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. If you haven't come dressed to meet the King, don't worry as you can borrow a gown from the Wardrobe in the Information Centre.
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, Tudor 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