Private tour

Secrets of Hampton Court Palace

Secrets of Hampton Court Palace

From US$ 193.42 per group up to 15

Join your historian guide, from television's 'Secrets of Henry VIII's Palace' to discover Hampton Court, on a private bespoke tour tailored just for you.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Wheelchair accessible
Private group

Experience

Highlights
  • See the Tudor Kitchens, Great Hall, Chapel and Haunted Gallery
  • Chart King Henry’s decline from athletic prince to bloated tyrant and hear about the six women who became his queens
  • Dig a little deeper and find hidden stories of ghost, executions and 'horrible histories'
  • Select a general tour to cover the Tudor and Baroque parts with gardens, and see more of the palace
  • Enjoy a tour with a published historian
Full description
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".
Includes
  • Tour with historian guide
  • Entrance ticket
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Transportation to/from attractions
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Masks are optional for this activity

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Date

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Meeting point

Meet your guide up the main drive in front of the West Front Gatehouse.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Please note that palace tickets are not included in the price and must be purchased either on the Hampton Court Palace website or onsite.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved
  • There are opportunities to sit during the tour
  • Slow pace available on request
  • Tour will be adapted to suit all ages, interests, and abilities
Customer reviews

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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!

October 15, 2019

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.

January 11, 2020

October 10, 2021

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