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

Prepare to be swept away by the seasonal atmosphere of Hampton Court Palace as the stunning ice rink returns for another year.

23 November 2018 to 06 January 2019 (closed 25 December)

Hampton Court Palace

Monday-Friday: 11:00-21:00; Saturday-Sunday: 10:00-21:00

Separate ticket

Visitors explore Henry VIII's Kitchens after re-interpretation in 2018.
Families Highlights

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

Open daily

Hampton Court Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Aerial view of Great Fountain Garden at Hampton Court Palace showing Baroque East Front of palace
Highlights Things to see

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

Open daily

Hampton Court Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

The Great Hall, looking east.
The hall was constructed by King Henry VIII to replace a smaller and older hall on the same site. It had two functions. First to provide a great communal dining room where 600 members of the court could eat in two sittings, twice a day. And secondly, to provide a magnificent entrance to the state apartments that lay beyond.
Highlights Things to see

Experience the splendour of the Tudor court in Henry VIII's Great Hall, complete with his magnificent tapestries.

Open daily

Hampton Court Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

The Haunted Gallery at Hampton Court, looking west.
Things to see

Walk Henry VIII’s route from his private apartments to the Chapel and see the infamous Haunted Gallery in the State Apartments.

Open daily

Hampton Court Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Children run through the Hampton Court Palace Maze in the sunshine under a blue sky. Trees and other parkland can be seen in the background.
Families Highlights

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

Open daily

Hampton Court Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Child Christmas wreath making at the palace
Families

Take part in our weekend craft activities and add a personal touch to your Christmas preparations.

Weekends throughout December

Hampton Court Palace

Drop in at times listed

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Winter trees at the palace
Events

Visit the Queen's Presence Chamber to hear some spine-tingling, festive stories from the Victorian and Edwardian eras.

01 December 2018 - 06 January 2019

Hampton Court Palace

Daily at 12:30 and 15:15 in the Queen's Presence Chamber

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Group of carol singers singing in front of the colonnade in Clock Court at Hampton Court Palace
Families

Join the grace-and-favour residents of 1906 as they sing carols around the Christmas tree.

01 December 2018 - 06 January 2019

Hampton Court Palace

Daily at 11:15 and 14:45 in Clock Court

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Costumed Interpreters dressed as Edwardian grace and favour residents preparing the palace for the Christmas season with a festive wreath in front of the fire in the Tudor kitchens.
Families

The grace-and-favour residents of 1906 request the pleasure of your company in the Great Hall as they prepare for their Christmas pageant.

01 December 2018 - 06 January 2019

Hampton Court Palace

Daily at 12:00 and 14:00 in the Great Hall

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Fire in Henry VIII's Kitchens at Hampton Court Palace
Families

Visit Henry VIII's Kitchens and discover how festive food has changed through the ages.

01 December 2018 - 06 January 2019

Hampton Court Palace

Drop in throughout the day

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Children taking part in a storytelling session inside the historic spaces.
Families

Join our storyteller and learn about the Tudor ‘Twelfth Night’ festivity of ‘Misrule’.

Sunday 06 January 2019

Hampton Court Palace

11:30, 13:30, 14:30 (20 minutes)

Included in palace admission (members go free)