The Tudor Kitchens are closed, re-opening on 05 May 2018. The Maze is closed 17-20 and 23-27 April 2018. More information

No one does feasting like the Tudors

Experience the sights, sounds and smells of Henry VIII’s Kitchens, brought to life like never before.​

Experience the sights, sounds and smells of Henry VIII’s Kitchens, brought to life like never before.​

Tudor kitchen staff work in a busy backdrop of Henry VIII's kitchens at Hampton Court Palace.

From 5 May to 2 September, immerse yourself in Henry VIII's world during a season of Tudor cooking, events and talks.

It is 1538 and Hampton Court Palace is hosting 800 courtiers and ambassadors celebrating the arrival of Edward, Henry's son and heir. Explore the newly renovated Henry VIII's Kitchens and help our cooks prepare dishes to delight the King’s court and guests.

Discover how more than 800 meals were prepared each day, and hear fascinating expert talks on the history of royal food.

Things to see and do

A food historian in period costume preparing traditional Tudor meat dish at a wooden table in the Tudor Kitchens at Hampton Court Palace.

Explore Henry VIII's Kitchens at Hampton Court and transport yourself back to the heyday of Tudor feasting and entertainment.

Closed until 5 May 2018

Highlights Things to see Families

Experience the recreated Kitchen Garden, which would have fed the Georgian royals and now supply Henry VIII's Kitchens.

Open daily

Things to see
Historic Kitchen Staff at Hampton Court Palace prepare roast beef on the spit in early Summer 2016.

Evening talk with William Sitwell

13 June 2018

Events Tours and talks

19:00-20:00

Oysters on display in the Tudor Kitchen shop. The central table is laid out as if for a Tudor banquet

Evening talk with Marc Meltonville

27 June 2018

Tours and talks Events

19:00-20:00

A georgian Chocolate Tart in the Chocolate Kitchens at Hampton Court Palace

Evening talk with Polly Putnam

04 July 2018

Events Tours and talks

19:00-20:00

Illustration of the East Front of Hampton Court Palace with food tents and displays in front under a blue sky.

Join us for a summer celebration of food and drink in the iconic East Front Gardens at Hampton Court Palace.

25 August - 27 August 2018

Events

10:00 - 18:00

History of the Tudor kitchens

Historic Kitchen Staff at Hampton Court Palace prepare roast beef on the spit in early Summer 2016.

Henry VIII's food factory

The vast kitchens served the Tudor court with hundreds of meals a day.

The Great Kitchens, looking east. Showing fresh herbs laid out on a wooden table. An earthenware jug and wicker baskets stand on the table in the background.

Tudor food and eating

Food was an important part of court life at the palaces.

A man dressed as a Tudor cook looking puzzled in the Tudor Kitchens at Hampton Court Palace.

Play Time Explorers

Become an undercover time explorer in Henry VIII's kitchens.