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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

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

BBC Good Food Festive Feast 2017 logo

Enjoy a big helping of festive spirit as BBC Good Food’s Festive Feast returns to the magical Hampton Court Palace this winter.

08 December - 10 December 2017

10:00 - 19:00 (8 and 9 December 2017), 10:00 - 16:30 (10 December 2017).

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

1 hour, starting at 18:00 or 20:00

Story: Queen Elizabeth's Master of Revels is in the middle of preparing the Chapel Royal Choir for a festive performance, when he suddenly finds out that the voice of his lead boy chorister has broken. In his desperate search for a solution he comes across a kitchen boy whose singing voice is pure and beautiful. He pulls him into the royal choir but this is against the rules...

A heart-warming Christmas story for all the family, set at the court of Queen Elizabeth I and performed around the palace.

22 to 23 December and 27 December 2017 to 1 January 2018

11:00- 15:30

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Open daily

Listed in 2005 as the world's longest grape vine, the Great Vine at Hampton Court Palace is a fantastic spectacle and prolific producer of black grapes.

Open daily

One of the undoubted highlights of a visit to Hampton Court Palace is the sparkling re-creation of Henry VIII's crown on display in the Royal Pew.

Open daily

Book an escorted description service - available to take blind or partially sighted visitors around Hampton Court Palace.

Selected dates

Discover masterpieces by Rembrandt, Holbein, van Dyck, and many more when you visit the Cumberland Art Gallery at Hampton Court Palace.

Open daily. Closed 21-23 November

Marvel at the magnificent vaulted ceiling and attend a service in The Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace. The church has been in use for nearly 500 years.

Open daily

A food historian in period costume preparing traditional Tudor meat dish at a wooden table in the Tudor Kitchens at Hampton Court Palace.

Explore Henry VIII's Kitchens at Hampton Court and transport yourself back to the heyday of royal feasting and entertainment.

Open daily