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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
You can also catch a Boat from Westminster, Kew & Richmond along the Thames, from one of the various Boat companies to Hampton Court place.
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Tips for Hampton Court Palace
- You can purchase a combined train and entrance ticket from Waterloo station before you arrive.
- South West Trains currently have a 2 for 1 offer on entrance into the Hampton Court Palace
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
Historic Royal Palaces
Hampton Court Palace London is one of 6 properties that is part of the Historic Royal Palaces collection. The Historic Royal Palaces is an independent charity that manages some of the unoccupied royal palaces in Great Britain.
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If you are planning on visiting one of the other properties like Hampton Court Palace England or even Kensington Palace, it might work out cheaper for you to obtain a membership instead of paying individually for each palace.
I have a Historic Royal Palaces card and I have visited all of the properties, some of them more than once. It is definitely worth it if you are planning to visit more than one of the properties.
Discover more of England
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
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Disclaimer: I paid to go to Hampton Court Palace, England. All views are my own and based on my own experience.