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Itinerary for Hampton Court Palace

We recommend at least three hours to discover the spectacular rooms and gardens!

Start by exploring the home of Henry VIII then discover the magnificent Baroque Palace in William III’s Apartments and the Georgian Story.

Pick up a free audio guide from the Undercroft Shop to guide you around the palace, including our Film and TV Location audio guide tour. A self-led British Sign Language Digital Visitor guide is also available. Look out for our friendly Palace Hosts who will be happy to answer any questions. 

Begin your journey in Base Court.

The Tudor Experience - up to 1 hour 30 minutes

Enter via the main entrance into Base Court.

Go left to enter into

Master Carpenter's court and follow the corridor down to the:

Tudor Kitchens  - 30 minutes
Transport yourself back to the heyday of royal cooking and entertainment.

Exit the Tudor kitchens and go right down the corridor, past the cellar to The Chapel Royal.

The Chapel Royal  - 10 minutes
Visit the spot where kings and queens have worshipped for almost 500 years.

Exit the Chapel Royal right and head towards Fountain Court.

Go right through the double doors and head back into Clock Court to the archway to enter

Henry VIII’s Apartments & his Crown - 40 minutes
Sit on a throne in England’s last great medieval hall before walking through the infamous Haunted Gallery.

You can also enter Henry VIII's apartments via this route

Enter Base Court and go straight ahead towards the archway. Turn left and up the stairs to enter Henry VIII's apartments.

The Baroque Palace

Enter from Clock Court. Take the King's staircase up to the first floor.

William III’s Apartments - 40 minutes
Explore both the state and private apartments of William III. The King's Guard Chamber, The Privy Chamber and the The Great Bedchamber.

Georgian story and the Queen's apartments - 30 minutes

2 - 3 hours

Henry VIII’s Apartments & his Crown - 40 minutes
Sit on a throne in England’s last great medieval hall before walking through the infamous Haunted Gallery.

Tudor Kitchens - 30 minutes

The Chapel Royal - 10 minutes
Visit the spot where kings and queens have worshipped for almost 500 years.

The Georgian Story - 30 minutes
Experience the stage upon which George I and his son played out their bitter rivalry.

William III’s Apartments - 40 minutes

The Baroque Story - 15 minutes   
Watch the Baroque Story film.

Chocolate Kitchens - 10 minutes
Visit the only surviving royal chocolate kitchen.

The King's Great Bedchamber, looking north. 

Objects seen include the state bed acquired by King William III from the Earl of Jersey c1700, "Purchase of the Field of Ephron" wall tapestry attributed to Pieter Coeck van Aelst (1502-50) (on the right of the image), also showing part of the ceiling painting (c1701) by Antonio Verrio (c. 1639-1707).

EXPLORE WHAT'S ON

  • Things to see

Hampton Court Gardens

Take time to explore and relax in these world-renowned gardens and find our free entry Garden Open Days dates.

  • Open in line with palace opening hours.
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
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  • Things to see

Home Park and The Long Water

Explore 750 acres of wilderness in Home Park - an appointed Site of Special Scientific Interest. Observe ancient trees and rarities from the natural world.

  • Daily 07:00 – 18:30
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Free
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  • Exhibition
  • Things to see

The Indian Army at the Palace

Explore the forgotten story of Indian Army soldiers who camped at Hampton Court Palace in the early 20th century, through a new exhibition of previously unseen objects, photographs, film and personal stories.

  • Until 29 September 2024
  • In line with palace opening hours
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
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BROWSE MORE HISTORY AND STORIES

Henry VIII’s kitchens at Hampton Court

Henry VIII's food factory, preparing up to 1,000 meals a day

Elizabeth I

From Tower prisoner to English Queen

The Field of Cloth of Gold

Henry VIII's historic meeting with his great rival François I in 1520 was a defining point in his reign

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Our gifts and souvenirs are are inspired by over 500 years of history from Hampton Court Palace.

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Browse through our Tudor Collection to find a whole range of products based on the Tudors.

From £3.00

Elizabeth's Women by Tracy Borman

Discover the world of Elizabeth I with this insightful look at Elizabeth's relationship with woman and how they helped to shape her into a remarkable monarch. This thrilling book explores the lesser known side of Elizabeth I who is often portrayed as a ruthless 'man's woman'.

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