Guided tours

A bespoke experience, tailored to your interests

A bespoke experience, tailored to your interests


Open (pre-booking)

Ticketing information

Guided tours are available during palace opening times.

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.


Separate ticket

Buy Hampton Court Palace tickets

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. 


Rooftop tours

Rooftop tours will return in spring 2022

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.

“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."

Shelia, 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.

Important information

  • We require a minimum of 3 weeks’ notice to arrange a guided tour as our guides are not on site every day.
  • 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.
  • When booking admission tickets, please select a timeslot that will allow sufficient time for your guided tour. The last timeslot of the day, 14.30, is only suitable for a 90 minute tour. 
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.


Hampton Court Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Blind person touching the King's Stairs Tijou bannisters.
Tours and talks

Experience history where it happened with our escorted visit service, available for blind or partially sighted visitors.

Cancelled until further notice

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 tour: Cancelled until further notice

Hampton Court Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)