Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey

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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. Our East Molesey online road trip planner makes visiting Hampton Court Palace and other East Molesey attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Treat my wife to this visit as shes a big Henry Vlll fan and must say its an amazing experience even for the not so interested...I was blown away with the sheer size and we spent all day here...parkin...  more »
  • I hear Henry VIII stayed here during the summer. I've stayed at the Hampton Inn, but it never looked like this! The grounds are spectacular, the castle immense, and , as a surprise, the art collection...  more »
  • Rather than restate what others have said about the experience, here are my travel tips: 1. Don't worry about the reduced train service in Aug 2017: It may take a little over an hour to get to Hampton...  more »
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  • This is such a fantastic place. Very lovely staff and atmosphere. If this can be accessible why can't everywhere be? They have worked really hard to take access seriously for everyone. Disabled visitors receive an access statement with maps and explanation. Separate help available for autistic spectrum visitors and those who need pictorial explanation. Gluten free food available. I managed dairy free food too . Site is very level but there is pushable gravel ( miles of it) and cobbles within the courtyards, though there are flatter routes on the outer wings of the building. Can't wait to go back.
  • Very fun especially if you're a fan of Henry VIII. Almost no crowds when we went (Friday morning). The Chapel is beautiful and so are the gardens! We also had a nice lunch at the Mute Swan right across the street, which is a pub with some interesting dishes foodies will love.
  • Amazing. Worth seeing and exploring. I went alone and skipped the audio so I saw everything in around 2 hours but if you really want to go deeper I suggest going early. Everyone working there was lovely. Would go again for sure especially to show friends around.
  • I love to have a walk. On the River path. From the palace up to kingston, On a sunny day you can feel the quietness, lying on the grass, watching the boats in the river passing by, I love the life by the river, the houses with the rear gardens facing the river are incredible, there's two spots for having a nice ice-cream in both sides, at Hampton Court and Kingston, love the colours of summer here. The green and the electric blue of the sky. River is very clean around the area, you must try rowing, paddle surf and boating I love this area of Surrey, and if I were you and have some money to invest in a property I most definitely choose the river banks of this area.
  • Awesome place to visit. Definitely try the pie inside the palace, its delicious (and you’re eating inside a royal kitchen). Look out for any events such as the good food festival and the flower show, they always come with a free entrance to the palace. I would definitely suggest to see the gardens in spring and visit as many rooms as possible. The membership also gives you unlimited access to many different palaces including Hampton Court and Kensington Palace.

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