Hampton Court Palace is located next to the River Thames to the south west of London. It is within the M25 and about 6 miles from the start of the M3 and about 8 miles from the start of the M4. Look out for the brown attraction signs that direct you to Hampton Court Palace. Our full address is:
Hampton Court Palace
Please note that we are within the Low Emission Zone (LEZ) area. For more information on LEZ, click here.
For information and how any planned engineering works affect services, please visit Southwest Trains
South West Trains run services direct from London Waterloo to Hampton Court. The journey only takes 35 minutes and the palace is a 200 metre walk across the bridge from the station. Visitors with sight or mobility concerns should be aware that cyclists often ride their bicycles on the pavement of the bridge.
The train service passes through Wimbledon station, where the London Underground District Line begins. Train time are as follows:
Waterloo to Hampton Court
Monday-Saturday - xx06 and xx36
Sunday - xx27 and xx57
Hampton Court to Waterloo
Monday-Saturday - xx24 and xx54
Sunday - xx05 and xx35
Trains also call at Vauxhall, Clapham Junction, Earlsfield, Wimbledon, Raynes Park, New Malden, Berrylands, Surbiton and Thames Ditton. On arrival at Hampton Court station there is a large step down to the platform from the train.
Alternatively, take the train from London Waterloo to Kingston (there are four trains an hour and the quickest route is via Strawberry Hill or Shepperton) then the bus from Kingston to Hampton Court Palace. See below for bus route information.
Hampton Court is in Travel Zone 6 so travelcards that include zone 6 may be used.
Pay-as-you-go Oyster cards are accepted on South West Trains. To make sure you pay the correct fare, touch in and touch out by placing your Oyster card on a yellow reader on automatic ticket gates (for example, at London Waterloo) or platform validators (which are at Hampton Court station) at the start and end of your journey.
Bus routes: 111*, 216*, 411*, 461, R68, 267*, 513.
Bus route details:
*111 - From Heathrow Airport Central, Cranford, Hounslow, Hampton and Kingston
*216 - From Staines, Ashford, Sunbury, Hampton and Kingston
*411 - From West Molesey and Kingston
461 - From Chertsey, St Peter's Hospital, Weybridge, Walton, West Molesey and Kingston No evening or Sunday service
R68 - From Kew, Richmond, Twickenham, Teddington and Hampton
*267 - From Hammersmith, Brentford, Isleworth, Twickenham, Fulwell and Hampton Summer Sundays and public holidays only (May-August)
513 - From Byfleet, Downside, Cobham, Oxshott, Esher and Kingston Has a very limited service, about three times a day on Mondays to Saturdays
515A - From Guildford, Ripley, Cobham, Esher and Kingston Sundays only, no evening service
*These services accept LT cards, bus passes, Travelcards, Freedom Passes and Saver Tickets. For further information about bus routes please go to the Transport for London website.
Most buses are adapted for wheelchair users. Please note that the nearest bus stop to the palace may be on the opposite side of the road to the palace entrance and potentially 200 metres away. Visitors coming from Kingston may like to know that the bus stop by the King's Arms pub (opposite the gate to Bushy Park) on Hampton Court Road is next to the entrance to the Wilderness Garden and the Maze.
From London airports
From Heathrow Airport take the 111 bus.
From Gatwick Airport, take a train from the airport station to Clapham Junction and change to the Hampton Court train.
From City Airport, take the Docklands Light Railway to Canning Town and then the Jubilee Line to Waterloo. Catch the Hampton Court train from there.
Hampton Court Palace has some lockers where hand baggage and small rucksacks or overnight bags can be left. They are off Clock Court and a £1 coin is required to use them. The coin will be returned to you after use. However there is nowhere for large bags or suitcases to be stored. These may be left at the owners risk in the Warders Office by the West Gate. Please speak to the Warders when you present your ticket if you would like to use this facility. This facility may be withdrawn without notice.
