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- Getting to the Palace by Train/Bus/Car
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- London: Getting to Hampton Court
- A weekend day trip to Hampton Court Palace
Hampton Court Palace East Molesey Surrey KT8 9AU United Kingdom
Hampton Court Palace is situated only a few minutes walk from Hampton Court Station which is on a direct line to and from London Waterloo. There are 2 trains per hour from London Waterloo with the direct trains, which take 40 minutes from central London. Visit southwesternrailway.com to book your ticket or call 0345 6000 650.
Hampton Court Palace is situated to the South West of Central London and is close to Kingston Upon Thames. It is 20 minutes from junctions 15, 12 and 10 of the M25.
Complimentary parking facilities a few minutes walk from the Palace are available to Festival patrons. Festival car parking will be signposted on all major approach roads. Car Parks will be open from 5pm onwards on performance days and until one hour after the end of the performance. For drivers using sat nav systems, please enter the postcode KT8 9AU and follow the parking signs for the Festival once in the area.
Local bus services R68, 411, 111 & 216 also serve Hampton Court Palace.
A boat service from Turks Pier, Kingston-Upon-Thames (short walk from Kingston station) to Hampton Court Palace (journey time 30mins) departs at 5.15 each night of the Festival. An additional boat service from Richmond (journey time 1hr 30mins) departs at 4.15pm. See here for details.
Getting to the Palace by Train/Bus/Car
- 35 minutes from London Waterloo – calling at Vauxhall, Clapham Junction, Earlsfield, Wimbledon, Raynes Park, New Malden, Berrylands, Surbiton and Thames Ditton before arriving at Hampton Court. Trains run every half an hour.
- You could also get a train to Kingston and then a bus (111, 216 or 411) from there to Hampton Court Gardens. Or a train to Richmond and the R68 bus to Hampton Court.
- The service is run by South West Trains. Information on planned engineering works is on their website Southwest Trains.
- Plan your journey using the TFL journey planner or Google Maps
- Hampton Court is in Zone 6 and you can use Oyster Pay as You Go on trains to Hampton Court.
- Bus routes from Kingston: 111*, 216*, 411*, 461, 513. From Richmond: R68*
*These services accept Oyster cards, LT cards, bus passes, Travelcards, Freedom Passes and Saver Tickets. For further information about bus routes please go to the Transport for London website.
From London airports
- From Heathrow Airport – take the 111 bus.
- From Gatwick Airport – take a train from the airport station to Clapham Junction and change to the Hampton Court train.
- From City Airport – take the Docklands Light Railway to Canning Town and then the Jubilee Line to Waterloo. Catch the Hampton Court train from there.
- Visitors arriving by taxi may drop off at the gates. There is a mini-cab firm at Hampton Court station for those wishing to go home by taxi or are heading to Heathrow or Gatwick Airports.
- The palace postcode is KT8 9AU
- The palace is located on the A308 and is well signposted from all the major local roads; drivers should follow the brown tourist attraction road signs.
- From the M25 take either exit 10 on to the A307 or exit 12 on to the A308.
- The palace is also accessible via the A3 and then the A309. For a map to help you plan your journey.
THERE IS NO PARKING INSIDE THE PALACE GROUNDS ON RACE DAY
For groups travelling by coach
- Drop off/pick up at our designated area immediately outside Elizabeth Gate, or on Kew Road for Victoria Gate (limited access, depends on traffic conditions)
- Parking is possible but very limited on Kew Road
- There is no coach parking in Kew’s car park.
Local parking options for coaches
- Richmond Athletic Association, TW9 2SF (located half a mile from Kew Gardens). Can be pre-booked with Richmond Athletic Association on 020 8940 0397
- Richmond Town Centre, Old Deer Park, TW9 2RA. Three coach spaces are available in the car park run by London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. Reservations are not possible
- Hampton Court Green, Hampton Court Road. Eight spaces are available at no charge. Reservations are not possible
- Hampton Court Station, Hampton Court Way KT8 9AE. 20 spaces are available in the car park run by Southwest Trains. Reservations are not possible
- Free parking is available on Kew Road (A307) along the cycle lane on the Kew Gardens’ side of the road only. Parking is on a first-come, first-served basis only. Avoid leaving engines running when parking here.
Transport and parking
|1. Introduction||2. The Scheme||This page: Transport and Parking||4. Design, Materials, the Hotel
& Next Steps
Much of the content for these pages came from the public exhibition in June 2018, and over the Summer we’ve listened to your feedback and redesigned some elements, which we are sharing with local groups during September and early October 2018.
You can also go straight to Have Your Say
The parking is located in a two level under croft and basement car park under the residential element on the east of the site. The car park will provide up to 205 new parking spaces for users of the station and of the development, this includes disabled parking. 155 cycle spaces will be provided for the new housing (in excess of council standards), with more for the retail and hotel.
A drop off and a pickup area for station users will be provided at the under croft level of the car park, with direct access to the station.
The upper level of parking is designed to accommodate controlled flooding in extreme events as required by the Environment Agency to assist in mitigating wider flood risks. The entrance to the lower car park is designed at a level to exclude these flood events and will remain dry.
The plans alter an existing road to access the park, enabling more landscaped open space in front of the station; and avoiding the need for the ramp and tunnel under the tracks including the permitted scheme.
The existing junction:
- The existing junction has multiple access points form the site with many potential conflict locations.
- There is only one signalised crossing over Hampton Court Way.
