A royal Tudor christening

Updated 2 July. Following government guidance, some of the outdoor spaces at Hampton Court Palace are now open Wednesday-Sunday. Palace interiors will reopen 17 July. The Magic Garden and Maze remain closed. Please read our visit information

About this session

Key Stage 1 | Subject: History, English (spoken language) | Topics: Tudors | Session Type: Route-based, Classroom-based

It’s 1537 and King Henry VIII’s baby son Edward is soon to be christened at Hampton Court! The palace is a hive of activity as servants and courtiers prepare for the celebrated event. 

Led by a costumed presenter, children will handle replica objects and costumes to find out about Tudor courtly celebrations.

Learning objectives

Children will:

  • Compare and contrast Tudor life with the present day.
  • Investigate different aspects of Tudor life at Hampton Court Palace.
  • Find out what life as one of Henry VIII’s servants was like at Hampton Court Palace.

National Curriculum links

This session supports:


  • Exploring the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements (Henry VIII).
  • Investigating significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.

Booking information

Thursday and Friday
10.30, 11.45, 13.15
60 minutes
Up to 35 pupils
£95 plus admission

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