Guided tours

A bespoke experience, tailored to your interests

A bespoke experience, tailored to your interests

When

  • Daily - advanced booking required

Ticketing information

Private guided tours require advance booking and are not included in palace admission. A separate palace admission ticket is also required. 

Palace admission is free for Historic Royal Palaces Members.

Book a guided tour.

Separate ticket

For a truly memorable visit to Hampton Court Palace, book one of our friendly and knowledgeable guides for a private tour.

A bespoke guided tour can be tailored to your historical interests. Our guides can share fascinating stories and reveal scandalous secrets of Tudor, Georgian or grace and favour residents.

Starting from £132, private guided tours are the perfect way to make the most of your visit or celebrate a special occasion.

Guided tours can cover the highlights of the palace’s history, illuminating its changing status from the home of Henry VIII in the 16th century, to the home of grace and favour residents. Alternatively, tours can take you on special thematic routes such as:

  • Ghost stories and salacious secrets
  • Origins of the Baroque palace
  • Imprisonment of Charles I in the Tudor apartments

All of our guides are qualified at Institute of Tourist Guiding Level 2, which sets the gold standard for professional guiding. 

Book a guided tour.

Rooftop tours

Marvel at spectacular views of Hampton Court Gardens as you learn about the history of the palace with our rooftop tours. This special offer provides rare access to areas usually off-limits to visitors.

Experience a unique view of the historic formal gardens, and see if you can spot the iconic London skyline in the distance.

Important information

Rooftop tours last for one hour and are only available for those aged 12 years and above.

Due to the historic nature of the roof, groups size is restricted to a maximum of 15 people. Visitors must wear flat, enclosed footwear, and be able to walk up 109 steps to get to the roof.

A reconstruction of a Tudor ensemble detail, c1530s. Showing the bodice of a gold and white gown. The fabric is especially woven to replicate surviving Tudor fabrics.

Costumed private guided tours

For a more visual experience, consider hiring a guide in costume. Discover the history of the Tudor palace in the company of a noble lady or servant, or hear secrets of the Baroque palace from a resident.

“My favourite thing about guiding is the look of awe and enthusiasm on guests faces when you tell them a funny story or some fascinating facts about Hampton Court Palace."

Sheila, tour guide.

“One of the joys of giving guided tours at Hampton Court is the luxury of going into greater detail about some of the lesser known aspects of the palace’s vibrant and varied history."

David, tour guide.

Booking information

To book, please complete the booking form and return via email or post to:

Booking staff will be in touch to confirm your booking and take payment.

You can get in touch with booking staff if you have any enquiries or to arrange your guided tour over the phone.

Important information

  • Guided tours ideally require booking two weeks in advance, however our team make every effort to facilitate short notice bookings.
  • Guided tours can be delivered in English, French, German, Hungarian, Russian, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and BSL, subject to the availability of the required language speaker.
  • Palace admission tickets are required in addition to your guided tour booking. Palace admission is free for Historic Royal Palaces Members.
  • Don’t forget your palace admission ticket incudes an audio guide, the live interpretation and access to the Maze and Magic Garden.
Visitors walking in the Privy Garden
A visitor uses the DVG in Base Court at Hampton Court Palace
Tours and talks

Hold the stories of Hampton Court Palace in your hands and experience history where it happened with an audio guide tour.

Daily

Hampton Court Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

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 or try a digital mission.

Available daily

Hampton Court Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

British Sign Language (BSL) guide in the King's Guard Chamber of Hampton Court Palace explaining/guiding to a visitor
Tours and talks

Book a place on a British Sign Language (BSL) tour of Hampton Court Palace and discover its wonderful stories.

Next sessions: 14-15 September 2019

Hampton Court Palace

10:30-12:30, 13:30-15:30 and 16:00-17:00

Included in palace admission (members go free)