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Secrets of Hampton Court Palace

1. Secrets of Hampton Court Palace

This is a private tour, just for you, so can be tailored exactly to your requirements. You can say in advance, or even on the day, what interests you most - whether it be tapestries, art and magnificence or simply the strange and amusing tales of a Royal Court. The tour on request can be designed to suit children. Step back in time to 1540, imagine the colors, sights, sounds and smells. What was it really like to live, work and eat at Hampton Court and how did people dress? The kitchens are evocative of ordinary life, while the Great Hall, hardly changed since Henry's time, show off his wealth and power. Visit the Haunted Gallery, where you might see the ghost of Queen Catherine Howard, as well as original paintings from the Royal Collection. The beautiful Chapel Royal has the finest 16th century ceiling in England, studded with blue and gold, while the King's colorful royal beasts can be seen outside in a charming Tudor Garden. A story of two amazing palaces, a Tudor palace made famous by Henry VIII, alongside a 17th century Baroque palace built by William & Mary, with stunning gardens. Why did the British come to have a Dutch king in 1688 and what was he doing at Hampton Court? Find out more about William of Orange, see fabulous interiors including royal bedrooms and look out onto his magnificent Privy Garden as you explore the palace inspired by Versailles! Join a tour with Siobhan Clarke, who has a BA in Modern History and a Teaching Certificate. She has worked at Hampton Court for 18 years and is passionate about sharing her knowledge of the palace and making every visitor experience the best it can be - inspiring and fun. Siobhan is a Member of the Institute of Tourist Guiding. She has featured on BBC radio and television's 'Secrets of Henry VIII's Palace' and is the author of two books: "Tudor Christmas" and "The Tudors: an Illustrated History".

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From London: Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace

2. From London: Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace

Start your journey with a ride on a luxury air conditioned bus from Central London to Windsor Castle. Travel to Windsor Castle and visit the stunning state apartments, admire the gigantic, incredibly detailed Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House. Next, move on to see St George’s Chapel which is the resting place of Henry VIII and other monarchs. Nestled atop a hill in a charming market town, Windsor Castle was founded by William the Conqueror in the 11th century. Then, make your way over to the magnificent Hampton Court Palace by bus. Be dazzled by the spectacular Chapel Royal, the grandeur of the Great Hall, and Henry VIII’s kitchens. Wander through the palace’s beautiful gardens and try not to get lost in the world’s oldest puzzle maze. Dating back to the 16th century, the palace is most famously linked to the dramatic lives and loves of Henry VIII and his wives. Hampton Court Palace is a visual treat for visitors and this royal venue promises to be an unforgettable experience. You will then be taken back to the original meeting point in Central London where the tour will end.

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London: Hampton Court Private Guided Tour

3. London: Hampton Court Private Guided Tour

Discover one of the oldest royal palaces in London on a half-day guided tour of Hampton Court Palace, transferring from Waterloo Station to the magnificent Tudor castle in the southwest suburbs. Developed by Cardinal Wolsey, and later Henry VIII, Hamton Court stands next to a baroque palace that was built by William III and Mary II. By the time of his death in 1547, Henry VIII had over 60 houses, but in the latter part of his reign none were more important to him than Hampton Court Palace. Visit the King’s apartments as one of his courtiers, wearing a Tudor cloak and sneaking down to the vast kitchens where banquets were prepared for as many as 1,000 guests. Discover the “Young Henry” in an exhibition dedicated to his relationship with his first Queen, Katherine of Aragon. See the splendid apartments of William and Mary from the late 17th century, and enjoy the same spectacular views of the gardens. Then, explore the 60 acres of palace gardens that run down to the River Thames. See sparkling fountains and seasonal displays of thousands of flowering bulbs. Visit the New Cumberland Art Gallery and discover the Royal collection, including works from Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Holbein, Van Dyck, and Canaletto.

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London: Hampton Court Palace Private Guided Tour

4. London: Hampton Court Palace Private Guided Tour

See England’s last great medieval hall on a full-day private tour of Hampton Court Palace, with transfers from your hotel or a mutually convenient station by private car. Located on the River Thames in the southwest suburbs of London, Hampton Court is famous for being the home of King Henry VIII, and your tour includes access to the vast royal kitchens and Great Hall. Visit the beautiful Chapel Royal, before admiring the paintings in the Cumberland Gallery. See works of art by Rembrandt, Caravaggio and more. The palace has been lived in for centuries, and different rooms display the style of different historical periods, including the state apartments of King William III and the chocolate kitchens. Finally, walk in the beautiful gardens, entering the famous Hampton Court Maze to see if you can find your own way out in time for your transfer back to central London!

