Horse-drawn charabanc tours

Meet our magnificent shire horses and enjoy a historic tour.

Meet our magnificent shire horses and enjoy a historic tour.

When

  • Selected dates
11.00-17.00

Ticketing information

Adult: £5.00
Child (under 12): £3.00

Fee payable to the charabanc operator. Tours last 15-20 minutes.

Separate ticket

When Queen Victoria opened Hampton Court Palace’s gardens to the public in 1838, visitors flocked to the gardens, keen to experience the Maze, the Great Vine and the formal gardens. Horse-drawn charabancs like the Tudor Rose would have been a common sight during the Victorian period, bringing visitors to the palace. Today visitors can tour the gardens in Victorian style.

Our charabanc is based on research into surviving historic vehicles as well as the many old photographs and other images that survive. We spent a year working with Master Coachmaker, Mark Broadbent, to create a charabanc fit for a palace.

The resulting vehicle is as close as we could possibly get to a Victorian horse-drawn charabanc but with a special 21st-century feature - unlike its Victorian predecessors, it is wheelchair accessible via a portable lift (1 wheelchair space available at 10:45 each day.)

Horse-drawn charabanc tours take place on the following days:

  • April: Easter School Holidays
  • May and June: Saturdays, Sundays and and Bank Holidays
  • July, August and September: every day
  • October: half term

Wheelchair space available at 10:45 daily.

Families

Discover the stories of Kensington Palace as a royal home with an activity trail, suitable for children aged 5 to 11 years.

Daily

Kensington Palace

Families

Meet a character from history, explore the palace, complete challenges and win a badge in your Digital Mission!

Daily

Kensington Palace

A Tower of London warden speaks to a visitor in the White Tower
Tours and talks

Explore the beautiful Chapel of St John the Evangelist and hear tales of famous old residents at the Tower with an expert warden.

Daily

Tower of London

10:45, 12:45 and 14:15

White background. Main image is of a bronze finished garden ornament of a miniature dachshund which is sold in the shops and online.

Dachshund bronze finish garden ornament

This playful bronze effect dachshund will charm any new owner. This fun decorative garden ornament features a miniature dachshund dog standing on its hind legs and is inspired by the history of royal dogs.

£19.99

Designed exclusively for Historic Royal Palaces as part of the Enlightened Princesses exhibition at Kensington Palace. This luxury butterfly paper folding fan is based on an original fan in the Royal Ceremonial Dress collection at Historic Royal Palaces.

Luxury cream butterfly folding hand fan

This luxury butterfly paper folding fan is based on an original fan in the Royal Ceremonial Dress collection at Historic Royal Palaces dated c. 1870-1890.

£14.99

Royal Wedding 2018 official commemorative fine bone china plate

Royal Wedding 2018 official commemorative fine bone china plate

Commemorate the royal wedding of TRH The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with this official commemorative fine bone china plate. Made in England using traditional fine bone china techniques, unchanged for centuries, this collector's plate has been commissioned exclusively by Buckingham Palace to mark the royal occasion.

£49.00