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Palace admission tickets 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 start at £110 + VAT (£132) for a 1½ hour tour. This is in addition to palace admission tickets.

Our guides are passionate about history, fun to be with and provide a whole range of fascinating facts and anecdotes to entertain all the family. All of our guides are Institute of Tourist Guiding Level 2 qualified, which sets the gold standard for professional guiding.

Guides are available to conduct private tours lasting 1½ hours, 2½ hours or 3½ hours - and they are offered in a number of languages. To book a private guided tour, call 020 3166 6000 or email customerservices@hrp.org.uk. Or download the booking form below.

Guided tours are subject to the availability of the guide so early booking is advisable.

Private Costumed Guided Tours

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

Tours start at £140 + VAT (£168) for a 1½ hour tour. This is in addition to palace admission tickets.

Please note: select the era of costume carefully as your guide can only visit the parts of the Palace that existed during that time!

Guides are available to conduct private tours lasting 1½ hours, 2½ hours or 3½ hours. To book a costumed private guided tour, call 020 3166 6000 or email customerservices@hrp.org.uk. Or download the booking form below.

Guided tours are subject to the availability of the guide so early booking is advisable.

Free audio guide tours

Your palace admission ticket includes access to an audio guide of Hampton Court Palace, at no extra cost. Collect your audio guide handset 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
  • Korean

Free daily plays and presentations

Each day we have costumed actors or live interpreters giving plays and presentations about some of the history that happened at Hampton Court Palace. Some of the plays last about 10 minutes, some last an hour - and some require audience participation (but you don't have to join in if you'd rather watch)!

Details of times and meeting places are in your 'Today's Programme'.

  • No need to show your admission ticket.
  • Just turn up at the right time in the right place. 

Free tours and talks

These are seasonal and don’t take place every day.

They cover a range of specialist subjects - from the gardens and the Great Vine in the summer months, to tours of the paintings.

There can also be conservation tours or object talks on a more general theme at any time of year. Details of dates, times and meeting places are in your 'Today's Programme'.

  • No need to show your admission ticket.
  • You may need to reserve a place as some tours have a limit on numbers. If this is the case, go to the Information Centre off Base Court. 

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.

Tours start at £250 + VAT (£300) for 1 hour. This is in addition to palace admission tickets.

Rooftop tours are only available during the summer months for those over the age of 12 years, and group size is restricted to a maximum of 16 people.

To request a rooftop tour, call 020 3166 6000 or email customerservices@hrp.org.uk. Or download the booking form and Terms and Conditions below.

Rooftop tours are subject to the availability of the guide so early booking is advisable.