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5 star rating: Highly Recommended 27 Reviews

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  • Location:London, United Kingdom
  • Duration:3 hours (approx.)

Hampton Court Bike Tour

Escape the hustle of central London, and pedal your way around the Hampton Court Palace grounds and royal Bushy Park. The 8-mile (13-km) route takes in iconic views of the palace from the Long Water and introduces quirky, little-known sights such as a wartime base linked to President Eisenhower. Hear fun facts and Hampton Court history from a guide, enjoy a refreshing pub drink, and discover the beautiful green spaces around the landmark monument.


  • 3-hour bike tour of Hampton Court grounds and Bushy Park
  • Explore Bushy Park, one of London’s largest royal parks
  • See where President Eisenhower had his World War II base
  • Rest in a local pub and hear Hampton Court history from a guide
  • Enjoy iconic views of Hampton Court Palace from the Long Water canal
  • Choose from a morning or afternoon bike tour to suit your schedule

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What You Can Expect

Hampton Court Bike Tour

Explore the area around Hampton Court Palace by bike!

Choose from a morning or afternoon tour, and then meet your guide at Hampton Court station in the outer-London borough of Richmond. Hampton Court is roughly 35 minutes by train from London Waterloo station, so be sure to leave plenty of time to get there! Pop on your helmet, hop on your bike and pedal behind your guide and group to see the best of the area.

While Hampton Court Palace is the area’s definite crowd-drawer, the grounds and genteel green spaces that surround the monument are sightsee-worthy in their own right, boasting incredible views of the palace and hideaways that only the locals know.

First stop is the royal Bushy Park to see sites linked to Eisenhower during WWII. The former president not only kept a wartime base in the park, he also used it to hunt royal game — deer that descended from those bred by King Henry VIII! Listen to fun facts and history as you explore, and then stop for a break and a thirst-quenching drink (own expense) in a nearby pub.

Feeling rested, cycle to the end of the Long Water, a canal within the grounds of Hampton Court Palace. The Long Water’s design is believed to have been influenced by Versailles Gardens, and the views — from the canal’s end, toward the palace — are impressive. Learn about Sir Christopher Wren who rebuilt Hampton Court Palace in the late 1700s and use the view stop to pose for some all-important palace photos.

From the Long Water, pedal alongside the banks of the River Thames to the palace’s riverside entrance and hear more fun facts and anecdotes about the site’s history. Then, all that’s left to do is bid your guide farewell. Your tour finishes near the main Hampton Court Palace entrance, leaving you ideally placed to visit inside at your own expense, or take a short stroll back to the station.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great trip, great guide. Even in a drizzling rain we had a blast. So much beauty to see in Bushy Park and so much history to hear about. Our guide did an excellent job highlighting all there was to see. The park is nice and flat and an easy ride.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This tour was great! Our guide, Phil, gave a lot of history of Hampton Court and the surrounding areas. We encountered red deer in Bushy Park! The biking was leisurely and scenic.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

John was great. Weather was wonderful for cycling the grounds. Great wsy to see Hampton befire doing a tour of the palace.

Peter D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

This was an amazing experience. John our tour guide was outstanding as his bikes and van had been stolen just 3 days beforehand. He offered us his time at half price, as we could not ride, so we trained out to the beautiful Richmond and then took the boat out to Hampton Court. The whole group took John up on his offer, and we all had a fantastic time. Viator sub sequentially refunded half our money, but in hind sight we believe Johns alternative trip was worth the full fare. Hope you are back on board with your bikes and van John, you are an outstanding tour guide. Margie and Dunc, Australia.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Very enjoyable. Beautiful area to bike. Would certainly recommend.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

This was a fun bike ride along the Thames. Hampton Court is beautiful with the gardens in bloom! We ate at the King's Arms and it was very good food and it was full of life on Father's Day.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Day bike trip was great. It was easy to find the guide, John, at Waterloo station. His directions were clear and easy to follow. The bikes were great. The pace was fine, with lots of stops for great insights into what we were bike around. Fun day trip. Hampton Court palace well worth the trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

I loved everything about this tour I had a wonderful time

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2013

This cycling trip was awesome. cycling along River thames and having an engaging guide, John, to explain the history of Richmond and English History is just simply perfect. The cycling itself was never tough, even for my 60+ dad, who did it in a breeze.

As for Hampton Court Palace, this was truly a palace with breathtaking architecture and history. Entering the palace simply brought me, my brother and dad back to the good old King Henry VIII days. The building, artefacts truly illustrates the thinking behind and lifestyle of the English Monarchy History.

Also the garden was very scenic and beautiful with many plant varieties and colors. Not to mention the maze, where we had a good time trying to find our way out.

Points to take note:
Currently, there are some restoration works inside the main and second courtyard, so there might be some inconvenience. Also for the maze, the last entry is 45 minutes before the whole palace closes, so that in the event you cannot get out, the staff can come rescue you!! Haa..

Wonderful place!!

Kirsty E
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2013

This is a brilliant tour! I loved the old-fashioned bike which was very easy to ride along the banks of the Thames. It's a great way to see a different part of London that feels a million miles away from the busy centre. Our guide was fantastic and full of interesting facts and stories that kept us entertained with along the route. I would definitely recommend this to anyone to wants to experience a quieter side to London life.
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