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

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

Included in palace admission Buy Hampton Court Palace tickets

Henry VIII's Great Hall

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

William Shakespeare’s company – the ‘King’s Men’ – performed for King 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 the 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).

'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)

Explore what's on

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

Hampton Court Palace

Member only

12:00

Fountain Court, looking west. The courtyard fountain can just be seen through an archway on the left.

Get an expert’s guide of what there is to see and do at each palace with one of our State Apartment Warders at Hampton Court.

7 June 2018

Hampton Court Palace

Member only Tours and talks

11:00 and 14:00

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

Hampton Court Palace

Families

11:00-16:00

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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.

£14.99

Royal Wedding 2018 official commemorative fine bone china plate

Royal Wedding 2018 official commemorative fine bone china plate

Commemorate the Royal Wedding of HRH Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on 19th May 2018 with the official commemorative fine bone china plate. Made in England using traditional fine bone china techniques, unchanged for centuries, this collector's plate has been commissioned exclusively by Buckingham Palace to mark the royal occasion.

£49.00

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.

12.99