Guided tours

Guided tours

Visitors with costumed guides

Historical drama, staff talks and our audioguides are all available – and are included in your palace admission ticket.


History where it happened

Everyday throughout the year, our costumed interpreters take visitors around the palace and give dramatic presentations of a living Tudor world; the historic events that happened at Hampton Court. You might meet Henry VIII himself or join his courtiers as they speculate on which lady has caught the royal eye this time. 

During school holidays, bank holidays, selected weekends, Christmas and Easter additional activities may include the Tudor cooks in Henry VIII's Kitchens preparing a feast, etiquette lessons, falconry displays, Fool Shows, the chance to tilt at the quintain (beginner jousting) and dancing – subject to the time of year. 

  • No need to book
  • No need to show your ticket
  • Just look in your Plan your day at court leaflet to find the meeting place and simply turn up at the appointed time

Guided tours or talks

These are generally seasonal and don’t take place every day. They cover a range of specialist subjects - from the gardens and the Great Vine in the summer months, to tours of the Verrio paintings or a tour of the Little Banqueting House in the autumn. There are conservation tours or object talks on a more general theme at any time of year. Details are in your Plan your day at court leaflet.

  • No need to show your admission ticket
  • You may need to reserve a place as some tours have a limit on numbers. If this is the case, go to the Information Centre off Base Court
  • Check your Plan your day at court leaflet for day and time details

Audio guide tours

Audio tours are available in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Japanese, Russian and Korean. They will guide you around:

  • Henry VIII's Apartments
  • Henry VIII's Kitchens
  • William III's Apartments
  • Young Henry VIII's Story

The following areas are also available, in English only, in versions for partially sighted visitors - please enquire at the distribution desk in the Information Centre if you wish to use them:

  • Henry VIII's Kitchens
  • William III's Apartments
  • Young Henry VIII's Story

We also have three family audio tours in English that are suitable for children aged 6 and over.

Audio guides can be picked up from the Information Centre off Base Court. No need to book but they are subject to availability.

Private guided tours

You can also hire one of our Institute of Tourist Guiding Level 2 Hampton Court Palace Guides to take you round on a private guided tour. This is for an additional cost and needs to be booked in advance.  

Downloadable Resources

Some files are provided in PDF format - you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view these files.

  1. Click here to download Acrobat Reader
  2. Alternatively, Adobe offers a service for converting PDFs into HTML or plain text. Access this service here

    HCP guided tour booking form 2015 -15
    (Adobe PDF, 134KB)

    HCP guided tour booking form 2015 15+
    (Adobe PDF, 134KB)

    HCP roof tour booking form -15 2015
    (Adobe PDF, 122KB)

    HCP roof tour booking form 15+ 2015
    (Adobe PDF, 122KB)

    Plan your day at Court - from 1 February 2015
    (Adobe PDF, 271KB)

    New Gardens Map - June 2014
    (Adobe PDF, 2.7MB)

    Hampton Court orientation map 2015
    (Adobe PDF, 3.19MB)

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