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5 star rating: Highly Recommended 18 Reviews

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  • Location: London, United Kingdom
  • Duration:  8 hours (approx.)
Escape the hustle and bustle of Central London and hop on a bike for a full-day tour to Hampton Court Palace! Cycle along the River Thames, visit Richmond Palace, stop at the idyllic Petersham Nurseries and cruise past the haunted Ham House. Enjoy lunch at a charming riverside pub (own expense) before following the easy cycle path to Hampton Court Palace, where you'll have free time to explore the royal residence and its surroundings.

This small-group bike tour is limited to 12 people, ensuring a more personalized experience.

Highlights

  • Full-day bike tour to Hampton Court Palace from Central London
  • Cycle along the River Thames and learn about the historic borough of Richmond from your guide
  • See Richmond Palace, relax at the idyllic Petersham Nurseries, and hear spooky tales of the haunted Ham House
  • Enjoy free time to discover Hampton Court Palace at your leisure, including its beautiful gardens and the famous maze
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 people ensures a more personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Hampton Court Palace Bike Tour from London

Hampton Court Palace Bike Tour

Begin your Hampton Court Palace bike tour as you travel by train from bustling Central London to the idyllic borough of Richmond. Formerly a royal residence, this area is now home to London’s rich and famous. Once in the historic town of Richmond, hop on your vintage-style bikes with an optional basket (rental included) for a leisurely 7.5-mile (12-kilometer) ride along the banks of the River Thames.

Visit the great Richmond Palace, the former residence of the Tudor family and favorite residence of Queen Elizabeth I, who died there in 1603. Pedal past Richmond Hill and admire amazing views of the River Thames, which inspired poets and artists, including J.M. Turner and Sir Joshua Reynolds. Continue to Petersham Nurseries and take some pictures or buy some cake. Indulge yourself in the peaceful setting of the beautiful garden.

As you continue your full-day bike tour, see Marble Hill House shining on the other side of the river with its perfectly symmetrical Palladian architecture. Listen to spooky stories from your guide as you cruise past Ham House, which was built in 1610 and is reputed to be one of the most haunted houses in England. Your local guide will tell you about the eclectic history of the Eel Pie Island and take you to a charming pub overlooking the river, where you'll have free time for lunch (own expense).

After lunch, continue towards the Hampton Court Palace, where you'll leave your bikes and enjoy free time to explore the palace and its surroundings at your leisure. Discover the royal apartments as you listen to informative audio commentary about the history of the building. Learn how the Tudors, including the scandalous King Henry VIII, spent their private lives behind the palace walls. Be sure to take a stroll through the beautiful Hampton Court Palace gardens and get lost in the famous maze before returning to Central London by train.

Customer Reviews

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!!

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