Hampton Court Palace

Activity code: HC

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  • Walk in the footsteps of Kings and explore the lavish Tudor State Apartments
  • Discover the vast Tudor kitchens where Henry VIII's meals were prepared
  • Wander through the gardens and find your way out of the world's oldest maze
  • Costumed actors will guide you through the vast palace 
  • See exquisite works of art from Holbein, Van Dyke, and Rembrandt


A tale of two histories, Hampton Court Palace was originally designed by Cardinal Wolsey, a favourite of Henry VIII’s, before being developed by the King himself. Expanding on the Tudor splendour, Sir Christopher Wren added a touch of Baroque grandeur for William III and Mary II in the 17th century.

Opulence and beauty greets you in every room as you stroll through this historic palace. See if you can find the entwined initials of Henry VIII and his ill-fated second Queen Anne Boleyn in the Great Hall, or spot Catherine Howard’s terrified ghost running along the Haunted Gallery to plead her innocence to Henry.

Sneak in to the vast kitchens where extravagant Tudor meals such as roasted swan and poached dolphin, and wander through the Chapel Royal, developed in to its current beauty in 1710 by Christopher Wren for Queen Anne. Continue in the Baroque period by walking through the beautiful and theatrically designed State Apartments.

When you’ve marvelled at the masterpieces of artists Holbein, Van Dyke and Caravaggio, head out in to the 60 acres of stunning formal garden and see if you can escape the oldest surviving maze in the world.

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Additional Information

Please Note:

  • Your ticket will be issued 48 hours prior to travel date
  • Concession price is applicable to full-time students – subject to a valid student ID card.

Venue Information:

Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU
Nearest Train Station: Hampton Court
Bus Routes: 111, 216, 411, 451, R68, 513

Golden Tours act as an official agent for these activities, as such you are subject to the terms and conditions of the supplier.


Days of operation:

27 December 2020 to 3 January 2021
Monday to Sunday: 10:00am to 4:30pm every 30 mins (Last admission 3:00pm)

1 March 2021 to 28 February 2022
Monday to Sunday: 10:00am to 4:30pm every 30 mins (Last admission 3:00pm)


  • 24 - 26 December: Closed

Opening Hours
Palace, Formal Gardens, Magic Garden and Maze: 25 March - 29 October 2019 (summer)
Daily 10.00 - 18.00
Last entry to the Maze 17.00

Palace, Formal Gardens and Maze: 30 October 2019 - 25 March 2020 (winter)
Monday - Sunday 10.00 - 16.30
Last entry to the Maze 15.30


  • Palace closed 24, 25, 26 December