There has been important houses at Hampton Court since 1236. However, the palace we see today only started to take shape from 1514 under the eyes of Thomas Wolsey (a Cardinal and Lord Chancellor of England). He was also a close friend of Henry VIII. Under his ownership, Wolsey built a vast palace complex at Hampton Court, immeasurably transforming a grand private house into a magnificent Bishop’s palace.
The Robot suggests the following to see on your visit:
- Henry VIII’s Great Hall is England’s greatest medieval hall and one of Britain’s oldest theatres; even William Shakespeare’s company performed there in 1604.
- The Maze is one of the most famous Mazes in the world’. Find your way to the centre, and then back out again.
- The Tudor kitchens. See what it was like to cook for 500 people in a kitchen 230 years old – no electricity or dishwashers here.
Hampton Court Palace is located next to the River Thames to the south west of London. Vist by train, car, bus and even by the river – riverboats run in the summer from Westminster, Richmond upon Thames and Kingston upon Thames, although journeys can take up to 4 hours.
Hampton Court (South West Trains run services direct from London Waterloo – 35 minutes)
Palace and Maze opening times:
Summer (April – October)
10 am to 6pm
Winter (November – March)
10 am to 4.30pm
10am to 7pm (5.30pm in Winter)
Adults – £14.00
Concessions – £11.50
Children – £7.00
Family – £38.00
A special 2009 joint ticket for both the Tower of London and Hampton Court Palace gives a 20% discount on the combined price of both attractions.
Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 9AU (Map)
Hampton Court Palace
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