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.


  • Open daily

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Included in palace admission

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)

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Join Siobhan Clarke at the Banqueting Hall for an exclusive tour of this revolutionary building.

21 (12pm tour sold out) and 27 July 2018

Banqueting House

Events Member only

Starting promptly in the Undercroft at 10:30 and 12:00

Chief Yeoman Warder carrying the Tower keys

Member-only access to the traditional locking up of the Tower of London, the Ceremony of the Keys.

18 March (sold out), 15 April (sold out), 20 May (sold out), 17 June (sold out), 15 July 2018 (sold out)

Tower of London

Events Member only

Renowned across the world, Hampton Court Palace Gardens are beautifully constructed and maintained, making them an unmissable attraction.

Open daily

Hampton Court Palace

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Tudor kitchens: The taste of the fire

An illustrated book, written by palace curators and food archaeologists, explores eating at court and the Tudor diet.


King Henry VIII deluxe dress up costume

King Henry VIII deluxe dress up costume

Children’s King Henry VIII dress up costume featuring luxurious Tudor robes made from satin and velour, trimmed with faux fur.