- The existing station car park has 204 spaces but surveys show that on a typical weekdays it is only used by 70-90 cars.
- Turning out from Creek Road and Riverbank is difficult in peak hours.
The proposed scheme:
- Traffic will be mitigated by the provision of new traffic signals including safer pedestrian crossing facilities, and changes to the alignments of some of the junctions. The new traffic signals will reduce the number of points of potential conflict and will improve the safety for road users and pedestrians. They will also improve the ability to turn out of Creek Road and Riverbank.
- The proposal provides 205 car parking spaces. Final arrangements are to be concluded, but Network Rail may manage the whole car park, with residents able to obtain season tickets for the car park. Similarly, any hotel users who arrive by car will be able to use the car park overnight.
- Proposed measures such as a car club will reduce the need for residents to rely on a private car.
Car parking during construction
Local groups have asked us to look at using a slither of the park on Cigarette Island to the east of the station during construction, to provide a temporary replacement for the existing station. If we do this, a temporary surface will be laid down on an area in the park using a recycled plastic matting system to minimise any damage to the park. It will be completely removed following construction, but we know that some people may be concerned about this usage, even if it is temporary. We would enter into a binding commitment that the park goes back to its previous state within a year of completion.
Using the park will alleviate concerns that the commuter and public parking could be displaced onto local streets during the construction period. The alternative is to have a phased development and use the west side of the station for a more limited amount of parking, whilst the east side is built, but this would clearly prolong construction.
A temporary car park on a slither of Cigarette Island could also reduce the period of disruption locally, by some 14 months as the construction would no longer have to be phased.
Do you support local groups calling for a temporary car park on Cigarette Island during construction to maintain sufficient parking for the station throughout and reduce the construction period by about 14 months?
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A weekend day trip to Hampton Court Palace
Saturday 17th August – a weekend day trip to Hampton Court Palace
Explore over 500 years of history at Hampton Court Palace, the palace that is really 2 palaces in one! First built by Cardinal Wolsey in 1514, it is home to Henry VIII’s apartments, where so much of Henry’s history with his many wives actually took place, you really feel like you walking in the footsteps of history. Also not to be missed are the Tudor kitchens, the largest of their kind and a real food factory.
Having explored the Tudor palace we will turn our attention to the remodelled baroque palace built c1700. In the King’s Apartments you can go back to the reign of William III at the end of the 17th century, and the Queen’s Apartments take you back to the 1720s and the glittering court of George II and Queen Caroline
Hampton Court also houses some of the best and most famous art from the Royal Collection, from the collection of paintings known as the “Windsor Beauties” and “Hampton Court Beauties”, to the 2 most expensive items in the Royal Collection after the Crown Jewels, the 16th century Abraham Tapestries and Mantegna’s “Triumphs of Caesar”, to the changing selection of masters (a self-portrait by Rembrandt, Canalettos etc) in the Cumberland Gallery.
Lastly we will explore the MAGNIFICENT gardens. There are 60 acres of formal gardens, Privy Gardens, the oldest vine in the world, a Rose Garden and a Maze which is genuinely quite challenging.
Caroline will provide guided tours of the Palace exterior and layout, the Tudor Kitchens, Henry VIII’s Apartments, the King’s Apartments, an introduction to the gardens (and possibly the Queen’s Apartments if time). She may divide you into smaller groups if necessary. There will be free time to further explore the gardens, the maze, and the art collections and for lunch.
Meet: at 10:00 in front of the main entrance to Hampton Court Palace from Hampton Court Way, Surrey, KT8 9AU
Travel advice: Individuals to make their own way to Hampton Court Palace. The Palace is a 2 minute walk from Hampton Court Train station. Trains to Hampton Court depart London Waterloo or Vauxhall and take 35 minutes and there are usually 2-3 trains per hour on Saturdays. Oyster cards are accepted.
End: approx 16:30 at Hampton Court Palace. Those travelling back to central London may like to get the train together.
Numbers are limited to 20 people. Registered members can invite one guest.
£38 for members
£40 for Guests
Ticket price includes your ticket to Hampton Court Palace and Caroline as your private group guide
Booking Closes on 9th August
About your guide: Caroline Piper is a Downing College history graduate (1997) and a London Blue Badge Tourist Guide, the highest guiding qualification available. She is passionate about history, literature, architecture, films and finding the “off the beaten track” London gems. You can find out more about her on her Piper Tours website http://pipertours.com where you can also find links to her Tripadvisor page, facebook page and memberships of professional guiding bodies. She has led several tours for the Society already which were all warmly received and recommended.
*Only members of the Cambridge Society of London (and their guests) may book tickets – if you are not currently a member and would like to beome one, please visit www.camsoclon.org
Cambridge Society of London Transfer and Refund Policy
i) At least 14 calendar days before the event: We will provide full refunds. Alternatively, if you have found a suitable replacement, we can change the name on the ticket on the understanding that you will reclaim the ticket price from them separately.
ii) Between 4 and 14 calendar days before the event: Our arrangements with our hosts are always finalised 4 calendar days before each event. With more than 4 calendar days’ notice we can still change the name to someone named by you on the understanding that you will reclaim the ticket price from them separately. Alternatively, we MIGHT be able to sell it to someone else; there is no guarantee of that but we will do our best and then refund you if successful.
iii) Less than 4 calendar days: We regret that we cannot offer refunds if given less than 4 calendar days’ notice.