FAQs

Additional information for your visit

Additional information for your visit

Tickets and entry

  • Do you have issues downloading your tickets?

    We are sorry to hear that you have had issues downloading your tickets.

    If you are not able to download your e-tickets using the link in your confirmation email, please show your reference number which begins 42xxxxxxxxx to the ticket desk when you arrive and staff on site will be able to print your tickets for you.

  • Do I need to wear a face covering?

    In line with government guidelines, we ask visitors to consider wearing a face covering in our indoor spaces, shops and crowded places unless exempt.

    We recommend visitors continue to maintain a respectful distance from staff and other visitors not in their group. Please continue to show courtesy and consideration for other people visiting the Palaces.

  • I am a member, how do I book a time slot?

    Use your membership number and surname to log in, click on the name of the palace you wish to visit and make your ticket selection. Don't forget to book a place for each member of your party, including children (except for under 5’s). If you are unable to login with your membership number and surname, try a space after your surname. It is not case-specific. If this doesn’t help, please email our team at [email protected].

    You can present your membership card for entrance during off peak hours. However, during peak hours such as events and school holidays, we strongly advise pre-booking to avoid disappointment.

  • Do I need to arrive at the beginning of my timeslot?

    During peak times, i.e. weekend visits or scheduled events such as the Festive Fayre, you can arrive any time within your selected one hour timeslot. During off peak times i.e. weekdays, during school term time, you are welcome to arrive any time before the last admission time.

  • What happens if I'm late?

    You can arrive at any time within your chosen timeslot, but if you cannot make this allotted time, the admissions team will try their best to accommodate you in the next available timeslot.

    Please be aware that timeslots on the day may be fully booked and this cannot always be guaranteed.

  • How do I pre-book for the Magic Garden/Maze?

    The Magic Garden entry is included in your admission ticket (members go free). Magic Garden or Maze only tickets are not available.

    We are having to strictly enforce a maximum stay of 90 minutes for all our visitors, including Members, to the Magic Garden. With such a reduced capacity, it is the fairest way for everyone to get a chance to play and enjoy the area.

    Please note we cannot guarantee entry to the Magic Garden, it is operated on a strictly first come, first served basis and queueing at busy times is highly likely. This includes members.

     

  • Can I get a discount as a member of the military?

    We offer a 30% discount to holders of a valid MOD90 card, the Defence Discount card, or the MOD Certificate of Eligibility at our London palaces. 

    How much are tickets? 

    MOD Adult: £18.30 / MOD Child: £9.10 / MOD Family 1: £31.90 / MOD Family 2: £50.10 

    A MOD family ticket will allow entrance for 1 military personnel, 1 additional adult and up to 3 children. A MOD family 1 ticket with allow entrance for 1 military personnel and up to 3 children without the additional adult.   

    Unless otherwise stated, these prices are valid from March 2022 and subject to our Terms & Conditions 

    What do I need to do next?   

    Discounted tickets can only be bought at the palace on the day of your visit. Simply show your proof of eligibility at the ticket office and we will be happy to offer the reduced rate.  

  • Who is entitled to the concession rate?
    • Student: You are entitled to a concession rate ticket if you are over the age of 16 and in full time education. You are required to show a current student identification card once on site to validate the discounted price. International students are entitled to this rate if they also meet these requirements with a valid id card.
    • 65+ years: You are entitled to a concession rate ticket if you are 65 or over. You may be required to show an identification card (with your date of birth) once on site to validate the discounted price. International visitors are entitled to this rate if they also meet these requirements of proof of age.
  • How do I book a free carers ticket?

    Those with a registered disability are entitled to a free carers ticket. 

    Complimentary adult carer tickets can be obtained on the day of your visit upon presentation of proof of registered disability (such as a Blue Badge, Freedom Pass, DLA letter or PIP letter).

    The access page has further detail on what to expect during your visit.

  • Can I use my London Pass?

    London Pass holders need to bring their Pass with them to show our Palace Hosts team on arrival on the day of your visit.

    Separate terms and conditions apply. 

  • I have another third party voucher – how do I use it to visit?

    Third party vouchers cannot be redeemed on the Historic Royal Palaces website, and you will need to contact the voucher provider to make your booking for you. Tickets purchased through a third party provider are subject to the Terms and Conditions of that company and you would need to contact them directly to discuss your booking or request further information about the offer.

  • Can I exit the site and come back in?

    Visitors can exit the site and come back in as long as they show their ticket(s) to Palace Hosts at either West Gate or at the entrance to The Rose Garden.

  • Can I still visit The Wilderness, The Tiltyard Café, The Rose Garden and The Kitchen Garden free of charge?

    All of these parts of the gardens are now within the pay boundary and a palace admission ticket must be purchased to access these areas.

  • I am fundraising - can I get complimentary tickets?

    As Historic Royal Palaces is a charity, we receive no funding from the Government or the Crown, so we depend on the support of our visitors, members, donors, volunteers and sponsors.  We are unable to support other fundraising activities with complimentary tickets.

  • How do I use my Blue Peter badge?

    To use your Blue Peter badge, please bring the badge, card and proof of age to show our Admissions team on arrival. As children are only able to use a Blue Peter badge when accompanied by an adult, please book the paid tickets you require in advance, selecting the palace you’d like to visit and clicking the ‘Buy tickets’ option in the top right corner. Whilst we cannot pre-book these free spaces, we will admit Blue Peter badge holders on the same timeslot as your pre-booked ticket(s) and will not ask your party to split up.

At the palaces

  • Is there parking on-site?

