Encounters with the Tudors

Life Below Stairs

Life Below Stairs


  • Start date: 04 May 2018
  • End date: 02 September 2018

Ticketing information

Included in palace admission Buy Hampton Court Palace tickets

Not just the home of Henry VIII and his six wives, Hampton Court Palace also housed an army of servants working long hours to tight schedules.

This summer, we bring to life the Tudor service area of the palace, with yeomen, laundresses, barbers, sergeants of the cellars and women of the nursery hurrying about the King’s business.

Don’t be surprised if you run into some of these members of King Henry’s staff bustling about below stairs. Feel free to ask them about their work, their clothes and the tools of their trades, or indeed their opinions about their boss!

Between Master Carpenter’s Court and Chapel Court


Meet the Controller

Daily, 11:00, 13:00 and 15:00

Who is going to pay all these servants? The man with the money will introduce you to the busy world of life below stairs at the Tudor palace.

Meet in Base Court

Directional view of the Anne Boleyn archway joining Base Court to Clock Court.
Tudor kitchen staff work in a busy backdrop of Henry VIII's kitchens at Hampton Court Palace.
Highlights Things to see

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

Open daily

Tower Green and scaffold site with the Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula and the Beauchamp Tower in the background
Things to see

Walk in the footsteps of those condemned to execution at the Tower of London on Tower Green and the Scaffold Site.

Open daily

Tower of London

Photo of an exhibition at the Young Henry exhibition at Hampton Court Palace
Families Things to see

Meet the young Henry VIII, the 'pin-up' prince, through the stories of the people who knew him best.

Open daily

Hampton Court Palace

Face on image of a Henry VIII dressed up brown teddy bear on a white background.

Henry VIII tudor teddy bear

Cuddle up with one of England's most iconic monarch's with our exclusive and super soft Henry VIII teddy bear. Henry VIII was the second king during the Tudor dynasty and is one of the most recognisable monarchs in history.


Anne Boleyn 'B' initial necklace mug

Anne Boleyn 'B' initial necklace mug

Anne Boleyn's 'B' initial necklace is arguably one of the most famous pieces of Tudor jewellery and is visible in many Anne Boleyn portraits. This exquisite stoneware mug features a unique interpretation of Anne Boleyn's 'B' initial pendant on a dramatic black glaze.


Anne Boleyn initial hanging decoration

Anne Boleyn initial hanging decoration

Inspired by Anne Boleyn's famous initial necklace, this luxury hanging decoration features a B initial suspended from faux pearls.