Hampton Court Palace and Gardens tickets

Travel back in time to the Tudor era at Henrys VIII’s favourite palace. Experience life as a royal courtier, see the Great Hall up close, and take a tour of the Tudor kitchens. Kids will enjoy a number of fun activities such as dressing up in Tudor costumes and exploring the world-famous maze. History comes alive at Hampton Court Palace, with talks, tours and even costumed actors recreating scenes for your ‘encounters with the past’. Book your Hampton Court tickets with lastminute.com today and discover over five hundred years of living history.

A Rare Piece of Tudor History

A rare piece of Tudor court fashion goes on display at Hampton Court Palace. Opening on 12 October 2019 until 23 February 2020, this exhibition is included in palace admission.

Where is Hampton Court?

Situated in Richmond upon Thames, Hampton Court is conveniently linked by Hampton Court railway station and London Buses stop outside the palace gates.

Who built Hampton Court?

The palace was built in 1515 for Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, however, King Henry VIII later claimed it for himself and enlarged the structure. Today, visitors to the Hampton Court Castle can marvel at art and furnishings from the Royal Collection, dating back to the early Tudor and late Stuart to early Georgian period. The King’s Guard Chamber features a selection of arms: muskets, pistols, swords, daggers, powder horns and pieces of armour arranged on the walls in decorative patterns.

At the heart of Hampton Court Gardens is the Hampton Court Maze, planted during the 1690s by George London and Henry Wise for William III of Orange. Covering a third of an acre, it is the oldest surviving hedge maze in the UK. It takes the average visitor around twenty minutes to reach the centre but you’ll encounter many twists, turns, and dead ends along the way.

It’s perhaps no surprise that Hampton Court House and the surrounding land has been featured in several films and TV shows, including A Man for All Seasons (1966), Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011), Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011), and a live action film of Disney’s Cinderella (2015).

Hampton Court opening times

Hampton Court Palace is open daily except 24-26 December, however, we advise you checking with the official site before planning your journey.

From the secret grotto to the Tudor tennis court, and the Chocolate Kitchens of the Georgian kings, there’s so much to discover at this stunning attraction. Book your Hampton Court Palace tickets and enjoy a great day out for all the family.

Apps Court is a beautiful, multipurpose 82 acre site next to the Thames at Sunbury Lock, between Hampton Court Palace and Walton on Thames.

The land is mostly open fields of flat riverside grassland with wooded areas and tranquil lakes stocked with fish including carp, some weighing more than 40lbs.

Apps Court is a popular, privately-owned leisure facility which the public are encouraged to use and enjoy. Activities include:

  • Car Boot Sales

  • Festivals

  • Archery

  • Fishing

  • Camping

  • Caravan Rallies

  • Dog Shows

  • Storage

  • Weddings and Private Functions

  • Film and Television Locations

  • Park and Ride

… in fact, for potentially any activity that can make use of the huge amount of prime space, without harming the environment.

It is also the base for a variety of businesses including:

Scrambles Dog training

Quicks Archery

And Many More

Apps Court can be hired by private/commercial Helicopter operators by prior arrangement. With very competitive pricing so close to London!

If you want to make use of this fabulous resource close to London and to key transport networks including rail, the M25, M3 and A3, please contact us: we will be delighted to hear from you.

RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2019

RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is the world’s largest annual flower show. Stretching over 34 acres, and flanking both sides of the Long Water at Hampton Court Palace, you can enjoy Show Gardens, the Rose Marquee, Floral Marquee, plant pavilions and a variety of talks, demonstrations and exhibits.

When is the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2019?

The RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2019, the world’s largest annual flower show takes place at Hampton Court Palace from 01 July to 07 July 2019.

Where is the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2019?

The RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show will be held on the grounds of Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 9AU.

* As in previous years, the show plant sell-off will begin at 4:00 pm on the last day i.e. Sunday 07 July 2019.

When is the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2019 afternoon tickets valid?

Afternoon tickets to the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2019 for Tuesday 02 July to Saturday 06 July are valid from 3:00 pm to 7:30 pm.

How do I get to the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show?

The RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is held on the grounds of Hampton Court Palace in East Molesey, Surrey. The majority of visitors travel to the show by road or by rail.

Driving:

The show does not have a postcode as it is a temporary event held in the parkland surrounding Hampton Court Palace. If you need a local postcode for your sat nav, the address for the palace is Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 9AU. But please note that this is NOT the postcode for the show car parks; you will need to follow the AA signage for the show car parks when you reach the surrounding area.

Alternatively, head to East Molesey – the closest village to the show – and follow the AA signs from there.

Parking at the show:

There are two car parks at the show: the Stud Gate car park (follow the black signage) and the Hampton Court Green car park (follow the green signage). Both car parks are located off the A308 Hampton Court Road.

