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Discover the best parts of Hampton Court Palace on this 3.5-hour walking tour with a private guide.  As you explore the site, get to know all the regal splendor of the royal palace, which is believed to have been King Henry VIII’s preferred abode. See the lavish Tudor Quarters, pause for reflection in the Chapel Royal, stroll through picturesque courtyards and admire art from the Royal Collection. Learn about all the history as you walk around the famous walls and listen to the stories of the royals who once called the palace home.

Highlights

  • Private 3.5-hour Hampton Court Palace tour
  • Explore the magnificent palace, famously home to King Henry VIII
  • Wander the palace’s grand courtyards and see Anne Boleyn’s Gate
  • Stroll through the lavish state rooms and ogle ancient tapestries in the Great Hall
  • Get up close to prized artworks from the Royal Collection and see King Henry VIII’s replica crown in the Chapel Royal
  • Discover the history of the royal palace and the Tudor, Stuart and Georgian monarchs who resided there
  • Receive the undivided attention of a historian guide on this private tour

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This private tour ensures you'll see the best of Hampton Court Palace's many highlights. Plus, your personal guide will tailor the commentary and itinerary to your interests, so if there's anything you'd like to hear more about or spend longer visiting, just ask!

What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Hampton Court Palace Walking Tour with Historian Guide

Visit the magnificent Hampton Court Palace with a private guide

Meet your guide at Richmond's Hampton Court Palace, approximately a 30-minute train ride from central London. The palace is best known as the former residence of King Henry VIII, one of the best-known British monarchs.

Leave the admission area with your guide, and start your palace tour. Pose for photos in front of the palace’s iconic red-bricked front, and head through the arched entranceway, which is flanked by elegant columns and towers.

Follow your guide as you learn about the highlights of Hampton Court Palace. Admire Anne Boleyn’s Gate, a Tudor gatehouse, and gaze up at the Clock Court’s Astronomical Clock. Wander around the Tudor Quarters and Great Hall to see the impressive hammer-beam roof and the tapestries that cloak the walls. 

Ogle the art from the Royal Collection inside the Cumberland Art Gallery, and see acclaimed artwork by the likes of Canaletto, Caravaggio, Holbein and Rembrandt. Then, check out the opulence of the Chapel Royal — a site that was decadently decorated for the christening of Edward VI. As you stand beneath the gold-and-blue ceiling, wander to the royal pew to admire a replica of the crown worn by King Henry VIII himself.

Stop for refreshments at an on-site cafe before you view the Triumphs of Caesar. The collection of Andrea Mantegna paintings are said to make up some of the world’s most significant Italian paintings of the Renaissance period.

After 3.5 hours, make the most of some free time to explore independently. Maybe rest and enjoy lunch, or take an amble through the garden and grounds.

Customer Reviews

Laura B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

This was beyond amazing and by far the high light of my trip! Having the private tour enabled me to view artwork, places of interest to me, and get inside information from a true historian! My guide could not have been more knowledgeable. We both shared a passion for this castle and all its treasure

Janice P

1 star rating: I do not recommend this September 2016

Six women paid almost a thousand dollars for this guided tour. We were very dissappointed. The guide was not understandable, mumbled and was poorly organized.

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