Hampton Court Palace was originally built for Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, a favorite of King Henry VIII. In 1529, Wolsey fell out of royal favor and the king took possession of the palace, launching a massive rebuilding project intended to rival Versailles. A rare example of both Tudor and Baroque building styles, the site is one of only two remaining palaces once owned by Henry VIII. Learn more about the palace’s history at the information center. Lose yourself inside the celebrated maze, designed to confuse and intrigue visitors with numerous twists, turns, and dead ends. Also on the grounds are manicured gardens, historic tennis courts, and a huge grapevine, allegedly the largest in the world. Plan your Hampton Court Palace visit and explore what else you can see and do in East Molesey using our East Molesey tour planner.
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Had a relaxing day walking around the palace. Enjoyed the tour of the gardens on the little cart pulled with gorgeous shire horses. We didn't have time to complete the tour as time passed so quickly. ... more »
I'd recommend a day out at Hampton Court Palace. It's an easy, hour's journey on the train from London and a welcome escape from the noise and bustle of the city. There are lovely gardens to walk in a... more »
Although I've been to Hampton Court a few times I had completely forgotten the scale of the place and we arrived too late in the day to do a full tour of all of the buildings and exhibitions. However ... more »
Totally worth a visit. You can easily spend a whole day here and still not see everything. The buildings are fabulous and full of history. There are plays on all throughout the day which we didn't watch as they were quite long. The grounds are beautiful too and good for a wander round. My feet were killing me by the end of the day. Another great place to take photos as photography is allowed in most of the building (bar the chapel) and outside.
Hampton Court is wonderful with lots of history to learn! I love how close it is for me and I would recommend it for everyone to visit at least once! The gardens are beautiful and it is situated along the River Thames and across from Bushy Park with Hampton Court Park behind! I often come here with family for an enjoyable day out and to soak up the rich history. In the winter time, their is a fair sized ice rink which can be a very fun evening out with friends and company!
We paid with Tesco vouchers and got access to all the area it would have cost £19 we were there over 5 hours and still didn't get to see any of the outside attractions! There's so much too see and it's all well looked after! Food was good in the cafe. I would recommend it to anyone. We really enjoyed it!
Whan Woong Kim
This is my favourite place to visit! Their audio guide is very good and it's free so take one. The kitchen is the best bit so start here first. The garden is a love place to walk around on a nice day too!
Great place for stroll/walk. I with my wife son in law and my daughter and his father all enjoyed. Along River Thames. At the end had great coffee and snacks in the restaurant. Yes indeed a great place for a Sunday evening
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