Home to Henry VIII and prison to Charles I, Hampton Court Palace has hosted a range of royals during its history and has been open for public viewing since the 19th century.
See Henry VIII’s hanging tapestries in the elaborate Great Hall, or marvel at a sparkling recreation of his crown in the Royal Pew. Those who fancy meeting the great man ‘himself’ can buy tickets for ‘A Living Tudor World’. Just be sure to practice your bows and curtsies.
Food-lovers can explore the royal kitchens originally designed to feed at least 600 people, twice a day. Those with a sweet tooth will love seeing the Chocolate Kitchens where King George I’s personal chocolatier used to prepare chocolate drinks for royal dinners. Live historic cookery events throughout the year give you the chance to learn the mouthwatering recipes fit for a king.
Hampton Court Maze, built in 1700 and the UK’s oldest surviving hedge maze, provides a challenge for the adventurous. Or if you prefer, guided tours are available with dramatic presentations en route. Check online to see which days are best for Hampton Court Palace’s seasonal guided tours or talks (included in your ticket price), or for plenty of great family-friendly activity suggestions.
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