Hampton Court Palace and Gardens Entrance Ticket
Gain access to Hampton Court Palace and enter the magnificent residence of Henry VIII. Send chills down your spine by visiting the Palace’s Haunted Gallery. Wonder at the 17th-century Baroque apartments of William & Mary and go for a leisurely walk in the extensive palace gardens.
- Get ticketed entrance to Hampton Court Palace and explore its various chambers where the marriages of Henry VIII rewrote history.
- Pay a visit to the State Apartments of Henry VIII, discover the Great Chamber lined with Thomas Wolsey’s tapestries, and learn about the battle for power at the Tudor Court.
- Get to know what constituted Tudor cooking and what all counted as entertainment back in those times by exploring Henry VIII’s Kitchens.
- Be amazed by the spectacular interiors of the Chapel Royal, which has been in use for over 450 years and continues to remain an active place of worship.
- Check out the Cumberland Art Gallery, filled with masterpieces by Caravaggio, Rembrandt, van Dyck and more, and be awed by the Royal Collection.
- Enter the world-famous trapezoid maze that stretches for one-third of an acre and lose yourself in its many turns, twists, and dead ends.
- Round off your visit by exploring the vast 60-acre garden which is set within a loop of the Thames. Each season brings out its different looks and shades.
What To Expect
Discover What Made Henry VIII’s Reign Unique By Exploring Hampton Court Palace
Hop aboard a train from London's Waterloo station and travel to Hampton Court Palace! A half-an-hour ride will get you to Hampton Court station, from where you’ll proceed to the entrance of the attraction that essentially comprises of two palaces. What awaits you is a spell-binding Tudor Palace, initially developed by Cardinal Wolsey and later by Henry VIII, positioned next to a Baroque Palace constructed during the reign of William III and Mary III. When Henry VIII was nearing his demise in 1547, he owned over sixty houses, but he held the Hampton Court Palace close to this heart during the latter part of his reign.
You’ll be visiting the King’s apartments in the role of one of his courtiers, donning a Tudor cloak and making your way to the enormous kitchens which was where banquets for over 1000 guests were prepared. A right-turn past the wine cellar will get you to Chapel Royal, the former seat of the monarch and his companions (Royal Pew), and a still-active place of worship. You’ll also come across the ‘Young Henry’ as part of an exhibition that portrays his relationship with Katherine of Aragon, his first Queen.
You’ll also make your way to William III’s State Apartments comprising of the Guard Chamber, the Presence Chamber, the Privy Chamber, and the Great Bedchamber. Additionally, you’ll also get to see his Private Apartments where he resided, for the most part, giving you an idea of his splendid taste in art. The views of the gardens from the apartments are simply outstanding.
Explore The Court Gardens and Its Multiple Stunning Attractions Followed By The Haunted Gallery
Up next is 60 acres of beautiful gardens running all the way down to the Thames River. These gardens are home to the world’s oldest maze (spanning a third of an acre), three National Plant Collections (Heliotropium ‘Cherry Pie Plant’, Lantana 'American shrub verbena', Queen Mary II Exoticks), and the largest Grape Vine in the world. The Gardens feature dazzling fountains along with seasonal displays of thousands of blooming flower buds. You’ll also see Henry VIII’s deer herd along with a good variety of other fauna.
Lastly, visit the New Cumberland Art Gallery and marvel at the Royal Collection of artworks featuring the works of renowned artists such as Rembrandt, Holbein, Canaletto, Caravaggio, and Van Dyck. Learn the story behind the haunting aura of the Gallery and gaze at the Tudor portraits lining the Processional Route. The portraits feature prominent members of the family of Henry VIII, including his father Henry VII, his mother Elizabeth of York, and his heirs.
Current Events to Look Out For
Hampton Court Palace - Elizabeth I and her Spymasters
This February half-term (15-23), Queen Elizabeth I and her spymasters return to Hampton Court Palace with more clues to solve, evidence to uncover and treasonous conspiracies to stop. Become a spy, listen in to secret conversations and decide who cannot be trusted. All activities, plus Tudor cooks in the Kitchens creating sugary splendor, are included in palace admission. Open 10 AM – 4.30 PM, last admission 3.30 PM
Its Florimania at Hampton Court Palace this spring
Florimania is returning to Hampton Court Palace for its 22nd year. From 20-22 March, the sumptuous interiors of Henry VIII’s pleasure palace will be filled with vibrant floral displays and the sweet smell of spring. This year, the focus will be on Heraldry and the interpretation of the ancient works through flower arrangements. Inspiration will be taken from well-known literary works on the subject in addition to artwork where Heraldry features heavily, including the famous “The Family of Henry VIII” portrait (ca. 1545). Experts from the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies will be giving live demonstrations on flower arranging and members of Florilegium will be holding demonstrations of botanical paintings.
- Entrance to Hampton Court Palace and Gardens
- Free audio guide available at the Information Center
- Food & beverages
Know Before You Go
- The train ride from London’s Waterloo station to the Hampton Court station takes approximately 32 minutes.
- A valid photo ID is required when exchanging your voucher.
- Kids 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Monday - Sunday- 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Last admission- 5:00 PM
Last admission to Magic Garden and Maze - 5:15 PM
You are free to explore the Palaces and Gardens till they close for the day.
By Underground: No underground station is present at Hampton Court. The nearest ones are in Wimbledon and Richmond, from where connecting buses can be availed.
By Bus: From Kingston, you can catch 111, 216, 411, 461, 513 and from Richmond, you can catch R68 to reach Hampton Court Palace.
Vehicle Parking: Limited on-site parking is available at £1.60 per hour. The next nearest parking space is Hampton Court Green, located 500 metres away from the entrance and charges £1.50 per hour.
There is no specific dress code applicable to those visiting Hampton Court Palace. Smart, elegant, and respectful dressing is expected as families are going to be present. Please note that visitors (adult or child) in costume are not allowed.
This historic building has quite a few irregular surfaces and difficult staircases. It is recommended that wheelchair users bring their own wheelchairs for ensuring a comfortable experience. A lift to the State Apartments is available on the first floor. Please speak to a State Apartment Warder in case you wish to use it.
A number of wheelchairs are available (free of charge) for use around the palace. Single-person mobility scooters can be borrowed for use in the gardens. Please get in touch with a staff member at the entrance for details. Please note, disabled visitors require a ticket but their carer can enter free of charge. Also, those who are specially disabled will you will require a valid medical proof to bring along a carer.
- Eating or drinking is not allowed anywhere in the Palace other than in the designated lunchrooms.
- Smoking is not permitted in any of the buildings.
- No photography/filming is allowed at Chapel Royal, Royal Pew, and Cumberland Art Gallery.
- Visitors are not expected to touch exhibits placed behind ropes.
- In case you need to make any notes, it is recommended to use pencils and not pens.
Super Flexible Cancellation Policy
You may cancel this experience up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund. No cancellation/refund is possible on partly-used vouchers.
You must carry a printed copy of the voucher to the venue along with a valid photo ID and exchange it for the actual entry tickets at the ticket redemption point.