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Changing Times

At Hampton Court Palace

At Hampton Court Palace

Great change is coming. Henry VIII's reign has ended and a young king has ascended the throne. Alliances are uncertain and new ideas and fashions are transforming how people live and understand the world.

Join the group of interesting people who have gathered at the palace from far and wide. Mingle with crafty courtiers trying to get on and survive. Converse with skilled painters earning their wage and learn from wise travellers as they share their stories and navigate their way through these times of change.

A series of 15 minute performances will repeat across the day in the Tudor State Apartments, with opportunities to meet characters around the palace outside of the performances. Please see the signage onsite for detailed timings.

The event is created in partnership with Andrew Ashmore & Associates.


Until 19 July 2024

11:00 - 15:45

Ticketing information

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Tickets and prices


The End of an Era 

Clock Court - 11:00 and 14:00 (15 minutes)

King Henry VIII's reign has ended and his young son Edward VI is newly crowned. New beliefs and shifting loyalties are transforming people's lives. Find out what these changes mean for a painter, ambitious aristocrat and a mysterious lady!

Travel Broadens the Mind

Great Watching Chamber - 11:45 and 14:45 (15 minutes)

Meet Ismail, a wise and learned traveller, and hear his story of exploring Europe. Discover how two ladies also made life-changing journeys.



  • Families
  • Events
  • Half term

Horrible Histories Live on Stage!

Join us this May half term for Horrible Histories - Rotten Royals! See the much-loved books brought to life at Henry VIII's famous palace.  

  • 25 May – 01 June 2024
  • 12:00 and 15:00 daily.
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Separate ticket (advance booking required)
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  • Families
  • Events

Henry VIII's Joust

Experience the thrill of the Tudor joust as the country's greatest knights battling it out at Hampton Court Palace.

  • 13-14 and 20-21 July 2024
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
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  • Things to see

Henry VIII's Kitchens

Transport yourself back to the heyday of Tudor feasting and entertainment in Henry VIII's Kitchens at Hampton Court Palace.

  • Open
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
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Henry VIII, Terrible Tudor?

Who was the real Henry VIII?

Tudor food and eating

Royal food and table manners at the Tudor court

Life at the Tudor court

In the Tudor period, a monarch’s home was centre of the nation

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