Hampton Court

Hampton Court Travel Blog

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OK, so I know Versailles is massive and Hampton Court is not as big, but it sure seemed like it! The gardens were in full spring bloom, and they were amazing in their artistry (trees shaped like those Super Mario Bros mushrooms?? Class!). The flowers were rioting everywhere in orderly vivd colour chaos. And that's not even mentioning the amazing, but slightly disturbing, palace proper.

There was one room in the palace which was the guard-room, with a disturbing display of patterned walls entirely made out of guns of all shapes and sizes. The ceilings were painted with colourful scenes of plenty, interspersed with spare black and white corridors lined with imposing and sad white statues.

The history of the place is interesting, and although the free audio tour is plodding, it does bring the place to life a bit. The true standout of Hampton Court though is most definitely the gardens. There are 3 sections to it, an overgrown "wilderness" part with a maze in it (mostly frequented by children, though slightly disturbing was the audio art going on which played scary clown music as you desperately ran around trying to find a way out. The stuff of nightmares!). There is a formal garden area used for walking around, fairly open and then there are the stunning gardens on the side some of which you can only look at but not walk through.

Also, don't miss the Great Vine tucked away behind one wing of the palace - it is impressively enormous like everything else there!
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Hampton Court
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