Jumping the queue was brilliant and the tour was so good that 4 hours were definitely not enough and will have to go back!
Definitely one of the highlights of our 10 day trip to England and London. The audio tour was excellent with just the right amount of information. We also ate lunch here and the food was tasty but a little on the expensive side.
Quite good value for the money. The court seems to have more rooms open than it did years ago when I visited. A self-guided tour with audioguide is a great way to spend a day there. Well worth a trip if you're interested in not only Henry VIII but also Wm. and Mary and the early Georgian era.
We had a very enjoyable day at Hampton Court. By pre-ordering the tickets we were able to bypass the line and get in to the grounds in time to catch a tour that was just starting. The tour was excellent! We also enjoyed the various rooms in the palace and the many flowers in the garden.
I skipped the line, got into Hampton Court with no problems. I just wish I had more time, as there was so much to see, and I never got to the maze, as there was so much history to review in the palace.
Most amazing place I have visited so far. Super easy entry with pre purchased vouchers
Extremely enjoyable, although parking at Hampton Court was quoted as 3.50 but was actually 1.20 per hour.
It was a lovely day out, plenty to see and we really enjoyed the acting performances through out the day.
Well worth the money!
Karen Y Australia
Hampton Court Place is great - with many 10 minutes plays by capable actors made the visit very entertaining. There is so much to see there - allow a full day - a wonderful way to learn the history. The gardens are spectacular.
We got there early and it wasn't crowded---easy to get around quickly. It was terrific! Much to see and hear!
Fabulous site, both castle and grounds! One should read up on the way the tour is handled prior to going--there are guides for hire and I recommend using one because the audio lectures are WAY too long and boring. Food is so- so; take your own if you can. Lots of walking!
Parking was a disaster as the car parks were full. There was also no need to print off you voucher as stated on the visitor web site. This would have saved us a great deal of trouble had we known. Otherwise Hampton Court was amazing and well worth a visit
No waiting. Wonderful stroll thru the gardens and Hampton Court. Loved the portraits and furnished room displays. Informative and friendly, helpful staff.
Melissa H USA
Absolutely loved it! If you are going to go, word of advice : GET THERE EARLY. There's an incredible amount to see. I spent 6 hours there--the gardens were all dead (a couple of crocuses but that's it), missed the kitchens and ditched my audio guide halfway through--still not enough time. If you get there early, they have these red velvet cloaks (and an assortment of long colored vests) to wear. It was fun to feel like I was walking out of time and doubly nice as it kept me extra warm on that cold day. All the wardens are super friendly and knowledgeable. Be sure to chat them up. The audio guide is awesome, particularly the dramatic version in the Henry VIII's apartments. I really like these booklets in most of the rooms discussing each of the paintings, light fixtures and porcelain artifacts. You can sit on thrones, indulge in a scratch and sniff map, see actors flit through the halls (saw the King and the cardinal discuss matters of state on the staircase). I can't express enough how delighted I was that this wasn't just another stuffy museum. If you are worried about it being too far, don't! It was an easy train ride (comfy seats, practically empty). Like I said, you need to make a day of it. Leave Waterloo no later than 9:30am and have an amazing day!
Excellent day which was both informative and interesting with the use of the audio guide. Great value for the cost.
Hampton Court is amazing at every angle. Our tickets included audio guides that walked us through the main areas of the palace step by step and were very informative. Being that we were there end of November it wasn't busy at all (save for a few school groups). Easy to get to by train direct from Waterloo. My only advice is to go earlier than we did......got there at 1:30 and it closed at 4:30 so we didn't get to see the gardens except from inside the palace. Expect to spend a good four hours here to see it all.
Although there was no line at all at the time of our trip it was nice to have the assurance that if there were, we wouldn't have to stand in it. The few extra dollars was worth it.