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Come face to face with mysterious mythical beasts, storm the battlements and discover the secret grotto in the Magic Garden at Hampton Court Palace.

Open daily until 29 October 2017

Hampton Court Palace
Visitors on The Great Palace Quest

Have fun at the palace by becoming a Time Explorer! Join our Great Palace Quest to see what you can discover about Henry VIII and his magnificent Tudor court.

21 October - 29 October 2017

Hampton Court Palace

11.00–16.00

An actor in historical costume performs in front of a group of children

Do you have the stomach to pull rotten teeth, scour the ‘gong’ from the toilets or investigate the ‘Royal Wee’?

21 October - 29 October 2017

Hampton Court Palace

11:00-16:00

An actor dressed as a medieval soldier in armour

Which side you will join in the Norman Conquest? Follow the story through battles, treachery, rebellion and the founding of the Tower of London.

21 October - 29 October 2017

Tower of London

11:30, 13:30 and 15:30

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Join us and create your own magic with moving pictures in our October half term family activities.

22 October - 28 October 2017

Kensington Palace
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Join us at the Tower of London for drawing and puppet making activities over October half term.

22 October - 28 October 2017

Tower of London

11.00 to 15.30

Ice skates silhouetted against the Tower ice rink with Tower in the background

Glide around the rink and take in the magical ambience of the castle beside the Thames, which offers a unique and unforgettable setting.

17 November 2017 - 02 January 2018

Tower of London

Skating sessions are 45 minutes on the ice. We recommend that you arrive 30 minutes before your session to get ready to take to the ice!

People skating on the ice rink outside the front of Hampton Court Palace

Join us to skate against a backdrop of one of the greatest palaces on earth – Henry VIII’s historic home, Hampton Court Palace.

24 November 2017 - 07 January 2018

Hampton Court Palace

Skating sessions are 45 minutes on the ice, plus we recommend that you arrive 30 minutes before your session to get ready to take to the ice!

Visitors walking through Base Court covered in snow

Experience Christmas at Hampton Court Palace by joining us for our fun festive family activities in December!

Selected weekends in December 2017

Hampton Court Palace
Hymn of music book held by member of Choir of the Chapel Royal

Get Christmas off to a traditional start by singing carols through some of the palace courtyards.

16-17 December and 21-23 December 2017

Hampton Court Palace

18:00-19:00 or 20:00-21:00

Shh! You are invited on a special mission...download the app and explore the stories at Hampton Court Palace.

Open daily

Hampton Court Palace
Sculpture of a polar bear

Discover the fascinating stories of the many exotic animals kept at the Tower of London and explore how they lived in the Royal Menagerie.

Open daily

Tower of London