Summer holiday drop-in activities - 2 to 25 August
Come and create something new each week and discover the history of Hampton Court Palace through fun activities for the whole family.
Activities run every Monday and Saturday between 11.00 and 15.00 in the Clore Learning Centre.
Calling Doctor Doctor! - Half term activities
25 October to 2 November, available all day.
King George I needs your help! It will be your mission to join the best medical minds of the age to make sure that the king is kept in the peak of health so that he may continue to be a powerful ruler. Interact with costumed interpreters and make new discoveries as you take on the challenge of being a royal physician.
Free with admission ticket. Pick up activities in the Information Centre.
The Big Draw - animated drawing workshops
29-30 October, 10.30 – 13.00 & 14.00 – 16.30, drop-in.
This is your chance to create your own digital story inspired by past residents of the palace! You’ll start with a pencil and paper and then bring your creation to life on an ipad to make your very own story.
Free with admission ticket. Activities will take place in the Cartoon Gallery.
A Merry Tudor Christmas - family workshop
29 November, 10.30-13.00 and 14.00 - 16.30.
Get ready for Christmas in Tudor style. Help the palace servants prepare for King Henry VIII's extravagant feasts and revels, through a range of storytelling, music and craft workshops. For children aged 7-11.
Up to two adults per child can participate in the workshop. Adults should ensure that they accompany their children at all times and that children are not left unattended. Family groups of any size are welcome however we do not allow adults or children to attend on their own.
Lunch and drinks will not be provided. Participants may bring their own packed lunch to eat in the picnic areas. Alternatively, the Tiltyard Cafe is located a short walk away which serves lunch and hot and cold snacks and drinks.
Please note: Workshops are held in education areas and don’t include general admission to the palace. If visitors wish to visit the palace a separate ticket must be purchased.
Book by phone only: 0844 482 7799. Please note that spaces are limited and booking will be operated on a first come, first served basis.
Packed with fun quizzes, activities, facts and illustrations, our free family trails are the perfect way to explore Hampton Court Palace as a family. Hard copies are available at the palace's Information Centre after you have purchased your tickets. When you've completed one, bring it back for a prize!
Family audio guides
Family audio tours are available to help you explore the history and stories at Hampton Court Palace. Aimed at children aged 6 or over, they present the palace in a light-hearted way. Collect your free audio guides from the Information Centre.
Costumed tours and presentations
Meet characters from the Court of King Henry VIII in our costumed presentations. Check 'Your day at court' for presentation times. More information on costumed guided tours.
Built to feed the Court of Henry VIII, the kitchens were expected to provide meals for 600 people twice a day. See and experience the sights and smells of a real Tudor kitchen!
Discover out recently uncovered eighteenth century Chocolate Kitchens. Take a look behind the scenes into the very rooms where the personal chocolatier to King George I prepared the special chocolate drink the King's most intimate dinners and entertainments.
Our family room, in which under 5's can let off a bit of steam, is located next to the left luggage lockers and buggy park off Clock Court. It contains some large lego, books, clothes to dress up in and large soft blocks to keep younger members of the family happy and give parents and older siblings a bit of a break.
The star attraction in our gardens. Test your skills as a family and get enjoyably lost in 'the most famous Maze in the history of the world'. The two metre high hedges twist and turn, with false routes and dead ends. See who gets to the middle first. Admission is included in your palace ticket. More information on the Maze.
The great outdoors
The palace is surrounded by beautiful parks and gardens featuring sparkling fountains, glorious displays of over 200,000 flowering bulbs and 750 acres of tranquil royal parkland. Remember to take care when visiting the gardens as they contain water features, such as ponds and canals.
Ghosts at the palace
Is the palace haunted? People say it is haunted by the ghost of Queen Catherine Howard, one of Henry VIII’s wives. But she isn't the only one! Did you feel anything? Are ghosts real? A ghostly children’s trail is available to help you track down our other ghosts or find out more online.
Enter a living Tudor world..
Join King Henry VIII's courtiers to hear about this much married King, learn about the business of the Court and to dress up in a Tudor gown. If you are lucky you may even see the man himself...