Great Hall

Visit England's last and greatest medieval hall, and one of Britain's oldest theatres.

Visit England's last and greatest medieval hall, and one of Britain's oldest theatres.

When

  • Open daily

Ticketing information

There will be restricted access in The Great Hall until 01 March 2019 due to conservation maintenance works, which visitors will be able to view from a safe distance.

The Great Hall will be closed 27-29 February 2019.

 

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Henry VIII's Great Hall

The Great Hall is one of the most impressive rooms at Hampton Court Palace, and the largest.

A vast team of masons, carpenters, bricklayers and labourers began to build this magnificent room for Henry VIII in the 1530s.

The room is spanned by a large and sumptuously decorated hammer-beam roof and its walls are hung with Henry's most splendid tapestries, The Story of Abraham.

William Shakespeare's company — the 'King's Men' — performed for James I over Christmas and New Year in 1603-4.

In the 21st Century the Prime Minister at the time, Tony Blair, chaired an informal meeting of the Heads of State and Government of the European Union in the Great Hall on 27 October 2005, following in a noble tradition of royal and political entertainment.

"Going up into the left wing of the palace one comes to an enormous hall with an arched roof made from some Irish wood which, so they say, has the natural property of keeping free of cobwebs." Baron Waldstein, tourist (1600).

The Abraham tapestries

The walls of the Great Hall are hung with Henry VIII's magnificent tapestries, the Story of Abraham. Discover more about the work of our Conservation team as they re-hang the tapestries in this short film.

The Great Hall with its hammber-beam roof, looking east, with two long tables on either side and the Abraham tapestries hanging from underneath the windows

'Hampton Court is as noble and uniform a pile, and as capacious as any Gothic architecture can have made it …The great hall is a most magnificent room…'

John Evelyn, diarist (1662)

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

Included in palace admission (members go free)

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

Hampton Court Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Real Tennis World Champion, Camden Riviere, competing in 2017 Real Tennis Champions Trophy at the Royal Tennis Court.
Events

See the favourite sport of Henry VIII played out on the historic tennis court at Hampton Court Palace.

15-21 July 2019

Hampton Court Palace

Separate ticket (advanced booking required)

A souvenir guidebook highlighting the best things to do at Hampton Court Palace - an enjoyable read bursting with information.

Official Hampton Court Palace guidebook

A souvenir guidebook highlighting the best things to do at Hampton Court Palace - an enjoyable read bursting with information.

£4.99

This unique cushion is made in the UK and features a portrait of Henry VIII, King of England from 1509 to 1547.

Henry VIII portrait cushion

This unique cushion is made in the UK and features a portrait of Henry VIII, King of England from 1509 to 1547.

£24.99

Tudor Rose tree decoration -  the national flower of England is the rose which was adopted as England's emblem during the time of the Wars of the Roses

Tudor Rose tree decoration

This stunning Tudor rose decoration is double-sided and is beautifully handmade using metal and silk threads on a satin background with a foam filling.

£12.99