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