Closures and notices

Closures and notices

Visitors in the centre of the Maze

We look forward to welcoming you to this beautiful Tudor and Baroque palace.

Due to essential maintenance and on-going conservation in and around the palace, we may have to close areas from time to time so please be advised of this information concerning your visit.


A316 closed on Saturday 15 August: 17:00-00:00 approx

This Saturday Twickenham is hosting an international rugby game at the Stadium - England v France - kick off at 8pm.  This match is being used to test the highway and transport arrangements for the Rugby World Cup later this September so a section of the A316 will be closed from 3 hours prior to kick off, during the match and until approximately 2 hours after the final whistle.
The temporary closure will allow Tournament organisers to operate additional shuttle bus services to Central London and buses to a Park and Ride facility at Kempton Park and Hounslow Civic Centre. The closure also permits people walking to and from Twickenham Stadium to easily and safely cross the A316 in larger numbers. Therefore, this Saturday, the section of the A316 (between Hospital Bridge Road and Currys Roundabout) and the normal match day road closures will be in place.

Please note that the Tennis Court in the gardens is only open to visitors during summer months. 

This summer our Royal Tennis Courts will unfortunately be closed to visitors from 7th April - 14th September to allow for major structural works. Find out more about the Tennis Courts >

On Thursday 27, Friday 28 August and Tuesday 1 September the East Front Gardens will remain closed due to the build and breakdown of the BBC Good Food Festival that runs 29-31 August. The Privy Garden and South Garden remain open with access through the palace.

There will be no Garden History tours 27 August - 1 September.

The Gardens Exhibition is being pruned and we are sowing new seeds… The Gardens Exhibition, off the Garden Shop and opened over 10 years ago, has come to the end of its natural life cycle so is now permanently closed. It will reopen again, for a forthcoming temporary exhibition to celebrate the Year of the English Garden in 2016, and the 300th anniversary of Capability Brown's birth, but not until April/May 2016.

The Baroque Story

Our new introduction to the Baroque part of the palace is located behind the colonnade in Clock Court. It tells the story of William III and Mary II and their building programme at Hampton Court Palace.

Chapel Royal and Henry VIII's Crown of State

Hampton Court Palace has its own 'crown jewels' now. Henry VIII's Crown of State is on display in the Royal Pew above the Chapel Royal.

It is on display 10.00 - 17.00 Monday to Saturday and between 12.30 - 15.00 on Sundays. When there are services in the Chapel Royal, the Royal Pew will be closed for the duration of the service. This could be for the whole afternoon if the service is a wedding.

Please note that if there is a queue to see it, visitors will be prevented from joining the end of the queue shortly before the scheduled closure times. This could be as much as half an hour beforehand. If you prefer to avoid the crowds and queuing, make the Royal Pew the first thing you see - don't save it until the end of your visit or you could miss out.

The crown is on permanent display so will still be here when you visit Hampton Court on another occasion. 

Please note that photography is not allowed in the Chapel Royal or the Royal Pew.

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