Things to do at Hampton Court Palace review
Hampton Court Palace is a Grade 1 listed Royal Palace near East Molesey in Surrey. It was once the home of Henry VIII, his wives and his children. At the palace, you can experience the public dramas and private lives of the King.
Inside the Palace, you can see the great hall in all its splendour with its magnificent tapestries. Plus you can transport yourself back to the heyday of Tudor feating in Henry VIII’s kitchens. The kitchens were the largest of Tudor England with 200 cooks, sergeants, grooms and pages and they look today as true to the past as possible.
There are 60 acres of formal gardens to explore plus 750 acres of historic parkland. The gardens are home to the world’s oldest puzzle maze. It is the most famous maze in the world and takes an average of 20 minutes to reach the centre.
The Magic Garden is Hampton Court Palace’s play area. You will come face to face with mysterious mythical beasts, storm the battlements, besiege the towers and explore the secret grotto in this magical children’s playground. There are two towers to play in The Kings Tower and The Queens Tower plus a fun Dragons Nest and so much more. It’s a great place for kids to let off some steam.
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FAQ and Further Information Hampton Court Palace
Is there food and drink available?
There are two cafes and a kiosk where you can purchase hot and cold food and drinks. You are welcome to bring a picnic.
What are the main things to do?
Historic palace that was once the home of King Henry VIII. Fascinating kitchens and extensive gardens with a fantastic play area for kids and a historic maze. There are toilets and places to purchase food and drinks.
What are the ticket prices?
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *Expensive. An adult ticket costs £25.30 (no donation), children 5-15 £12.60. Under 5s are free, other pricing options including family tickets and annual passes for 6 historic properties are available.
Is there parking?
There is parking, charges apply.
When are they open?
Hampton Court Palace is open from late March until late October. For up to date opening times and dates please visit their website.
Dogs are not permitted within the palace gardens unless they are registered assistance dogs.