A Palace fit for a King, Hampton Court Palace England

Hampton Court Palace, England

A Palace fit for a King

There is something about Palaces and Castles that are magical and makes you feel like you have stepped back in time for both young and old. Even as I sit here on the green grass in the gardens of Hampton Court Palace writing notes, there are children dressed up running around pretending they are princes and kings.

The Entrance of Hampton Court Palace

The Entrance of Hampton Court Palace, England

One thing is for sure, Hampton Court palace truly is a magical place, one you could base any fairy-tale movie on. Not only does it have spectacular gardens and river views, it is saturated with fascinating history that goes back as early as 1236.

A statue within the gardens of Hampton Court Palace with gold guild fence

A statue within the gardens of Hampton Court Palace, England

Tudor Palace

Hampton Court Palace is a ‘Tudor Palace’ and one of only two surviving palaces out of the many owned and acquired by Henry VIII. The other being St James Palace, which is not opened to the public. The palace is located in the greater London area (11.7 miles from central London) and accessible by a short train ride. This is perfect for a day out or if you are on a short trip to the capital.

The outside of the Tudor style palace

Wandering around the gardens of Hampton Court Palace, England

Love at first sight

When you step out of the station and walk the 5 minutes across the bridge to the entrance gates to the Palace, you will notice straight away how splendid and grand Hampton Court Palace is and some say will take your breath away.

Panoramic view of the Palace entrance

The main entrance Hampton Court Palaces, England

The only problem you are going to have to face is deciding what to do first, explore the Maze (one of the few surviving features of the old layout) or the unique, interactive magic garden. Venture into the Palace itself to stroll through the elegant baroque apartments, see the best-preserved kitchen of Tudor England or simply just walk around the glorious formal gardens of William II and Mary ll.

You can see why it is easy to spend a whole day here, as there is something for the whole family to see and do.

perfectly manicured gardens with pond in the centre

The side gardens of Hampton Court Palace, England

How to get to Hampton Court Palace

There are direct trains from Waterloo station to Hampton Court Palace which run every half an hour. The train journey should roughly take 35mins.

Located in the county of SURRY KT8 9AU, the palace is just outside London. If you are driving, there is car-parking available.

Pond and fountain in the courtyard of the palace

The courtyard of Hampton Court Palace, England

You can also catch a Boat from Westminster, Kew & Richmond along the Thames, from one of the various Boat companies to Hampton Court place.

If you need any more information about getting to Hampton Court Palace, here is the Link 

A grand gold horse carriage on display in the gardens

A horse carriage in the main gardens of Hampton Court Palace, England

 Tips for Hampton Court Palace

fountain in the paved courtyard

First courtyard of Hampton Court Palace, England

  • You can purchase your entrance ticket online and miss the ticket queue
  • Obtain an audio guide for inside the palace and stroll around at your own pace. It has a lot great interesting facts about the history.
View of the rear of the palace from the gardens

Looking back at the Palace from the main gardens Hampton Court Palace

  • If you have the time and you like walking and hiking, catch a train to Kingston-upon-Thames and walk along the Thames to Hampton Court Palace. This is about 1.7miles and should take you roughly around 30mins.
Long wood panelled hallway lined with antique portraits

Exploring the inside Hampton Court Palace England

The Palace is opened all year round and offers various activities for both children and adults. Check online what activities and programmers are running during the period you are visiting. You can purchase your ticket online at the same time, allowing you more time to explore.

beautiful rectangular garden with multicoloured flowers and palace in the background

Exploring the beautiful gardens Hampton Court Palace

Would I recommend Hampton Court Palace

There is a saying “You are never too old to learn” and I could not agree more. I think Hampton Court Palace has done a great job in making learning interesting and fun all year round for both adults and children alike.


It is also good to see such organisations as the ‘ Historic Royal Palaces’, safeguard these amazing places for future generations to explore and be educated by history.

foot selfie wearing colourful socks at the entrance to the palace

Playing around with my Happy Socks in front of the Hampton Court Palace

Thank you for reading this article, I hope it helped you to decide what to do while in London. It is truly a beautiful place. If you are interested in discovering more of England you can read my post about Pembroke Castle and Bodiam Castle

Side view of the palace and gardens

The side of the Hampton Court Palace, England

Have you been to Hampton Court Palace? Please feel free to share your experiences in the comments below, I would love to hear about it.🙂

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    1. Definitely, let me know if you ever come to England, I would be happy to share tips and recommendations with you.

  1. I love your pic with the socks, Melissa! When we went, there were actors playing the historical characters in the rooms. Did you see them too?

    1. Thanks, you can actually get a discount with Happy socks that supplied me them. If you give this code they will give you Happy20%Off, they will give you 20%. I saw actors pretending to cook in the Turdor Kitchen.

  2. The Hampton Court Palace looks amazing. I love to tour old estates, I admire the architecture and the furnishings. I haven’t been out of the country yet, so I haven’t had the opportunity to tour any European palaces. The closest that I have come is the Vizcaya, and the Biltmore Estate.

  3. I’m a bit miffed that I didn’t explore more castles and palaces when I lived in England. I’ve recently started reading up more on British history and would love to visit this Tudor palace. It’s so accessible from London and can make a great day trip for travelers.

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