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

Encounters with the Tudors

Life Below Stairs

Life Below Stairs


  • Start date: 04 May 2018
  • End date: 31 August 2018

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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.

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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
families interacting taking part in the Great Palace Quest

See what you can discover about food and feasting on the Great Palace Quest at Hampton Court Palace – fun for all the family this May half term!

26 May - 03 June 2018



Photo of an exhibition at the Young Henry exhibition at Hampton Court Palace

Join William Page as he talks about Conservation repairs to the roofs of the Real Tennis Court and Georgian House

11 June 2018

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Henry VIII teddy bear

Henry VIII teddy bear

Henry VIII bear, named after Hampton Court Palace's notorious resident King Henry VIII, in a traditional Tudor costume. Suitable for little princes and princesses aged three years and above. Measures 28cm.


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.


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.