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Itinerary for Hampton Court Palace

We recommend spending at least 3 hours here.

We recommend spending at least 3 hours here.

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

Don’t forget to pick up a free audioguide from the Undercroft Shop and 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 1hour 30 mins

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 mins)
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

The Chapel Royal (10 mins)
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 mins)
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

More time

2 - 3 hours

Henry VIII’s Apartments & his Crown(20 mins)
Sit on a throne in England’s last great medieval hall before walking through the infamous Haunted Gallery.

The Lost Dress (20 mins)
See the Bacton Altar Cloth, a rare survival of Elizabethan dress.

Tudor Kitchens (20 mins)

The Chapel Royal (10 mins)
Visit the spot where kings and queens have worshipped for almost 500 years.

The Georgian Story (25 mins)
Experience the stage upon which George I and his son played out their bitter rivalry.

The Baroque Story (15 mins)
Watch the Baroque Story film.

Chocolate Kitchens (10 mins)
Visit the only surviving royal chocolate kitchen, re-opened in 2014 after almost 300 years.

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

Mantegna Gallery

The Mantegna Gallery is closed for maintenance work until 2026. Two paintings from The Triumphs of Caesar can be seen in the Queen’s Presence Chamber (part of The Georgian Story) during this period.

  • Closed for maintenance
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  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
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  • Things to see

Cumberland Art Gallery

Discover masterpieces by Rembrandt, Caravaggio, van Dyck, and more at the Cumberland Art Gallery at Hampton Court Palace.

  • Open
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  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
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  • 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
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  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
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Shop Hampton Court Watercolour souvenirs

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Explore the range of products inspired by this larger than life monarch and Hampton Court Palace where all his six wives lived.

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Elizabeth's Women by Tracy Borman

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