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Horrible Histories at Hampton Court Palace

Horrible Histories at Hampton Court Palace

General information

Who is this show aimed at?
This show is aimed at families with children aged between 7 and 14 but can be enjoyed by all ages.

Can children watch the show without parental supervision?
We cannot let children watch the show without the supervision of an accompanying adult.

Can I attend without children?
Yes you can!

How long is each show?
Each show will last for approximately one hour with no interval.

Tickets and prices

How much will a ticket cost?
Tickets for the show cost £12 for an adult and £7 for a child.

Do I have to pay for children under 5 years old?
No. Children under the age of 5 are free but they will still need a ticket. Please book your free tickets for your under 5’s when buying your tickets.

Will I be able to upgrade my show tickets to include the Palace and Gardens?
Yes! If you would like to upgrade your tickets then please take your Gorgeous Georgians and Vile Victorians ticket either to the Welcome Centre at Hampton Court or to a member of staff in one of the ticket offices on site. Here you will be able to save money on a ticket to the palace and gardens, including The Magic Garden.*

Please note that discounted palace entry tickets are only valid on production of a valid Horrible Histories ticket.

You can also call us on +44 (0)20 3166 6000 or 0844 482 7777 to book in advance.

  • A combined Adult ticket is just £28 (This includes Gorgeous Georgians and Vile Victorians performance plus entry to palace and The Magic Garden).
  • A combined Child ticket is just £14 (This includes Gorgeous Georgians and Vile Victorians performance plus entry to palace and The Magic Garden).

*Please note that The Magic Garden has limited capacity to ensure the safety of visitors. If at capacity, entry will be suspended until other visitors leave.

Can I buy additional tickets on the day?
Yes, subject to availability additional tickets can be bought from either the main ticket office or the Horrible Histories Ticket Box. You can also purchase tickets over the phone by calling the number above or on our website. Please see the map below for details on where to find the ticket offices on site.

If I upgrade my ticket, are my palace tickets just valid for the day of the show I have booked?
If you upgrade your ticket to include palace entry then you can visit the palace anytime between the 26th May and the 2nd June. This only includes entry to the palace and gardens and you will not be able to view the show again on the same ticket.

Information on opening hours for the half term period can be found on the palace opening and closing times page.

Where can I purchase a ticket?
You can buy tickets online, over the telephone by calling +44 (0)20 3166 6000 or at the ticket office onsite at Hampton Court Palace.


Show information

How long before the show can I enter the Horrible Histories Performance Area?
The outdoor theatre will be open one hour before the show starts so please feel free to come along and grab a spot. Members of the Deaf or hard of hearing community attending the BSL interpreted performances on Tuesday 29th May at 12:00 and 18:00 should allow plenty of time to get to the outdoor theatre and get a good spot from where to see the performance. Theatre staff will be available to direct you to the allocated area.

How long can I stay in the performance area once the show has finished?
In order to prepare for the next Horrible Histories show we ask that you leave the performance area once the show has finished.

What happens if it rains?
The Horrible Histories performers are on a covered stage and so if it rains the show will go ahead. The show will only be cancelled if weather conditions put the health and safety of the performers, visitors and staff at risk.

Please ensure you bring appropriate clothing for the weather conditions. Please note that umbrellas are prohibited during the performance as they can restrict the view of the stage for others.

What should I wear?
Please dress appropriately for weather conditions on the day. This is an outdoor show and runs for an hour. There is no cover available in the case of rain and only limited shade on the site. Also please note that the grass may be damp and so waterproof shoes might be preferable.

Can I bring something to sit on?
Yes, please bring your own blankets and cushions into the outdoor theatre space. Please do not bring folding chairs with you as they can restrict the view of the stage for others. There will be cushions to hire onsite for the duration of the performance. These are priced at £1.50 per cushion or 4 for £5. Please bring cash as cards will not be accepted.

Can I bring my own food into the show with me?
Yes! Please feel free to bring your own picnic to the show.
Glass bottles are allowed, however drinking glasses are not permitted. Please use plastic, shatterproof drinking cups and recycle your bottles after use.

Can I buy food and drink during the show?
Yes! There will be a catering tent located at the back of the Wilderness that will serve ice cream, hot dogs and popcorn amongst other things. In addition, there are also two cafés on site at Hampton Court Palace. The first is the Tiltyard Café and Deli and the second is the Privy Kitchen Café. More details about our onsite cafés can be found on our Eating at Hampton Court Palace page.

What is in place for those with access requirements?
The Horrible Histories Performance Area is fully accessible; however please be aware it is a grassed terrain. For more information, please visit our palace accessibility page.

Please make us aware of any access requirements when booking so we can ensure that your needs are catered for.

Will any theatrical effects be used?
Yes, there will be some loud sound effects occurring during the show.

Will I have seen this before?
We would like to make you aware that some scenes from the show have previously appeared in past Horrible Histories productions.

Can I take photographs or use video?
You are welcome to take photographs providing these are for personal use. Please refrain from video recording the performance.

Are dogs allowed?
Only registered and recognisable assistance, service or guide dogs are allowed inside Hampton Court Palace, in the Maze and in the formal gardens. This is the same for the Horrible Histories Performance Area.

Can I leave my dog anywhere while I watch the show or visit the palace?
There are no facilities for dogs to be left while their owners visit the palace and they should not be left in cars in the palace car park (owners of any animals left in cars are libel to prosecution under the Animal Welfare Act and we are obliged to call the police to parked vehicles containing animals, especially dogs). However, you are very welcome to walk your dog in those areas of the palace gardens that do not require an entrance ticket, and in Home Park. Please keep your dog on a short lead, stick to the paths and remove any dog litter.

What is the policy regarding smoking?
Please refrain from smoking both normal cigarettes and e-cigarettes in the Horrible Histories Performance Area; it is a no smoking zone. You are permitted to smoke in other parts of the gardens.

Facilities and parking

Will there be toilet facilities?
The closest toilet facilities are in the Wilderness. Please see the map below for further details.

Where can I leave my buggy during the show?
We ask that buggy’s are not taken into the Horrible Histories seating area as they may restrict the view of other guests. We will provide a buggy park next to the Horrible Histories Performance area so you may leave them there.

Where can I park?
Limited parking is available at the palace at a current cost of £1.60 per hour (pay on exit) and on Hampton Court Green (500 metres from the palace entrance) at a flat daily fee of £6.00 (payable with cash only). Parking is also available at the Hampton Court train station, 200 metres from the palace (please check at the station for prices).
The palace car park has nine disabled parking spaces for blue badge holders. They are available on a first come first served basis and are in the lower car park, near the entrance to the Welcome Centre. Parking is currently free for blue badge holders parked in the disabled bays.

What other facilities are available on site?
There are cafes available onsite a wide range of food and drink and shopping options available at Hampton Court Palace.

More information

If you have any additional questions related to the Horrible Histories performance at Hampton Court Palace you can contact us by:

Tel: +44 (0)20 3166 6000

Textphone users should call: 18001 020 3166 6000
(09.00 to 17.00 GMT)

How do I get to Hampton Court Palace?

For maps and detailed information about getting to the palace by train, bus, car, taxi, boat, coach or bicycle, visit our Getting Here page.