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Hampton Court Palace, London Overview

Perched along the borough of Richmond along the River Thames in the central part of London is the famous and royally magnificent Hampton Court Palace. Split into Tudor Palace and the Baroque, with gardens, playground, and an art gallery, the royalty of the place is not lost on its visitors.

This more than 500 year old Palace was built starting 1515 for Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, spending 200,000 crowns on the property, to make it the finest one in London back in the day. When he lost support and majority, and later died, he was forced to give the Palace up to King Henry VIII, who resided there from 1529. The Great Hall and the royal Tennis court were later made by orders from King Henry VIII.

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Children (5-15) GBP 10.70 GBP 11.35
Adult (18-64) GBP 21.30 GBP 22.70
Concession Ticket   GBP 18.10

Timings

Summers: 29 March - 3 November

Monday-Sunday 10 AM - 6 PM
Last admission 5 PM
Last admission to Magic Garden & Maze 5.15 PM

Winters: 4 November - 27 March

Monday-Sunday 10 AM - 4.30 PM
Last admission 3.30 PM
Last admission to Maze 3.45 PM

History

In the 17th century, due to rework and enlargement on the Palace ordered by King William III and Mary II, who also ended up tearing down King Henry VIII’s inclusions to the property, the place got wrecked, dividing the palace in Tudor and Baroque. Tudor was the part built by the Cardinal, and the Baroque Palace was built by William III.

From 18th century onwards during George III’s reign, the Palace cased to be a royal dwelling, and the last monarch to reside at the palace was King George II, his grandfather.

There is a lot to see, observe and imbibe from touring around this place. There are free audio guides available for the ease of visitors. Walking into the Chapel Royale is a sight to behold. The blue ceiling with gilted architecture is sure to take your breath away. The place has a world-class collection of art works designed by artists such as William Kent, and an amazing painting display from the royal collection.

The Palace has been used for shooting movies like Pirates of the Caribbean: Stranger Tides, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, and Disney’s Cinderella, and an HBO short series, John Adams

Where to Eat

Fountain Court & Tiltyard Cafe

Location

East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 9AU

How To Reach Hampton Court Palace

Train: Hampton Court Train Station

Buses: 111, 216, 411 and R68

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