Both car parks cost £16 for the day. Disabled parking costs £9 for the day. Motorcycle parking is available in both car parks at a cost of £10 per day.

Traffic marshals are on hand throughout the show to direct visitors to an appropriate car park. Pre-booking has now closed, but if you have already pre-booked parking, you will be directed to an appropriate car park on arrival.

There is a park & ride service available at Apps Court Farm on the A3050 (Junction 11). Follow the red signage. Once parked, you can take the courtesy bus service from Apps Court Farm to the park & ride drop off point at Molesey Lock. From the drop-off point, it is a 15-minute walk to the show, or if you prefer not to walk you can use the ferry service operated by Parr Boats (£3.20 for a single journey). There are return bus services from Molesey Lock to Apps Court Farm throughout the day (the last service departs from Molesey Lock at 7:30 pm Tuesday to Saturday, and at 5:30 pm on Sunday).

Train:

The closest railway station to the show is Hampton Court, which is a 30-minute journey from London Waterloo. This service is run by South West Trains and there are frequent trains throughout the show. If you’re travelling in a small group of three to nine people you can save with South West Trains GroupSave discount.

Tube & bus:

Take the District Line to Richmond tube station, then the R68 bus from Richmond to Hampton Court. Buses 411 from Kingston station, 216 from Staines and 111 from Hounslow also stop close to Hampton Court. For more information on timetables, stops or prices visit the Transport for London website.

Hampton Court Station shuttle boat:

Turks Launches operates a shuttle boat service between Hampton Court Station and the Thames Gate Entrance of the show. A single journey costs £3.20 per person. Season ticket available, £12 for Tuesday to Sunday. There is also a full daily schedule of boats from Richmond and Kingston to Hampton Court. RHS members receive £2 discount on a full price adult ticket, single or return.

Cycling:

There are bike racks available at the Thames Entrance and Long Water Gate Entrance.

Greenbelt application for Olympic park and ride in Walton

A farm has applied for permission to set up park and ride facilities on greenbelt land during the London 2012 Games.

Apps Court farm, in Walton, has applied to operate a park and ride service over an eight-week period, around the Olympics.

Under the plans, a shuttle service would take people from the site to Hampton Court station every 10 minutes, working in a similar fashion to when it has been used during the Hampton Court Flower Show.

The farm has space to accommodate 2,300 cars, in two parking areas, and facilities for private caravan rallies.

Associated camping also formed part of the application to Elmbridge Council.

A letter sent on behalf of the applicant said: “Promoting camping in Elmbridge throughout the Olympic Games will encourage tourism in the borough and create local jobs.”

It said Apps Court was well placed to promote tourism in Elmbridge because it was within day-tripping distance of attractions such as Hampton Court Palace, RHS Wisley, Bushy Park, Sandown Park and Olympic venues at Eton Dorney and Wimbledon.

It is proposed the park and ride service would create four full-time posts and 40 part-time if Elmbridge give it the go ahead.

It continued: “Apps Court Farm ltd is a small, local business that is trying to encourage tourists to visit Elmbridge and create jobs and working experience within the borough.”

The service would not run during the Olympics road race on July 28 and or on August 1, when the cycling time trial comes to Elmbridge.

Visit elmbridge.gov.uk to view the plans, which have been submitted under reference code 2011/8240.

Hampton Court Palace Priority Entrance Ticket

See where King Henry VIII wooed his many wives with fast-track entry to Hampton Court Palace. Even better, by purchasing your ticket ahead of time you’ll enjoy priority entrance. Don’t waste time waiting in lines on vacation!

Itinerary

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Stop At: Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Molesey, Surrey, England

Flamboyant Henry VIII is most associated with this majestic palace, which he extended and developed after acquiring it in the 1520s. The palace’s many royal occupants have ensured the palace has fabulous furnishings, tapestries and paintings. It is set in beautiful formal gardens, which include the famous maze and the Great Vine.

Hampton Court has a designated Family Room, where parents and young children are invited to take a rest from the bustle of the palace. The play equipment is suitable for children aged under five. Family Trails guiding children around the palace are available at the Information Center.

The palace is pushchair friendly and a lift is available if you’d like to access the upper floor without using the stairs.

Hampton Court is just half an hour from Central London by direct train and is a great place to spend a relaxing afternoon out of the city!

At least three hours is recommended for your visit to Hampton Court.

Do you want to visit more Royal sites?

Upgrade to the Royal Palaces Pass, including the Tower of London, Hampton Court and Kensington Palace. Your pass comprehends one visit to each attraction and is valid for two years. You’ll have plenty of time to explore the stories and intrigues at each site at your leisure, as part of you own itinerary.

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Things to See and Do

Palace Gardens:There are over 60 acres of gardens to explore at Hampton Court including the Maze, the Great Vine and the recently restored Privy Garden.

