Experience the indulgence and glamour of Henry VIII’s royal lifestyle with this skip-the-line pass to Hampton Court Palace. Enjoy fast access to the venue and fascinating tours led by authentically costumed guides. View the King's and Queen's State Apartments, Tutor-style kitchens, Hampton Court’s famous garden maze and more. With kid-friendly activities, this tour is great for all ages!
Discover the lavish spaces where the notorious Henry VIII once resided, indulged and – occasionally – terrorized his court, particularly his six unfortunate wives. Make your own way to Hampton Court Palace (approximately 35 minutes by train from London) and bypass the queue at the palace entry.
Once inside, explore independently or join a guided tour to learn about the extravagant palace that evolved from humble beginnings as a grange in the 13th century. Acquired by capricious King Henry in the 1520s, the estate grew in size and grandeur, replete with fine tapetries, furnishings and art. Along the tour, see the Great Hall, the State Apartments, and the enormous royal kitchens. Built to feed the indulgent king and his court of 600 people twice daily, these kitchens were the largest of Tutor England.
Families may enjoy the Family Trails tour, a kid-focused palace walk, and a visit to Hampton’s Family Room, a designated space for children to rest and play.
After your tour through the magnificent palace interior, head outside to the surrounding gardens. Wander through the unique Privy Gardens, the Great Vine and the Hampton Court Maze – touted as the most famous maze in the world. Fortunately, with no tangental paths to stump you, you won’t get lost within it!
Do you want to visit more Royal sites?
Consider the flexible and convenient Royal Palaces Pass. Valid for two years from purchase, this pass offers skip-the-line access to the Tower of London, Hampton Court and Kensington Palace. Explore some of England’s grandest landmarks at your leisure!
So much easier when you can skip the line! Just remember to stop at the ticket office to exchange your Viator paper tickets for Hampton Court tickets. DO NOT miss the re-enactment with Thomas Culpepper and the other actors. I believe this happens by the fountain in the main court area around 12noon. Ask to get the exact time. The whole court experience really came alive for us with this.
Taking the train out .Hampton Court is interesting. There's still a walk to it after you get off the train - maybe 3/4 mile - and the trains don't run too often, so check the schedule so you don't have a long wait. I can recommend the hot chocolate from the vendor at the train station it was freezing cold!.
There was no line to skip but the tour was still awesome.
This is a must and great value for money!
This worked well with the morning bike ride. I saw quite a lot of the Palace but not everything. Very enjoyable.
I love Henry VIII history so this tour was at the top of my list! There really was no line when we went in the afternoon, so that part was unnecessary. I am amazed how open the house and grounds are. In America, everything would be behind a rope or glass. In the UK, you get much closer to the real thing. This house just keeps on going...as it kept on growing through history. The tour is designed to emphasize the history behind that fact. By all means, take some time to enjoy the park. After days of touring, it was a beautiful spot to just sit and enjoy.
It was an enjoyable experience - to try to imagine the life in the palace and almost get lost in the Maze!
Great history in a beautiful place. Getting out of London by train and enjoying the Palace and the town was a great day out. Would highly recommend. We also did the bike ride around the grounds which made a really nice day out.
Worth skipping the line!
John L United States of ...
This tour was amazing! What a great palace with so much history. Be sure and tour through the Henry VIII kitchens and Queen Mary - Privy Gardens! We took a horse drawn carriage ride at the entrance of the main garden..
Just by the exit at the back end of the Palace. Learned more history here.
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