Talks and debates

Talks and debates

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Come along to our unique programme of talks and debates to learn more about the magnificent Hampton Court Palace.

Our Spring season at Hampton Court Palace brings you a chance to experience and explore art and gardens through talks, tours and study days.  


Walk with a curator: meet the masters

Walking tour
Monday 16 May, 18.30-19.30 or 20.00-21.00
£20/£18 HRP members

How would you go about choosing art for your walls? Join Hampton Court’s painting curator in this exclusive after-hours guided tour of the Cumberland Art Gallery, revealing new hangs and magnificent art works collected by royal patrons over three centuries. From Holbein, Rembrandt and Gainsborough, find out why these masters made the cut!

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The Strange and the beautiful: exotics and the New World

Study day with the Royal Collection Trust
Saturday 14 May, 10.30-18.30
£75/£67.50 (RCT & HRP members)

From exquisite butterflies to tender exotic plants, delve into the world of seventeenth-century exploration and discovery. Beginning at Hampton Court Palace, join expert Terry Gough in a 'behind-the-scenes' tour of the glasshouse nursery to explore Mary II's passion for collecting and showcasing exotic species. Continue the day with exhibition curator Kate Heard at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, examining the ground-breaking work of artist and entomologist Maria Sybilla Merian.

Ticket price includes tea and coffee, a sandwich lunch, transport from Hampton Court Palace to The Queen's Gallery, a private view of the exhibition and a glass of wine.

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If you are an HRP member please book by phone on 030 3123 7340 and quote 'Learning10' to receive the discounted rate.


Summer Garden Nights

Special event
28, 29, 30 June
£24/£22 HRP members

Join us for an intimate three nights this June in Hampton Court’s new play garden, The Magic Garden. Explore with acclaimed historians, curators, gardeners and writers as we explore why our imaginations are compelled to the idyllic vision of the garden.

More information and details of how to book >


Are you a member of Historic Royal Palaces? Don't forget to take a look at upcoming members' events.

Hear our talks and debates again, listen to a collection of podcasts from our Adult Learning programme.


Unless otherwise stated, our events are fully accessible to all. If you have any particular access requirements please notify us in advance on +44 (0)20 3166 6646 or

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