Courtyards and Cloisters:

The buildings of Hampton Court Palace cover 6 acres and there are many courtyards and cloisters to explore.

Henry VIII’S State Apartments:

Henry VIII was Hampton Court’s first royal owner, and his magnificent public rooms still survive today.

The Tudor Kitchens:

If you can stand the heat, come into the new Tudor kitchens! Real smells, sounds and huge roasting fires will give you a taste of Tudor life.

The King’s Apartments:

King William III’s Apartments are some of the finest and most important Baroque state apartments in the world.

The Queen’s State Apartments:

These rooms took 30 years to complete and represent a wide range of styles. Some of the most spectacular interiors in the palace can be found here.

Costumed Guides

Every day there are free tours and presentations by costumed guides in the State Apartments. Learn about life at court and the colorful characters who lived here.

Visiting this magnificent sprawl of red-brick royal buildings beside the River Thames in sylvan south-west London requires an entire day. It’s a two-in-one palace: one half is Tudor, the great achievement of Cardinal Wolsey until it was swiped by King Henry VIII in 1529; the other is Baroque, largely built by Sir Christopher Wren in the late 1600s.

Add to all this wonderful gardens, both formal and wild, the famous Maze, the oldest productive grapevine in the world, a sensational art collection, royal re-enactments that are not only fun but historically accurate, an imaginative Tudor-themed playground for children and you see the problem. Fitting it all in is exhausting and planning essential.

Train

Easily the most efficient way; South West Trains leave every 30 minutes from Waterloo. The journey takes from 30 minutes plus a stroll over the bridge.

Boat

The nicest way by far, but check the tides – the ride between Westminster and Hampton Court can take up to four hours. If so, go to Kingston (45 mins) or Richmond (two hours) and hop onto public transport. Thames River Boats (020 7930 2062; http://wpsa.co.uk) do the whole route for £17 adults, £8.50 children and £42.50 family and Turks Launches from Richmond and Kingston (020 8546 2434; www.turks.co.uk), £7-£9 adults, children and seniors £2 discount.

Bus

Buses from Kingston stop outside the Palace. I like the R68 from Richmond for its fine views, including Garrick’s Villa and Marble Hill House. See tfl.gov.uk.

Tour or no tour?

Look out for historically accurate costumed re-enactments in high season. Private costumed tours start at £110 + VAT (£132) for a 1½ hour tour, admission on top.

Highlights for adults

Chapel Royal: most visitors walk in and come to a dead halt when they see this glorious space. The concoction of styles – including a blue ceiling painted with gold stars and hefty gilded Tudor bosses – and a glowing Wren reredos shouldn’t work, but it does. If possible, go to a choral service and feel it used as it should be.

Chapel Royal Credit: GETTY

The sheer scale of the art collection at Hampton Court is overwhelming, so pop into the Cumberland Art Gallery (designed by flashy William Kent for the Duke of Cumberland in the 1730s, but with two original rooms used by Wolsey). It has a revolving display, including gems by Holbein the Younger and Anthony Van Dyck.

The Young Henry VIII rooms are tucked away off Clock Court, but explain much about the ambitious Tudors and among other treats has the famous painting of Henry VIII and his rival Francois I wrestling at the Field of the Cloth of Gold.

Highlights for children

Well of course children love getting lost in the Maze (it’s easier than you’d think), which was built in the late seventeenth century and is the first hedge-planted maze in Britain. It’s small enough for rescue, should you really get lost.

Getting lost in here is easier than you think Credit: GETTY

One of the burdens of being a Tudor monarch with a massive palace was feeding its legions of hangers-on, possibly 600 or so people on an average day. The Tudor Kitchens were colossal, carefully monitored for theft and wastage and are today populated by costumed scullions and cooks who really know their food history.

I’m assuming that children will automatically head for the Magic Garden, but it’s only open from April to late October, so in winter make sure they examine the Kings’ Beasts (handily identified) outside the main door and then find them in the Tudor Garden, accurately recreated by heritage paint consultant Patrick Baty.

Best time to visit

Lunchtime: nip in when everyone is eating, zoom around the Palace and end up in the Maze sometime around 4.45pm (3.45pm winter).

The Great Hall Credit: GETTY

Where to eat

The Fountain Court is harder to find and therefore quieter (adults note), but the Tiltyard Café is between the Maze and Wilderness and the vegetable and rose gardens with more outside seating. They always have a wasp problem, so stay inside if that bothers you.

Best view

Nothing better than rounding the corner on a downstream boat and bam! There’s the glowing, tightly-wrought façade of the Baroque palace and its dinky formal gardens.

Palace tips

Buy veg from the walled garden and wonderful Black Hamburg grapes from the famous Great Vine, planted during the reign of King George III, on sale every autumn.

The palace’s Tudor facade Credit: This content is subject to copyright./Sean Caffrey

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