October half term ghost trail

Updated 19 December: In line with the latest government guidance, Hampton Court Palace and gardens will be closed from 20 December until further notice. Please note this also includes the ice rink and Magic Garden.


24 October to 1 November

Ticketing information

Trails are available onsite.

Included in palace admission (members go free)

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Ghostly encounters and creepy stories

Visit Hampton Court Palace this half term if you dare! The palace has reputedly been the site of many strange and spine tingling encounters over the centuries. Come and discover some of the strange happenings which have given Hampton Court Palace its spooky reputation. 

There are tales of ghostly animals, a robed figure and sightings of a woman drifting through the Haunted Gallery. 

Bring the family to the palace this half term and join our spooktacular ghostly trail. Everyone is encouraged to come in their best scary Halloween costumes and share a selfie with us on Facebook and Instagram! #palacephoto



Are there really ghosts at Hampton Court Palace?

There are seven eerie, ghostly tales to discover.

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Ghost trail
An early postcard depicting a 'ghost' in the Horn Room.
The ghost is that of King Henry VIII's fifth wife, Catherine Howard. Charged with adultery, the young queen was placed under house arrest at Hampton Court. The story goes that she managed to escape from her rooms and run to the Chapel where the King was at Mass. Before she was able to reach him, she was seized by the guards and dragged screaming back to her rooms. It is said that her ghost still haunts the palace today.