Meet the wives of King Henry VIII

Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived

Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived

Daily at various times

Ticketing information

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Explore the palace, meet the King's wives and hear their story

History has told the story of Henry VIII's wives, and for the first time, this is your chance to question two of the women behind his throne.

Pick up a daily programme and palace map at the Information Centre and start exploring the palace. Look out for the timed activities listed below that will take place in Clock Court and Henry VIII's Apartments. 

You will discover the women's lives before, during, and after they were married to King Henry VIII, and their roles in shaping the Tudor monarchy and the history of England.

Image: Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

A portrait of Katherine of Aragon, wearing an English gable hood and a red gown.

Schedule of activities

It's about time! 

Discover how the famous Astronomical Clock works with the King’s Astronomer, and his assistant.

When: 10:40, 12:40 and 14:40 (20 mins)
Where: Clock Court

Henry’s Future

King Henry VIII discusses his future with his Astronomer. Find out more about his marriages and choices.

When: 11:00 and 15:00 (20 mins)
Where: Great Watching Chamber

An audience with two wives of King Henry VIII

Choose which of the two wives to follow, and find out more about her life, before, during, and after Henry.

When: 11:45 and 13:45 (15 mins)
Where: The Great Hall

Question Time

For the first time at Hampton Court Palace, question two of King Henry VIII’s wives. What are they most proud of? Do they have any regrets? If they could make different choices, would they?

When: 12:00 and 14:00 (up to 30 mins)
Where: The Great Hall

Meet the Expert 

Who knows the most about being a Tudor VIP? Find out from King Henry VIII, or one of his wives!

When: 13:00 and 15:30 (20 mins)
Where: Great Watching Chamber

A music festival takes place in front of a huge crowd within the Tudor courtyard of Hampton Court Palace

A series of open-air summer concerts in the spectacular and iconic Tudor courtyard at Hampton Court Palace.

06-21 June 2019

Hampton Court Palace

Separate ticket (advanced booking required)