Everyday throughout the year, our costumed interpreters give dramatic presentations of some of the historic events that happened at Hampton Court.
The current daily schedule is:
11:00 Tudor Welcome (meet in Base Court)
11:30 Henry VIII and his musicians (Great Watching Chamber)
12:00 Who is the Fairest? (Council Chamber)
12:30 Shakespeare's rehearsal (Great Hall)
14:00 Queen Anne goes hunting (meet in Base Court)
14:40 An English lesson (meet at the Queen's Staircase)
15:30 Across five centuries (Cartoon Gallery)
16:00 500 years in a day (meet in Fountain Court)
16:15 Toast 500 years at the Wine Fountain (Base Court)
You may also stumble across additional micro plays as you explore the palace, and joints of meat will be roasted every day in the Tudor Kitchens.
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 'Today's Programme' booklet to find the meeting place and simply turn up at the appointed time
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 'Today's Programme'.
- 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 'Today's Programme' for day and time details
Weekend tours of the Barrack Block & Wren Studio
New for 2015! At weekends, our Hampton Court Palace Guides will be offering guided tours of the Barrack Block & Wren Studio. Tours last about 45 mintues and cost £5 per adult and £2.50 per child (£4/£2 for members). Tickets can be bought from the ticket office on the day.