This huge red-brick palace sprawls in lush green grounds and was Henry VIII's favourite. The grand rooms are fit for a king, decorated with paintings, velvet drapes and lashings of gold. The royal kitchens were a big part of Tudor life at Hampton Court Palace. In any one day, up to 1,200 members of Henry's court might feast on wild boar and beer. Cooking for hundreds of people with no mod-cons can't have been easy; come and find out how they did it.
Hampton Court has grown from humble beginnings in the 11th century to one of the finest palaces in the world. Over 800 years of history can be explored through this magnificent palace whose previous owners include Cardinal Wolsey, Henry VIII and Elizabeth I.
Visitors are offered an introductory exhibition, a guide through Tudor kitchens, a costume guide tour, and the opportunity to see the Queen's state apartments, the King's apartments and the Wolsey and Georgian rooms. One of the most impressive sights is the Great Hall, Englands last and greatest medievel hall, decorated with sumptuous tapestries.
Outside you can try not to get lost in the worlds most famous maze or visit the Privy garden restored to its 1702 glory.
Refreshments can be found in either the coffee shop, café or by taking your own picnic.
Henry VIII’s Apartments will be closed on 1 – 8 January 2017.
Hampton Court Palace will be closed on 24, 25, 26 December 2016.