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Historic Cookery

Discover Henry VIII's Kitchens in the 16th Century

Discover Henry VIII's Kitchens in the 16th Century

Join our history cooks each weekend this year and discover what life working in the royal kitchens was like in the 16th century.

Built to feed over 450 people twice a day, the kitchens at Hampton Court were staffed by 200 people, toiling away to cook two meals each day that the Court was in the building.

Come and find out what it took to create Tudor dishes from robust roasts and stews, to delicate confectionery sweets; and see how the cooks created recipes fit for the royal court.

Each weekend you’ll have the opportunity to try your hand at roasting, Tudor style, and see if you have what it took to work as a tournebroche in Henry VIII's kitchens, turning the meat in front of the roaring fires.

If roasting isn’t for you, then there’ll be a selection of other dishes being created for you to discover. Perhaps you’ll take some tips away with you for creating your own Tudor feast at home?


Until 31 March 2024 (weekends)


Ticketing information

Tudor Cookery and Roasting will take place every weekend until 31 March 2024.

Please check palace opening times for the day of your visit.

Included in palace admission (members go free)

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Important information

Our historic cooks follow original recipes, use original techniques and replicas of historic kitchen tools while attempting to show how Henry VIII’s kitchens worked in the past.

The fire in the kitchen is real and is hot and as with a modern kitchen, the tools being used may cause injury if misused or mishandled. Please remember that surfaces may not appear hot, and tools may not appear sharp. We are keen for you to enjoy an authentic and hands on visit to the kitchens, but please ask before touching items that the cooks are using and follow any safety instructions they, or our Palace Hosts may give.
Please ensure children are supervised at all times while visiting the kitchens.

Many historic recipes contain ingredients now known to be allergens. While every attempt is made to reduce their use, and while none are available for consumption, please note that these demonstrations may include the use and processing of almond (Nuts), flour (Wheat), Eggs, Mustard, Oats, Fish, Molluscs, and dried fruits (Sulphites).

Young family playing with jugs and cups in Henry VIII's Kitchen installations.
Young boy and live interpreter lifting a wicker basket with food for interactive sessions in the Henry VIII Kitchens.
A Tudor cook prepares food in Henry VIII's Kitchens at Hampton Court Palace in front of a lit fire.


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Christmas Festivities

Celebrate Christmas at Hampton Court Palace with historical Tudor cookery and music.

  • 01-03 and 08-10 December, daily from 16 December - 01 January 2024 (Excluding 24-26 December)
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  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
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Kitchen Garden

Experience the recreated Kitchen Garden, which would have fed the Georgian royals and now supplies Henry VIII's Kitchens.

  • Open
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Included in gardens admission (members go free)
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Great Hall

Experience the splendour of the Tudor court in Henry VIII's Great Hall, complete with his magnificent tapestries.

  • Open
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  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
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Henry VIII's food factory, preparing up to 1,000 meals a day

The Field of Cloth of Gold

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The gardens at Hampton Court Palace

A brief history of the famous royal gardens

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