Travel back in time and walk in the footsteps of Henry VIII, one of the most prominent Kings of England.
Originally the home of cardinal Thomas Wolsey, Hampton court was gifted to Henry VIII after the cardinal was charged with treason.
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Initially constructed in 1514 the palace was left untouched until the late 1600’s when King William of Orange started major alterations and much of the Tudors style had been demolished. This left Hampton Court Palace with two noticeable distinct designs of half Tudor and half Baroque.
What to see. The central hub of Hampton Court and soaring over the buildings around it is the awe-inspiring and palatial Great Hall.
With its magnificent carved ‘hammerbeam roof’ and ancient ‘Abraham tapestries’ the great hall is an impressive sight. The tapestries hanging on the walls date back to the 1500’s and have gold and silver thread woven into them.
The Great Hall was mainly used for dining as well as some entertaining.
The Kitchens at Hampton Court were the most extensive during the Tudor period in England. They certainly needed to be as generally two meals a day would be served in the Great Hall.
See how the Tudors cooked and explore the kitchens during your visit of the palace.
At over 60 acres in size the gardens surrounding the palace are breath-taking.
Feel free to wander around and see the 250-year-old grapevine – the largest in the world. You can also try your navigational skills in England’s oldest hedge maze. Appointed by King William of Orange in 1701, it can take a good 25 minutes to find the central point.
Outside the gardens lies Home Park. 750 acres of ancient parkland and home to some descendants of Henry the 8th in the form of deer!
Hampton court palace has been used in several films over the years including Pirates of the Caribbean and Holmes & Watson and the ITV series Belgravia.
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Getting to Hampton Court Palace.
The palace is situated on the banks of the river Thames at Molesey in the London borough of Richmond upon Thames.
Nearest train station: Hampton Court train station
Nearest tube stations: Wimbledon and Richmond
There are several bus routes from both Richmond and Kingston.
For SATNAV: Hampton Ct Way, Molesey, East Molesey KT8 9AU
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