Getting here and coach parking
Coach parking is available free of charge on Hampton Court Green or at a cost of £15 per day next to Hampton Court train station. To find out about travelling to the palace by road, river and public transport visit getting here >
Group tours and guides
Costumed guides can be found throughout the palace to offer a flavour of its extensive and intriguing history.
Private guided and themed tours
The Institute of Tourist Guiding lecturers can be booked for tours of the palace and gardens which give an insight into the incredible stories of the monarchs and people and the beautiful treasures that can be found in this magnificent palace. Sunrise & Brunch tours are now available for groups and can be booked from an hour and a half. Prices start from £110 plus VAT per group.
Included in the admission price, audio guides are available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Russian, Korean and Japanese. They can be collected from the Information Centre in Clock Court.
To help plan your visit download the groups factsheet for Hampton Court Palace (PDF, 196 KB) or for more ideas about your day at Hampton Court Palace, download the latest edition of Fanfare magazine (PDF, 2.2 MB) and visit top things to see and do >
New for 2014
The Glorious Georges
Join George I's court as tensions brew between the King and his son. A stunning re-presentation of the Queen's State Apartments illuminates the story of the Hanoverian dynasty in Britain as we celebrate the 300th anniversary of the Hanoverian accession to the British throne at the Glorious Georges.
Cumberland Art Gallery
A new display of masterpieces from the Royal Collection opened in November 2014, including portraits and landscapes by Canaletto, Van Dyck, Caravaggio, Titian, Holbein and Gainsborough.
Light up the palace
12 - 23 December
Explore Hampton Court Palace's gardens by night, lit as you have never seen them before. Our world famous Maze and formal gardens will be transformed by leading light artists. Explore, discover and play with these unique and beautiful light installations - as you try to discover the centre of the Maze, what effect will your actions have on the lighting? Free to holders of a valid palace ticket on the day. Evening tickets available £10 adult/£5 concession in timed slots. Drinks and hot food, including mulled wine and other seasonal treats, will be available at an extra cost. This is an outdoor experience and the average visit length is 1 hour. Please dress warmly.
Christmas in the Courtyards
13 - 14 December
Get into the festive spirit and enjoy seasonal music, food and entertainment amid the courtyards and cloisters of this magnificent palace, dressed for Christmas.
27 December - 1 January
The aging Henry Vlll gathers what remains of his family for Christmas, will music, dancing, the fire breathing Fool and the host of cooks toiling in his great kitchens be enough to lighten his mood? See what you can do to bring festive jollity and merry-making to the suspicious court. Perhaps if you succeed His Majesty might even be persuaded to wear his magnificent crown for the occasion.
Our Historic cooks are toiling in the Kitchens, preparing the exotic dishes for the royals as well as the plainer yet still lavish food for the court. They will be trying new techniques and deciphering ancient manuscripts in their quest for the perfect festive meal.