Base Court will be closed to visitors until 27 June 2018. More information

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.

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