Good Queen Bess

Life and dress in Elizabeth’s England

Life and dress in Elizabeth’s England

When

Start date: 06 January 2020
End date: 14 February 2020

Daily at various times

Ticketing information


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Explore the palace and discover how people at court lived and dressed during Elizabeth I's reign

Guided tour of the State Apartments

Hampton Court is buzzing with the news that Queen Elizabeth I may visit! Join her courtiers as they prepare, and explore how life in the palace changed between the reigns of King Henry VIII and his daughter, Queen Elizabeth I.

Monday to Friday
Time: 11:45, 13:15 & 14:45
Duration: 30 mins
Location: Meet in Base Court

Saturday and Sunday
Time: 12:30 & 15:00
Duration: 30 mins
Location: Meet in Base Court

*This route uses stairs. If you have a mobility issue, please ask our staff for the lift route to the Great Hall. 

Dressing for Queen Elizabeth I’s Court 

How do you dress for Queen Elizabeth I’s Court? Meet our costumed interpreters to see and discover more about Elizabethan dress and fashions.

Saturday and Sunday (only available from 11 January – 09 February) 
Time: 11:30 & 14:00
Duration: 30 mins
Location: The Great Watching Chamber*

*If you have a mobility issue, please ask our staff for the lift route to the Queen's Guard Room.

Elizabeth I interpreter

Meet & greet

Look out for opportunities to bump into our presenters in Elizabethan costume throughout the day.

Various times and locations on the Tudor route

Henry VIII (1491-1547) June 1526-June 1527, by LUCAS HORENBOUT (C. 1490/5-1544)
Things to see

Immerse yourself in Tudor history as we reunite stunning works of art, gold, weapons, manuscripts and clothing from the Field of Cloth of Gold, Henry VIII's legendary encounter with his great rival François I of France.

10 April - 31 August 2020

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The Lost Dress of Elizabeth I exhibition, showing curator Eleri Lynn looking at the Bacton Altar Cloth in a case. The Rainbow Portrait hangs in the background of the green exhibition space.
Things to see Highlights

See the Bacton Altar Cloth, a rare survival of Elizabethan dress worn by Elizabeth I, and the iconic Rainbow Portrait at Hampton Court Palace.

12 October 2019 - 23 February 2020

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A family of two women, a boy and a girl look around them in Base Court of Hampton Court Palace
Families

Your adventure awaits! Explore Hampton Court Palace together with one of our activity trails.

Available daily

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