Monarchs through the ages

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 2 | Subject: History, Art & Design | Topics: Tudors, Stuarts | Session Type: Route-based

Led by a costumed presenter, children will compare and contrast the Tudor and Stuart royal apartments. They will gain an understanding of how design and use of the palace changed in the 142 years between King Henry VIII, and King William III and Queen Mary II to reflect the changing needs of the monarch.

Learning objectives

Children will:

  • Discover that the design and use of the Royal apartments at Hampton Court changed between the Tudor and Stuart monarchs.
  • Compare and contrast the architectural differences between the palaces of Henry VIII and that of William and Mary.
  • Explore the changing role of the monarch using the building as evidence and source material.

National Curriculum links

This session supports:


  • Exploring a theme of British history beyond 1066 (the changing role of the monarch).
  • Understanding the methods of historical enquiry, how evidence is used to make claims.

Art and Design:

  • Finding out about great artists, architects and designers in history.

Booking information

Monday - Friday
10.30, 11.45, 13.15
60 minutes
Up to 35 pupils
£95 plus admission

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