If visiting the palace prior to your flight, please allow at least 1½ hours to get back to the airport from Hampton Court prior to your check-in time.
Visitors arriving by taxi may drop off at the gates. There is a mini-cab firm at Hampton Court station for those wishing to go home by taxi or are heading to Heathrow or Gatwick Airports.
The palace is located on the A308 and is well signposted from all the major local roads; drivers should follow the brown tourist attraction road signs. From the M25 take either exit 10 on to the A307 or exit 12 on to the A308. The palace is also accessible via the A3 and then the A309. For a map to help you plan your journey, visit Multimap.
Limited parking is available at Hampton Court Palace (in the car park behind the Barrack Block) at a cost of £1.50 per hour and on Hampton Court Green (500 metres from the palace entrance) at £1.00 per hour. Parking is also available at the Hampton Court train station, 200 metres from the palace (please check at the station for prices).
The palace car park has nine disabled parking spaces for blue badge holders. They are available on a first come first served basis and are in the lower car park, near the entrance to the Welcome Centre. Parking is currently free for blue badge holders.
Bays in the palace car park are only big enough for a standard car but 12-seater minibuses are just able to fit in. Anything larger may drop off inside the palace gates but should park on Hampton Court Green.
We have a bay marked M/C in the upper car park by the slope leading to the lower car park. Riders should take a ticket at the entrance barrier and pay on leaving. Parking charges are the same.
By motor home/camper van
Visitors with motor homes or camper vans should park on Hampton Court Green where the parking bays are larger and there is no width restriction at the exit. Bays in the palace car park are big enough for a standard car only. Vehicles towing caravans should also park on Hampton Court Green. All items are left at the owner's risk.
Parking is £1 per hour at Hampton Court Green. Motor homes cannot be accommodated in the car park next to Hampton Court railway station.
Coaches may drop passengers off by the King's Arms Pub along the Hampton Court Road but nowhere else nearer the palace gates. This location is by the Maze and gives immediate access to the gardens and is the only place where coaches can pull in without blocking other traffic. There is no waiting as there are double yellow lines in this area. Please do not use bus stops or other areas of the pavement to drop off or collect from.
Coach parking is available free of charge on Hampton Court Green (500 metres from the palace entrance) or at a cost of £15.00 per day at the coach park next to Hampton Court railway station (200 metres from the palace entrance).
Please note that the palace is within the Low Emission Zone (LEZ) area. Although we are on the boundary it is highly likely that high emission coaches will be fined when bringing visitors to the palace, subject to the distance and direction of travel. For more information on LEZ, click here.
The National Cycle Network route number 4 runs along Barge Walk past the palace. Visitors arriving by bicycle should use the cycle racks provided, which are round the corner to the left of the main palace entrance by the entrance to the Wilderness Garden; those locked to railings may be removed. Cycle racks with weather protection are available at Hampton Court station.
Riverboats run in the summer from Westminster, Richmond-upon-Thames and Kingston-upon-Thames. The journey from Westminster can take up to 4 hours, depending on the tides.
For information on services from Westminster and Kew, contact Westminster Passenger Services on +44 (0)20 7930 2062 or wpsa.
For services from Richmond and Kingston, contact Turks Launches on +44 (0)20 8546 2434 or Turks Launches.
Visitors with access needs should be aware that the piers at Hampton Court Palace are static so do not ride up and down with river water levels. There are also either slopes or a number of steps to get to them.
There are two moorings along Barge Walk for personal/private boats: the Privy Garden mooring by the Tijou Screens close to the palace and the Kingston Bridge mooring opposite Barge Walk Cottages near Kingston Bridge. The latter is a mile away from the palace by road (three miles along Barge Walk).
In line with Environmental Agency policy the first 24 hours are free. After that the cost is £5 per day. Boats may stay for a maximum of 72 hours. Moorings are available on a first come first served basis and cannot be reserved in advance.