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 information

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. 

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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 by a costumed courtier or housekeeper!

  • 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

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 15 people.
  • The cost is in addition to palace admission tickets.
  • Flat, enclosed footwear is required; you will not be allowed onto the roof if you are not wearing enclosed footwear.

Included in your palace admission ticket

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.

Daily presentations

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

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.

  • 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. Please ask staff on arrival for more information.

British Sign Language (BSL) tours

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.

Describer escorted visits

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.

We-Go wheelchair tours

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.

Close up of the digital visitor auide guide for Hampton Court Palace showing gloved hand and patterned floor in the background

Booking forms

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

Private guided tour booking form 2018-19 Group roof tour booking form 2018-19

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