Hampton Court Palace

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East Molesey, London, United Kingdom

Hampton Court Palace London Reviews

Dr_Seuss Dr_Seuss
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Hampton Court Palace May 30, 2012
One of the Historic Royal Palaces, and situated in South West London, a bit out of the road, but worth the visit. Trains half hourly from Waterloo to Hampton Court and the journey takes roughly half an hour.

If you want a different, and more relaxing, way to go get the tube to Richmond or train to Kingston and sail up the Thames on one of the Turk Boats ( Turks Cruises seperate review).

Cost £16.95 for and Adult and £8.50 for a Child for ticket to access Palace,Gardens and Maze. You can get a multi ticket that also covers the Tower Of London, Kensington Palace,Kew Palace and the Banqueting Hall for £43.00. The ticket office and shop are located in a row of buldings down from the main enterance.

Built in 1514 for Cardinal Wolsey, it was taken over by Henry VIII who expanded it. It was used by the British Monarchy for around the next 200 years until the reign of George III, with many of the monarchs redeveloping and adding to the palace.

As you go through the main enterance you come into a courtyard where there is a replica of one of the wine fountains:-O Henry VIII had installed at Hampton Court, that dished out free wine to courtiers, mostly done to show off how wealthy he was.

First place we headed was Henry VIII apartments, and it was a bit more relaxed than most palaces, in that they had a banqueting table set at the end of the great hall where people could sit and hold the goblets for photos to be taken. In the next hall they had an early form of draughts(checkers)/backgammon game that my kids insited on sitting learning to play. We gave them 10 minutes ;-).

There was also an exhibit where you could sit in the Council Chamber where there was a debate by actors on TV screens.

One of the highlights of Hampton Court are the kitchens, set up as they would have been in the times of Henry VIII.

Wandered into the 'new' part and there was an exhibition of paintings, and this changes all the time, and in one of the halls musicians playing instuments of the times.

Headed out into the gardens which were nice, and stretch out down to the banks of the Thames, and then onto the maze. Have to say I was a bit disappointed in it. Had heard of it, in a historical sense, before going and I was really expecting something grander and larger.

The gardens also house The Great Vine, the oldest, over 200 years. and largest in the world, with the strange claim to fame of being the only plant to have had a glasshouse built round it, or something like that :-D. was nice as it was starting to flower when we went.

Each King and Queen seemed to have set up their own appartments in the palaces and you can wander through them all, and see them as they would have been at the time. Lots of great tapestries, murals and frescos and great differences in the styles and extravegances.

Also there are a series of events throughout the year. When we were there it was the Food Festival that was on and just now they are advetising the Royal Hampton Court Flower Show from 3rd - 8th July. It will also host the Olympic cycling road race time trials on 1st August.

Plenty to see and do, and well worth making the extra effort, and making a leisurly day of it, to go and see one Britain's oldest palaces.
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ik-ben-10eke says:
It's a long time since I 've visited this palace. Cannot remember much of the palace, so the review was so nice to read. I remember I loooooved the gardens though.
Posted on: Jun 01, 2012
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