Hampton Court Palace was originally built for Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, a favorite of King Henry VIII. In 1529, Wolsey fell out of royal favor and the king took possession of the palace, launching a massive rebuilding project intended to rival Versailles. A rare example of both Tudor and Baroque building styles, the site is one of only two remaining palaces once owned by Henry VIII. Learn more about the palace’s history at the information center. Lose yourself inside the celebrated maze, designed to confuse and intrigue visitors with numerous twists, turns, and dead ends. Also on the grounds are manicured gardens, historic tennis courts, and a huge grapevine, allegedly the largest in the world. Our East Molesey online road trip planner makes visiting Hampton Court Palace and other East Molesey attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
Hampton Court Palace Reviews
This is a review of the Hampton Court Flower Show, NOT the Palace. We've been to several RHS shows (Chelsea, Chatsworth, Malvern, Tatton Park), and this remains the best (by far). We visited on the fi... more »
First trip to Hampton Court and it was worth every penny. (incidentally you do save a considerable sum by booking on line). Obviously a great Palace steeped in history but the tour is very good and I ... more »
Incredible historical palace, the restoration and preservation is breathtaking. A massive amount to see inside and set in beautiful historic gardens, including a massive grapevine that is over 100 years old. There's a nice cafe and several gift shops. The royal school of needle work is based here. This also has some incredible tapestries on display in the Great hall and one of the best preserved examples of an early form of indoor tennis court. Also in the summer there's an amazing playground for kids setup in the old tilt yard. It has castles, a dragon sand and water (and it's own cafe) and the kids playground and be entered separately from the palace (at a small cost)
Such a beautiful experience. Went shortly before closing times and the gardens were practically empty, and bathed in sunlight. Was also lucky enough to spot a fox crossing a garden path! Sublime!! You can really feel the history when walking through this place.
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