Guided tours

There are many ways to explore the stories at Hampton Court Palace

There are many ways to explore the stories at Hampton Court Palace

When

  • Selected dates

Ticketing info

  • Free tours and talks are included in palace admission ticket. 
  • Private Guided Tours require advance booking and are at an additional cost - palace admission tickets are also required. 

Private Guided Tours

For a truly memorable experience, book one of our friendly and knowledgeable guides for a private guided tour of the palace and/or gardens.

  • Tours can last 1½ hours, 2½ hours or 3½ hours.
  • A number of languages are available.
  • All of our guides are Institute of Tourist Guiding Level 2 qualified, which sets the gold standard for professional guiding. 
  • The cost is in addition to palace admission tickets.

 

Costumed Private Guided Tours

For a more visual experience, consider hiring a guide in costume. This is a private guided tour - but delivered in fancy dress!

  • Tours can last 1½ hours, 2½ hours or 3½ hours.
  • A number of languages are available.
  • All of our guides are Institute of Tourist Guiding Level 2 qualified, which sets the gold standard for professional guiding. 
  • Costumed guides can only enter the parts of the palace that existed during the era in which they are dressed. 
  • The cost is in addition to palace admission tickets. 

 

Rooftop private guided tours (summer only)

Take your tour to the next level and be captivated by history with this privileged view of the palace and gardens – and see if you can spot London’s Shard building in the distance.

  • Rooftop tours last 1 hour.
  • All of our guides are Institute of Tourist Guiding Level 2 qualified, which sets the gold standard for professional guiding. 
  • Only available to those aged 12 years and above.
  • Group size is restricted to a maximum of 16 people.
  • The cost is in addition to palace admission tickets. 

 

Free audio guide tours

Your palace admission ticket includes access to an audio tour of Hampton Court Palace, at no extra cost. Collect your audio guide from the Information Centre off Base Court. Hold the stories of these historic buildings in your hands and experience history where it happened. Choose your own journey through the palace and its stories and plan your day to make the most out of your time with us.   

Available in:

  • English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Japanese, Russian and Korean.

 

Free daily presentations and seasonal talks

Costumed actors are on-site daily with plays and presentations about the history of Hampton Court Palace. Last anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour - some may even require audience participation! 

Seasonal tours and talks are sometimes available free of charge to our visitors. They cover a range of specialist subjects - from the gardens to the paintings. There can also be conservation tours or object talks available. 

  • Check your 'What's on today' brochure on arrival for details.
  • No need to show your admission ticket.
  • Some seasonal tours/talks have a capacity limit - you may need to reserve a place at the Information Centre off Base Court.

Downloadable Booking Forms

Complete the appropriate booking form and return to customerservices@hrp.org.uk to book.

Hampton Court Palace Guided Tour booking form 2017-18 Hampton Court Palace Costumed Guided Tour booking form 2017-18 Hampton Court Palace Group Roof Tour booking form 2017-18

More information

Get in touch with booking staff if you have any enquiries or to arrange your guided tour.

Tel: +44 (0)20 3166 6000 
Email: customerservices@hrp.org.uk