Movie Maker Mission: help us animate 500 years of history
This year Hampton Court Palace is 500 years old. To celebrate this monumental occasion we’re making an animation to tell the life story of this amazing palace. That’s five centuries of terrific tales, jam-packed into five minutes of film… an epic undertaking!
To achieve this incredible feat, we’re asking you to help us create thousands of drawings of the palace, its people and possessions.
Workshops and activities >
Digital missions are interactive adventures played on a mobile device. Meet a character from history facing a tricky situation. Solve their problem by tackling a series of challenges that help you to explore the palace and find the answers you need. More information and to download the app >
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 18th-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.
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...