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

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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

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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

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Live Interpreter dressed as Sir Walter Raleigh stood on Tower Green.
Families Highlights

Meet Sir Walter Raleigh in a live performance and family activities to mark the 400th anniversary of his execution

20-28 October 2018

Tower of London

11.00, 13.00 and 15.00

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

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 monarchs 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.

£14.99