Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace
Activity code: 12
- Entry to two of the most iconic royal English landmarks
- The Tudor Palace and the current Queen’s weekend home
- See St George’s Chapel
- Return transport on a comfortable coach
- Cancelled bookings up to 24 hours before travel receive a full refund
A royal palace in the borough of Richmond upon Thames, Hampton Court Palace was built in 1515 by Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, favourite advisor to King Henry VIII. Once the most powerful man in the English court, second only to the King, Cardinal Wolsey fell out of favour with Henry after he failed to negotiate an annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon so he could marry his latest obsession, Anne Boleyn.
After Wolsey’s death in 1530, Henry VIII took charge of Hampton Court, turning it in to a hotel, a theatre and a huge private playground, using it to demonstrate his enormous wealth.
When William III and Mary II (1689 – 1702) took the throne in 1689, they commissioned Sir Christopher Wren to build an elegant new Baroque Palace. Queen Victoria opened the palace to the public in 1838, and it has remained one of England’s most beloved historic attractions. Wander through the vast kitchens where cooks would have worked day and night to bring Henry his poached dolphin and roasted swan, and head out to the beautiful gardens and see if you can escape the oldest surviving maze in the world.
The preferred weekend residence of our current Queen Elizabeth I, Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. Also a favourite castle of Henry VIII, the place is now his tomb along with Queen Victoria, the Queen Mother and many more royals.
Wander through the stunning State Apartments and take a look at St George’s Chapel, where Harry and Meghan married. Hot and cold running water, electricity and tiny items made by 1,500 of the finest craftspeople of the 20th century.
Keep an eye out for rare works of art on the walls from geniuses like Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo.
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- Further to the UK government announcement on 8th December 2021, all experiences will operate as normal. Face coverings are required in Windsor Castle. You will be refused entry without one.
- All visitors over the age of 16 must download the NHS COVID-19 app before your visit. You are required to scan the NHS QR code on entry, or provide your name and contact details on arrival. This info will be kept securely for 21 days and will be provided to the NHS if requested.
- To see our social distancing and health and safety policy, click here
- Windsor Castle is a working royal palace and planned closures or disruptions may be subject to change
- When Windsor Castle’s State Apartments are closed, the Precincts, Drawings Gallery and Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House will remain open
- During peak periods, additional vehicles without Wi-Fi may be used
- Our vehicles are modern, comfortable, and kept to the highest standards of cleanliness, including a deep clean every day
Check-in Time: 8:00am
Departure Time: 8:30am
Return Time: approx. 5:30pm
Departure Point: Golden Tours Visitor Centre, Bus Stop 1, Bulleid Way, Victoria, London SW1W 9SH
Drop-off Point: Golden Tours Visitors Centre, Bus Stop 1, Bulleid Way, Victoria, London SW1W 9SH
Due to legal working hour restrictions for our drivers, if your tour arrives back in London after 7:45pm your driver will drop you off within a 2 - 3 minute walk of Gloucester Road Underground Station (instead of Victoria). Gloucester Road is in Zone 1 and 3 stops on the Circle and District Lines to Victoria. The Piccadilly Line also runs through Gloucester Road; it is only 5 stops to Piccadilly Circus.