This will include grand displays of food, authentic smells, the heat of the fireplaces, and the sounds of the busy kitchen staff. To accommodate these exciting re-presentation works, the kitchens will be closed to visitors from 3 April until 5 May 2018.
King William III State Apartments
A grand lavishly laid out collection of state apartments built by the new monarchs. Walk through the rooms of this elegant part of the Palace and imagine the beautifully dressed courtiers revelling in the politics and gossip of court life. This is the best place to view the magnificent King’s Privy Garden.
Henry VIII’s Apartments
Walk in the footsteps of England’s most famous King and his six wives. Lavishly presented the apartments include Henry’s Great Hall, the Great Watching Chamber, the Great Council Chamber and the processional route, allegedly haunted by Catherine Howard, Henry’s fifth wife.
Privy Garden – The Privy Garden is one of the most accurately reconstructed gardens at Hampton Court because so much was recorded about the original 1702 garden. The beautiful geometry of the garden seen against the stunning palace façade is a site not to be missed.
The Great Vine – Planted by Lancelot Capability Brown in 1768, this is the oldest vine in the world. See the many bunches of grapes develop through the Summer ready for harvest late August, early September.
The Magic Garden – This exciting garden is a self-contained family focussed walled area with every feature designed to be climbed upon, including a jousting arena, five tiltyard towers and a fire breathing dragon. With a focus to engage children and families in history, this amazing, larger than life outdoor attraction is a perfect addition.
Mantegna’s Triumphs of Caesar FROM JUNE 2018 – Brought to England by King Charles I these spectacular frescoes have been at Hampton Court Palace since 1630.
Young Henry VIII’s Story – Meet the pip-up Prince – explore the relationship between Henry and his first wife, Katherine of Aragon and Cardinal Wolsey with some spectacular Tudor paintings from the Royal Collection.
Cumberland Art Gallery – Formerly an apartment belonging to the Duke of Cumberland the new ‘art’ rooms are the home to masterpieces from the Royal Collection. Groups can discover the stories behind the artworks so avidly collected by the 17th and 18th century monarchs.
Georgian Kitchen Garden – See how the fruit, flowers and vegetables were planted, tended and harvested for the king’s table in the 18th Century in this enormous garden, full of produce. Newly opened in Summer 2014 this garden demonstrates the vast array of fruit and vegetables enjoyed by the royal court at the palace.
The Maze – Commissioned around 1700 by William III, this large and complex maze is one of the oldest surviving hedge mazes in the country and covers a third of an acre – make sure you have your wits about you to brave it!