Resources to use in the classroom
Henry VIII and his six wives (PDF 175KB)
An illustrated fact sheet about the king, his six wives and their relationships with the dates, order, fate and offspring of all of Henry VIII's wives.
The Tudor dynasty (PDF 127KB)
A family tree of the royal Tudors
Tutorials and activities
The animated tutorial and teacher's notes demonstrates and takes you through the process of combining information, both factual and imagined, to create a story.
Simple craft patterns to make your own Tudor clothes and head wear.
Have a look at the Hampton Court Palace playlist and watch videos about:
- Our kitchens team explaining how the Tudor kitchens worked and what people in Tudor times ate.
- Kateyrn Parr and how she gets dressed, with the help of her ladies, in preparation for her wedding day.
- Henry’s wives all together in a collection of lesser known portraits of all 6 women Henry married.
- How to 'pay your reverences' before your visit to Hampton Court Palace, in case you happen to see the King whilst you are here.
Lesson Slides and Ideas for KS2
Inventors and innovation
Monarchs through the ages
Opening up the world
Performance, Paintings and Propaganda
Playing the king
Resources to use in the palace (KS2)
Teacher and group leader notes. These trails are intended for teachers and adult helpers to use with KS2 student groups whilst exploring different areas of the palace. They give suggestions of things to look for, things to think about and things to imagine. The things to think about are intended to be prompts for discussion - there are no right or wrong answers. The trails are designed to be printed out back to back and folded into an A5 size booklet.
Henry VIII's Apartments
This trail guides you from the front entrance of the Palace through Base Court and Clock Court, to the Great Hall, the Great Watching Chamber, the Processional Route (Haunted Gallery) and Henry's Council Chamber.
The trail helps to bring Henry VIII's Apartments alive for your pupils by encouraging them to imagine how the rooms were used in Henry's time.
Henry VIII's Kitchens
This trail guides you from Master Carpenter's Court at the entrance to Henry VIII's Kitchens, through the various different areas and rooms of the kitchens and out to the serving place and wine cellar.
You will be introduced to the various methods of cooking, storing and flavouring food in Tudor times as well as the different types of food that were prepared in these kitchens.
The trail also encourages pupils to think about the different people who worked in the kitchens and what it would have been like to do those jobs.
This trail takes pupils through some of the lesser known, Baroque areas of the palace. The trail includes parts of apartments created for William III (1689-1702) and parts of the Georgian apartments which are decorated as they would have been when Queen Caroline used them (Caroline was married to King George II who reigned from 1727-1760).
The rooms are quite different to the Tudor parts of the palace and pupils often find them difficult to understand. This trail helps to explain these rooms and bring the Baroque court to life.
The gardens at Hampton Court Palace are varied and beautiful.
This trail takes you around the different areas including the very formal Privy Garden, which is laid out as it would have been during King William III's reign (1689-1702), the wilderness garden which is much more informal, the great fountain garden and the famous grape vine.
Set your pupils the brief of being history detectives and challenge them to find out more about the wealth, wives and personality of Henry VIII using his apartments in the palace as their evidence.
The trail is designed to be printed out back to back and folded into an A5 size booklet.
Resources to use in the palace (KS3)
Investigating history: artefacts (PDF 5.45MB)
Detailed information on artefacts handled in the Investigating history session.
Investigating history: chronology (PDF 95.9KB)
A handy timeline of events in Hampton Court’s history
(In)glorious revolution: chronology (PDF 98KB)
The key events leading up to the Glorious Revolution of 1688, and William and Mary’s building of Hampton Court Palace.
(In)glorious revolution: characters (PDF 440KB)
The key characters of the Glorious Revolution of 1688.
Tudor kitchens revealed
Tudor kitchens revealed: chronology (PDF 96KB)
The key moments in the history of the kitchens at Hampton Court Palace.
Tudor kitchens revealed: table manners (PDF 96KB)
A guide to the manners required at a Tudor table.
Elizabeth, power and politics
Elizabeth, power and politics: family tree (PDF 2.94MB)
A family tree of the Tudor dynasty and potential claimants to the English throne in 1562.
Henry to Mary: a religious rollercoaster
Henry to Mary chronology (PDF 2.94MB)
A detailed chronology of the religious changes in the Tudor period.
Henry to Mary characters (PDF 2.94MB)
The key characters in Tudor religious upheaval.