    Yes, limited parking is available on-site but cannot be pre-booked. It costs £1.60 per hour. Pay for your parking with card only. Please note the parking machines are touch screen and sanitiser dispensers are next to machines. Alternatively, you can use the Gilde app.

    Disabled parking

    There are 9 disabled parking bays available on site. Parking on site is free for Blue Badge holders. On the rare occasion that these bays are full, disabled visitors are welcome to park in any other space as long as their Blue Badge is displayed.

  • Will there be toilets open?

    Toilets are available in the following locations:

    • Wilderness
    • Base Court
    • Fountain Court
    • The Kitchen Garden

    All toilets have disabled access.

  • Are wheelchairs and mobility scooters available?

    Wheelchairs and electric buggies are available. Please note that electric buggies are for outdoor use only.

  • Are the cafés and gift shop open?

    The Tiltyard Cafe is open with indoor and outdoor seating. You can choose from a variety of food and drink including barista-style coffees, teas, pastries, cookies, muffins, cakes, along with light lunch options.

    The Wilderness Kiosk is open at weekends and school holidays, serving ice creams, snacks, teas and filter coffees.  The Privy Kitchen Café is open from 11.00-15.00 daily.

    You can shop online for gifts and souvenirs or visit our onsite shops.

  • Can I bring my own food?

    Picnics are allowed in the Palace Gardens.

  • Can I take my dog with me to the palace gardens?

    Dogs are not permitted within the palace, courtyards or gardens unless they are registered assistance dogs. Even small dogs are not to be taken inside the palace. Dogs kept on a short lead are able to be walked on the West Front only. We welcome all registered assistance dogs, even those in training. Please bring the dog’s 'Assistance Dog’s (UK)’ identification book (or the appropriate international equivalent) with you.
    Unfortunately, due to conservation concern and the nature of items on display, we do not allow emotional support animals to enter the palace at this time.
    Do not leave dogs in your car.

  • How long should I allow for my visit?

    You are able to spend as much time as you like for your visit, dependent on your entry time.

  • Where can I leave my bag while visiting the palace?

    Lockers are available on site to store bags or luggage. These are located in the Buggy Store in Clock Court.

  • What extra safety measures will be taken at your sites to ensure visitors and staff are protected?

    We will:

    • Provide clear signage for staff and visitors.
    • In some cases, where space is limited, e.g. shops / security checks, we will use screens to protect visitors and staff. Where appropriate, our staff will also be provided with PPE.
    • Provide hand sanitiser dispensers for visitors at all entrance points, in our shops and cafes. All staff will be issued with detailed guidance on maintaining high standards of hygiene and this guidance will also be available in public areas to ensure visitors maintain the same standards.
    • Implement a frequent and comprehensive cleaning regime.
  • Will your staff be wearing PPE?

    Where appropriate – particularly where closer contact with members of the public is required – our staff will be issued with PPE, or may be working behind screens, for their protection and to protect our visitors.  All staff working ‘on the floor’ will be provided with gloves and the option of using a facemask.

  • I think I left some property behind, how do I retrieve it?

    If you lose something during your visit please contact the nearest member of staff. Alternatively, contact [email protected] and we’ll do our best to try to reunite you with your property.

  • Are the objects and paintings real, and can I touch them?

    The objects and paintings on display in the Palace are real, valuable and delicate. Any handling of them is strictly prohibited to ensure the conservation of these historic pieces. Please do not touch them, and take care with your personal items such as buggies. You may be asked to carry backpacks at your side or store them in our locker facilities.

  • What is the dress code at the palace?

    There is no specific dress code for visitors to Hampton Court Palace. We do ask that you dress respectfully as families are likely to be present. If there are offensive slogans or other clothing items deemed to be inappropriate you may be approached by a member of staff. Please note we do not allow visitors (adult or child) to be in costume at Hampton Court Palace. There are costumed interpreters and guides on site, and to avoid confusion for other visitors please refrain from dressing in costume. 

Other

  • I'm visiting with young children - what do I need to know?

    I'mBuggies and pushchairs are permitted in the palace and gardens, but a buggy park is located in Clock Court if you prefer to leave it during your visit.

    Cycling, scooters, balls, frisbees and roller-blades are not permitted in any part of the pay boundary.

  • Can I take photos in the palace?

    You are welcome to take non-commercial photographs (without the use of flash) within most of the palace with the exception of the Chapel Royal, the Cumberland Art Gallery and temporary exhibitions. Some additional items or imagery may be prohibited from being photographed and this will be clearly signposted, or ask a member of staff if you are unsure. The use of tripods and selfie-sticks is prohibited. Images of the palace are available for sale from our Photographic Library. Requests for commercial photography, filming or sketching should be made in advance. 

  • Can I have a wedding/engagement photo-shoot at the palace/in the gardens?

    Wedding and engagement photography is available exclusively to our brides and grooms. 

  • How do I get more information on the displayed collections?

    For general information browse History and Stories and What's on. For detailed information relating to the collections on display, email [email protected]

  • Can my dog be off the lead in Home Park?

    Dogs can be off the lead in Home Park except during the following dates:

    01 May until 31 July dogs MUST be on leads in all areas of Home Park.

    During this season female deer are most vulnerable when they are carrying and giving birth to young. Female deer hide their young in long grass to conceal them from dogs and other perceived predators. Having your dog on a lead will reduce the risk of your dog coming close to an area where fawns are hidden.

    We kindly ask that visitors observe the following to help us protect the welfare of the deer during this time:

    • Keep at least 50 metres away from the deer
    • Clean up after your dog
    • Keep out of the long grass and stay on the mown paths

    Owners of dogs who chase wildlife in the park could face prosecution. Thank you for your support.