Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace is the former home of the flamboyant King Henry VIII.

He extended and developed this grand palace after acquiring it in the 1520s and its many royal occupants have furnished the palace with decadent tapestries and paintings throughout the centuries. Set in 60 acres of formal gardens, including the famous maze and Great Vine, this palace is well worth a visit.


Look out for…

  • The Great Vine
  • The Crown
  • Chapel Royal
  • Hampton Court Gardens
  • Tudor Kitchens

Did you know?…

  • Hampton Court Palace is believed to be haunted by a screaming lady thought to be Catherine Howard, and the grey ghost Dame Sybil Penn is believed to roam the Clock Courts
  • The truth behind Charles I’s mystery disappearance in the summer of 1647 is still disputed when he fled the posh prison of Hampton Court and left on a boat to the Isle of Wight
  • Hampton Court Gardens displays over 200,000 flowering bulbs on display throughout spring
  • The Great Hall, England’s last and greatest Medieval hall, saw the performance of Shakespeare’s company the ‘King’s Men’ in 1603
  • Three of the walls that surround the tennis court date back to the 17th century, one of them being Cardinal Wolseley’s original

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