There is planned industrial action on South Western Railway services on 18 August 2018. Please check before you travel.

The East Front Gardens will be closed to visitors on 23 - 24 August and 28 August - 03 September 2018. More info

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
15-20 minutes

Ticketing information

Adult: £5.00
Child (under 12): £3.00

Fee payable to the charabanc operator.

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

11.00 - 17.00. Wheelchair space available at 10:45 daily.

A boy holds up a toy sword and shouts as children play in the background at the Magic Garden at Hampton Court Palace
Families Highlights

Meet mysterious beasts, storm the battlements and discover the secret grotto in the Magic Garden at Hampton Court Palace.

Open daily until 28 October 2018

Hampton Court Palace

10:00-18:00 (last entry 17:15)

Children run through the Hampton Court Palace Maze in the sunshine under a blue sky. Trees and other parkland can be seen in the background.
Families Highlights

Lose yourself in the most famous maze in the world. The Hampton Court Maze is still baffling visitors after 300 years.

Open daily

Hampton Court Palace

Throne Room with silk green damask walls, wooden floor and large rug. Two red and gold Chairs of State, or 'thrones' are situated at the far end of the room. Gold-framed paintings of landscapes adorn the walls and three large chandeliers hang above.
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