Base Court will be closed to visitors from 29 May - 27 June 2018. More information

Escape to Hampton Court Palace

A great family day out for May half term

A great family day out for May half term

Children run through the Hampton Court Palace Maze in the sunshine

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Let the kids' curiosity and imagination run wild at the magnificent and family-friendly Hampton Court Palace.

Family highlights

Children and parents play on two red and blue towers - the King's and Queen's Towers - in the sunshine at The Magic Garden

Meet mysterious beasts, storm the battlements and discover the secret grotto in the Magic Garden at Hampton Court Palace.

Open daily (2018 season planned closures - 16 July and 10 September 2018.)

Families Highlights

10:00-18:00 (last entry 17:15)

Tudor kitchen staff work in a busy backdrop of Henry VIII's kitchens at Hampton Court Palace.

Transport yourself back to the heyday of Tudor feasting and entertainment in Henry VIII's Kitchens at Hampton Court Palace.

Open daily

Highlights Things to see Families
Overhead shot of a woman in the Maze at Hampton Court Palace.

Lose yourself in the most famous maze in the world. The Hampton Court Maze is still baffling visitors after 300 years.

Open daily

Highlights Things to see Families
Georgian architect stands in Clock Court at Hampton Court Palace, looking up at the Tudor building

Shh! You're invited on a special mission… meet characters from history and explore the palace with the Time Explorers app.


An illustration of a Georgian woman and a Victorian man standing outside Hampton Court Palace

We all want to meet people from history. The trouble is everyone is dead! So prepare yourselves for this special one hour production of Horrible Histories live on stage!

26 May - 02 June 2018

Events Families

12:00 and 15:00*

Jousting at Hampton Court Palace

Cheer on the rival knights and soak up the spectacle of a Tudor joust as guests of Henry VIII.

14 July - 15 July 2018

Families Events


Welcome to the Magic Garden

Explore our exciting interactive play garden, created especially for families.

Populated by mysterious mythical beasts, with battlements to storm, towers to besiege, and even a secret grotto to discover, the Magic Garden is a new and unique way for your family to explore the palace’s past.

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