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Hampton Court Palace Bike Tour, Royal Park, and Picnic

5. Hampton Court Palace Bike Tour, Royal Park, and Picnic

Join a leisurely guided Hampton Court Palace bike tour along the River Thames to the home of King Henry VIII and his many wives. See the remains of Richmond Palace, Ham House, Teddington Lock, and enjoy a walk around an 800-year-old market square. You can enjoy a pub lunch (private tour or with a group decision), or pick up a snack from the market to enjoy by the fountain. As you munch away, enjoy a view of the Hampton Court Palace's less-known side. Take a half-day bike tour to visit the palace after lunch, or take a full-day tour to enjoy a traditional British afternoon tea picnic and see the deer in the second largest Royal Park of London. You can spot the resident red and fallow deer, take a walk through the peaceful Woodland Gardens with its wonderful seasonal foliage, and explore the fountain gardens of Upper Lodge. You'll also stop en route for a traditional afternoon tea picnic on blankets and cushions with pots of tea and homemade cakes. Then cycle the 5 minutes (by quiet road) to Teddington Mainline Train Station for direct trains back to Richmond for the Underground District Line trains or Mainline trains to London Waterloo. The local guide can also transport your luggage and help with arranging accommodation. So why don't you enjoy the full day ride and picnic then visit Hampton Court Palace the next day on your own time? The local guide has been granted a license by Royal Parks to run guided tours in Bushy Park, the old hunting ground of Henry VIII.

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Hampton Court Palace: River Thames Bike Tour

6. Hampton Court Palace: River Thames Bike Tour

Experience a thoroughly English adventure on a 3.5-hour bike tour of the paths of the River Thames in southwest London, cycling to Hampton Court Palace, former home to the Tudor King Henry VIII. Meet your guide at Richmond Train Station to get set up with the comfortable, easy to ride bikes and helmets (if required). Then, pedal off along leafy riverside paths, passing pubs and rowing schools en route. See the remains of the 16th-century Richmond Palace, home of English monarchs for 150 years. Bike past the 17th-century Ham House, which boasts links to King Charles I. Watch the boats pass through Teddington Lock. Then, stroll around an 800-year-old market to grab a snack to enjoy in historic hunting ground full of deer. You will reach Hampton Court Palace by about 13:00-13:30, where your guide will help you purchase entrance tickets. You can also buy them online in advance if you want to avoid the lines. Your guide will arrange for your bikes to be collected, leaving you free to enjoy Hampton Court Palace at leisure.

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Hampton Court Palace and Windsor Castle Private Car Tour

7. Hampton Court Palace and Windsor Castle Private Car Tour

Spend the day immersing yourself in royal history by visiting two Royal residences, Hampton Court Palace and Windsor Castle. Start your private tour with pickup from your hotel in London and begin the drive to Hampton Court. A favorite summer home of King Henry VIII, Hampton Court Palace is an opulent fusion of architectural styles. Marvel at the spectacular Abraham Tapestries, commissioned by Henry VIII to celebrate the birth of his only son, Edward. Visit the lavish State Rooms, the Great Hall, and the Chapel Royal. Wander through its vast medieval kitchens and cellars to gain a fascinating insight into the challenges of feeding 600 people in the 16th century. Outside, explore 60 acres of formal gardens and lose yourself in the world-famous maze. The second stop on your tour will take you to Windsor Castle, the ancestral home of the British Royal family and the largest continuously occupied castle in Europe. Step inside St George’s Chapel, the site of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding in 2018, and where the tombs of several previous monarchs are located. As you walk through the State Apartments, the centerpiece of the castle and reputed to be the grandest apartments in England, their opulence is immediately apparent.

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Windsor & Hampton Court Tour

8. Windsor & Hampton Court Tour

In the morning, travel by coach to Hampton Court Palace, the impressive country retreat of King Henry VIII. This palace is situated on the River Thames, some twenty miles from London. Entrance is included with the chance to explore some six acres of magnificent buildings and surrounding gardens. At lunch you will make the short transfer to Windsor, the weekend home of the current Royal Family. Walk up the hill to the castle and explore the castle and town at your own pace. The rest of the afternoon is spent at your leisure.

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What people are saying about Hampton Court Palace

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 22 reviews

Such a great opportunity to escape the crowds of London!

Ginette of Merry Pedaller hosted a lovely ride along the Thames. Because our group was small she was very flexible and able to tailor the tour a bit to suit our needs. She took us to some beautiful small towns and then of course, to the amazing Hampton Court Palace. We highly recommend this tour and this tour guide!

Ginette was an excellent guide and as I was the only person on the tour it was very personalised, even got to quickly duck into a favourite store to get something for my grand-daughter! Weather was lovely and it was such a pleasant way to spend the morning, followed by a tour of Hampton Court Palace.

Had a great tour with Siobhan Clarke. She was incredibly knowledgeable and created a vivid picture of what life was like at Hampton Court Palace. She provided tidbits and insight you just can't get from the handheld audio guides.

Fantastic tour!

We really enjoyed our tour. The guide is very friendly and made sure even our kids enjoyed Hampton Court! Highly recommended when going to Hampton Court!

Denis was well versed in his knowledge of Hampton Court. Very considerate & helpful with my handicapped daughter. We enjoyed