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Experience the exuberance and grandeur of Henry VIII’s England on a bike tour of Hampton Court. With your guide, pedal through the Hampton Court Palace grounds and the expansive Bushy Park. Delight in a leisurely 8-mile (13 km) journey through green spaces and past sites such as President Eisenhower’s WWII base. Along the way, break for a drink at a traditional British pub. Conclude with an optional interior tour of Hampton Court Palace (own expense).
Make your own way to Hampton Court Station on the outskirts of London (about 35 minutes by train from Waterloo Station), where your morning or evening tour begins. Meet your friendly guide and get fitted with a vintage bike and helmet before setting off on the leisurely 8-mile (13-km) ride though the pastoral wonderland surrounding Hampton Court Palace.
For the next three hours, enjoy picturesque views as your expert guide leads you through exquisite green spaces and the royal palace grounds, stopping first in verdant Bushy Park – Henry VIII’s former hunting ground. Soak up the peaceful pastoral atmosphere as you spot local wildlife, pass landmarks like President Eisenhower’s wartime base and hear entertaining stories of the Henry's escapades. Break at a local pub to recharge with a drink (own expense) before continuing on.
Next, ride to Long Water, a lovely man-made canal that cuts through Hampton Court Park. Modeled off that of Versailles Gardens, Long Water canal offers stunning vistas of Hampton Court Palace, the former residence of Henry VIII. Marvel at the formidable redbrick structure, then zip through the surrounding gardens and along the River Thames to the palace’s riverside entrance.
Along the way, enjoy lively commentary about the palace’s royal residents and the site’s colorful history. Your guided tour ends at the palace entrance. From there, you may choose to visit the inside of the palace (entrance fee not included) or head back to London.