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Hampton Court Tour - Secrets of a Tudor Palace

Hampton Court Tour - Secrets of a Tudor Palace
Private & Custom Tours > Private Sightseeing Tours > Private Tours
$167.35
Duration: 2 hours
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Join your historian guide, from television's Secrets of Henry VIII's Palace, to discover Hampton Court. Through its rooms you can chart Henry’s decline from athletic prince to bloated tyrant and hear about the six ill-fated women who became his queens. Dig a little deeper and find hidden stories of ghost, executions and 'horrible histories'. Tours can be adapted for children, giving the whole family a fun insight. Highlights for Tudor tours are Kitchens, Great Hall, Chapel and Haunted Gallery. Having a guide in authentic 16th century dress can bring the past vividly to life! General Tour (non-costume) is also available, which can cover both sides of the palace - Tudor and Baroque with gardens, so you get to see the two major routes in 2 hours.

Choose from one of three departure times. 11:00, 13:30 or 16:00

Hampton Court Palace is easily accessible by car, with parking on site, or by train from London Waterloo. Trains depart every 30 minutes with journey time of 35 minutes. Entry tickets to the palace can be purchased online in advance, at www.hrp.org.uk, or on the day at the Welcome Centre Ticket Office. These tickets are in addition to the price of your tour. Collect your entry tickets from the ticket office on the left hand side as you enter the first palace gates and then make your way to the meeting point, the West Front Gatehouse, where your guide will be waiting for you.

This is a private tour, just for you, so can be tailored exactly to your requirements. You can say in advance, or even on the day, what interests you most - whether it be tapestries, art and magnificence or simply the strange and amusing tales of a Royal Court. Step back in time to 1540: imagine the colours, sights, sounds and smells. What was it really like to live, work and eat at Hampton Court and how did people dress? The kitchens are evocative of ordinary life, while the Great Hall, hardly changed since Henry's time, shows his wealth and power. Visit the Haunted Gallery, where you might see the ghost of Queen Catherine Howard as well as original paintings from the Royal Collection. The beautiful Chapel Royal has the finest 16th century ceiling in England, studded with blue and gold, while the King's colourful royal beasts can be seen outside in a charming Tudor Garden.
But, this is a story of two amazing palaces: a Tudor palace made famous by Henry VIII, alongside a 17th century Baroque palace built by William & Mary, with stunning gardens. Why did the British come to have a Dutch king in 1688 and what was he doing at Hampton Court?  Find out more about William of Orange, see fabulous interiors including royal bedrooms, and look out onto his magnificent Privy Garden as you explore the palace inspired by Versailles!
Please choose a General Tour if you wish to see both parts with your guide.

Join your historian guide, from television's Secrets of Henry VIII's Palace, to discover Hampton Court. Through its rooms you can chart Henry’s decline from athletic prince to bloated tyrant and hear about the six ill-fated women who became his queens. Dig a little deeper and find hidden stories of ghost, executions and 'horrible histories'. Tours can be adapted for children, giving the whole family a fun insight. Highlights for Tudor tours are Kitchens, Great Hall, Chapel and Haunted Gallery. Having a guide in authentic 16th century dress can bring the past vividly to life! General Tour (non-costume) is also available, which can cover both sides of the palace - Tudor and Baroque with gardens, so you get to see the two major routes in 2 hours.

Choose from one of three departure times. 11:00, 13:30 or 16:00