Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey

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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  • The Palace is really worth seeing. You should either join a guided tour or take advantage of at least the audio guide. And time schedule, there is much to see and explore. The castle is well serviced by public transport and features a large beautifully landscaped gardens.
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  • Came here with my baby for tiny exploreres. It was amazing. The man leading was very talented and great with the babies. You are not in the house for long but what do you expect for £6!!! I would sign...  more »
  • Cannot fault anything to do with the organising of the visit & staff all over the palace. I know we were all children once but it would be so nice to have a certain time to visit when there are no lou...  more »
  • Beautiful palace and gardens of Henry VIII. A lot to see both inside and outside the palace. Inside there is a multitude of historical artworks throughout a number of monarchs reigns. Some of which span entire rooms. There are actors that roam the palace that are dressed and speak as if they were in Tudor times, which I thought was a nice touch. Outside the palace is the gardens. Which in the sunny weather it is spectacular. The gardens are perfectly maintained and are ideal for lounging around. There is also a grape vine that's 250 years old, and still produces grapes every year, which I found particularly interesting. Limited parking in the palace itself, bit there is a large overflow parking a short walk away in a field.
  • A large historical building with beautiful surroundings kept in pristine condition. All the rooms and displays are well lit and have information boards and audio. A maze, horse and cart and other activities are available, as well as a food court. A short but enjoyable period drama was presented. Lots of fun! A great day out for the family.
  • If you love/live history this is the place for you. My intention was to not actually go here but on the way back from work I decided why not. I took a long walk around the outside and saw some amazing architecture beautiful gardens and if not for the rain the maze too , which is the oldest in the world to my belief.. you get a strong sense of the time period just from a walk round and your imagination will fill in the blanks thanks to the information provided. The best part it's all free unless you wish to venture inside which will cost around £19/20. In all honesty if its as good and as informative as the outside I will be taking the plunge in the summer with the family. Parking is £1.60 an hour so if you do what I did and just fancied a walk around then it is well worth it , a must for any couple 🍀
  • As every venue of royal historic places it truly stands to its name. Royal and historic and what a place. Allow at least good three hours to explore the insides and untold number of corners and themes. Take a good camera and get ready to pose in kingly environment. Mind this is an old palace of six centuries ago so somewhat simpler on the decor and dim on light. The gardens behind the palace offer nice strolls on sunny days and can be extended in nearby parks for miles. Thames is just a short walk awake on the other side. Parking is next door and reasonably priced. Buying a membership and visiting other royal places for free is a good deal, especially for regular family visits.
  • Amazing architecture, but lacking in information on the building it's self. We did our our walk through so no tour guide or audio support. It was a great experience and AMAZING histroy. I just wish that as you walked through there was more information on the building and it's components than on who lived there (hint, he was fat and had a few wives). Either way the entrance fee is high but it's worth every penny! The gardens are STUNNING!
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