Meet our magnificent shire horses and enjoy a historic tour.
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:
11.00 - 17.00. Wheelchair space available at 10:45 daily.
Commemorate the Royal Wedding of HRH Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on 19th May 2018 with the 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.
The sitting rabbit doorstop is a handsome fellow made out of luxurious beige fabric with silk trim - he is definitely more than a doorstop as his appealing looks are sure to guarantee him the best room in the house!
This inquisitive little hare will add character to your home and garden. With a traditional bronze effect finish, and inspired by classical bronze sculptures, this miniature hare will add narrative to your garden.