There are many ways to explore the stories at Hampton Court Palace
Private Guided Tours require advance booking and are at an additional cost - palace admission tickets are also required.
Audio guides are included in your palace admission ticket. Collect your audio guide inside the palace on the day of your visit.
For a truly memorable experience, book one of our friendly and knowledgeable guides for a private guided tour of the palace and/or gardens.
For a more visual experience, consider hiring a guide in costume. This is a private guided tour - but delivered by a costumed courtier or housekeeper!
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.
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.
Costumed actors are on-site daily with plays and presentations about the history of Hampton Court Palace. These performances 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. Conservation tours or object talks are also available. Check your 'What's on today' brochure on arrival for details.
Our Deaf guides and BSL interpreter-guides can arrange to be on-site during your visit to give you a tour of the palace.
They offer the following tours:
10.30-12.30: The Tudor Palace of Henry VIII and his wives
13.30-15.30: The Baroque Palace of William III and Mary II
16.00-17.00: The palace gardens (summer only)
Some dates do need to be pre-booked — please visit our British Sign Language tours page for more information.
Join one of our expert room describer volunteers to find out which bits of the building can be touched and to get a sense of the scale of the rooms.
It is available on any day that suits you, between 10.30 and 16.00. Find out more on our describer escorted visits page.
Book a powered 'We-Go' wheelchair and let our volunteers take you on a dedicated tour of the palace. For more information, please visit our Accessibility page.