The Secrets of the Royal Bedchamber
27 March - 3 November 2013
Our new exhibition 'The Secrets of the Royal Bedchamber' is now open to visitors. It is included in all palace admission tickets - there is no additional fee.
The Story of the Palace exhibition, behind the colonnade in Clock Court, is now closed for refurbishment and a re-fresh prior to re-opening as a new exhibition called The Baroque Story
(about the Baroque building) on 24 May.
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 10:00-16:00 Monday to Saturday and between 12:30-13:30 on Sundays. Whenever there are services in the Chapel Royal, the Royal Pew will be closed so it won't be on display for the duration of the service. This could be for the whole afternoon if the service in question 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.
This is a permanent exhibition so will still be here when you visit Hampton Court on another occasion. But if you want to avoid the crowds, and possibly even avoid queuing, make it the first thing you see - don't save it until the end of your visit or you will probably miss out.
Please note that photography is not allowed in the Royal Pew.
Saturday 1 June 2013
There will be a marriage service on 1st June so the Chapel Royal and Holy Day Closets (so also Henry VIII's Crown) will be closed
to visitors from 12:00 until after the service has finished at 14:30.
17 June until mid-July
Due to the organ work currently ongoing, the Chapel Royal will close
for 4 weeks from 17 June, only opening to visitors between 13:00 and 14:30 (Monday to Saturday). Access to the Royal Pew and Henry's Crown will be unaffected as long as visitors are as quiet as possible so as not to disturb the voicing of the organ. Voicing is a delicate procedure which tunes the organ (an 11 minute demonstration can be seen on this youtube video
) so noise other than that of the organ can be extremely distracting.
Saturday 7 September 2013
Chorister Open Day, 14:00-17:00. Pre-registration essential - see PDF flyer for details.
Advanced warning: two RideLondon events will go past the palace on Sunday 4 August 2013, resulting in the closure of local roads and limited local parking, with none at the palace. Please see the RideLondon website
Advanced notice: Young Henry VIII's Story
will be closed 1 September - 15 October 2013 for electrical work.
Some files are provided in PDF format - you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view these files.