Hampton Court Palace

Explore the home of Henry VIII

Explore the home of Henry VIII

Updated 29 May. In line with government guidance, our palaces remain closed. We are working on detailed plans to safely re-open our sites, starting with our outdoor spaces. Thank you for your patience. Read our statement

Home Park will remain open, but we will keep this decision under review. We ask all visitors to the park to observe social distancing guidelines.

Experience the public dramas and private lives of Henry VIII, his wives and children in the world of the Tudor court. Admire Henry’s Great Hall, the infamous Haunted Gallery and the Tudor kitchens. Discover the spectacular baroque palace built for William III and Mary II and explore the magnificent gardens.

Enjoy a day out for all the family

Keep the family entertained with a day out at Hampton Court Palace. Save time, book online (members go free).

Hampton Court Palace Gardens

Aerial view of a formal garden with green lawns on either side of a main path running towards the baroque palace. A fountain runs in the foreground at the centre of the path
Things to see

Renowned across the world, Hampton Court Palace's beautiful gardens are an unmissable attraction.

Open daily

Hampton Court Palace

Included in all admission tickets (members go free)

The Kitchen Garden at Hampton Court Palace under a bright blue sky. Showing varieties of planting in the foreground and the Tudor palace in the background
Things to see

Experience the recreated Kitchen Garden, which would have fed the Georgian royals and now supplies Henry VIII's Kitchens.

Open daily

Hampton Court Palace

Free

The Privy Garden at Hampton Court Palace, showing bright planting and baroque architecture under a clear blue sky
Things to see

Explore the Privy Garden, now restored to its former glory and complete with its intricate Tijou Screen.

Open daily

Hampton Court Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Henry VIII (1491-1547) June 1526-June 1527, by LUCAS HORENBOUT (C. 1490/5-1544)
Things to see

Immerse yourself in Tudor history as we reunite stunning works of art, gold, weapons, manuscripts and clothing from the Field of Cloth of Gold, Henry VIII's legendary encounter with his great rival François I of France.

Postponed

Hampton Court Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Child holds a falcon at a family event at Hampton Court Palace
Events Families

Let the games begin! Bring the whole family to Hampton Court Palace this summer and take part in some exciting Tudor sports. Have a go at sword fighting, crossbow, 16th-century football, falconry and more.

Cancelled

Hampton Court Palace

10:00-18:00

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Tracey Tooley investigating Hampton Court Palace with Tudor figures from history.

Five brilliant history resources for home schooling

Discover curriculum-linked history resources for all Key Stages that will keep your kids learning about the Tudors, Victorians and more while you're staying home together.

Painting depicting the family of Henry VII in a fantastical landscape with St George battling the dragon in the background and Henry VII's wife, Elizabeth of York, and their children kneeling in the foreground.

Blog: Long Live the King: St George’s Day and the Accession of Henry VIII

On 23 April 1509, 17 year old Henry VIII was told that his father Henry VII had died, and that he was to be crowned the new King of England. In fact, his father had died over 48 hours before, on April 21! Our latest blog by HRP Chief Curator Tracy Borman recounts this dramatic episode in British royal history.

The Wolsey Closet, looking south west, showing the rich decoration and colour of the lost Tudor interiors

Conservation of a Tudor ceiling

Watch our latest conservation video to discover more about our work behind the scenes.

Visitors seated in the Great Hall, working on family activities and surrounded by Tudor tapestries

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Detail of Henry VIII stained glass from the west window in The Great Hall

Henry VIII

Renaissance Prince or terrible Tudor? Who was the real Henry VIII?

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