Plan your visit
Getting here and coach parking
Coach parking is available free of charge on Hampton Court Green or at a cost of £15 per day next to Hampton Court train station. To find out about travelling to the palace by road, river and public transport visit getting here >
Group tours and guides
Costumed guides can be found throughout the palace to offer a flavour of its extensive and intriguing history.
Private guided and themed tours
The Institute of Tourist Guiding lecturers can be booked for tours of the palace and gardens which give an insight into the incredible stories of the monarchs and people and the beautiful treasures that can be found in this magnificent palace. Sunrise & Brunch tours are now available for groups and can be booked from an hour and a half. Prices start from £110 plus VAT per group.
Included in the admission price, audio guides are available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Russian, Korean and Japanese. They can be collected from the Information Centre in Clock Court.
To help plan your visit download the groups factsheet for Hampton Court Palace (PDF, 196 KB) or for more ideas about your day at Hampton Court Palace, visit top things to see and do >
New for 2015
Cumberland Art Gallery
A new display of masterpieces from the Royal Collection opened in November 2014, including portraits and landscapes by Canaletto, Van Dyck, Caravaggio, Titian, Holbein and Gainsborough. (Please note the Cumberland Art Gallery is closed from 23 - 27 November 2015 inclusive).
Hampton Court 500
For 500 years Hampton Court has majestically stood by the banks of the River Thames! Commenced by Cardinal Wolsey to entertain his pleasure seeking King, Henry VIII, and 10 years later gifted to him.
The palace has been witness to two revolutions, three royal honeymoons, and the birth of Henry's long awaited son Edward, and been pivotal to many more historic events.
Daily from Easter 2015 we will be bringing those 500 years to life with 'history where it happened' including Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, Charles I and Oliver Cromwell, Charles II and his mistresses, as well as the Georges and Victoria.
Celebrate the season with style, songs, dances and live interpretation in the courtyards daily from 1 December - 6 January 2016.
Elizabethan Winter - 27 December - 1 January 2016
Join Elizabeth I and her court; see the cloisters and courtyards decorated with an Elizabethan twist!
BBC Good Food Festival Christmas Fayre - 4 - 6 December
Food stalls in Base Court and Clock Court with culinary demonstrations taking place in the Tudor Kitchens throughout the day.
New for 2016
Year of the Garden, a brand new feast for the senses of all things'garden.
Come and celebrate the residency of world famous landscape gardener Lancelot "Capability" Brown at Hampton Court Palace, where he lived and supervised the famous and extensive grounds.
Also on show are the drawings of John Spyer, Brown's right hand man, that he sold to Catherine The Great in Russia and were preserved in the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg and will be on loan to Hampton Court.
They contain the only accurate drawings of the gardens of the period.
Also new is The Magic Garden, an innovative and interactional garden for families and children. Planned to open at Easter 2016.
As well as a number of enhancements and re-planting and re-landscping of the gardens at Hampton Court, there will be a special 3 metre planting of an image of Henry VIII, one of Hampton Court's most renowned occupants.
A 'must see' day out for all age groups.
See further details for how to get there for individuals, families and groups.