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Weekend Historic Cookery

Tudor cookery in the kitchens of Henry VIII

Tudor cookery in the kitchens of Henry VIII

Join us this summer and autumn in the kitchens of King Henry VIII at Hampton Court Palace and discover what life was like on the lower rankings of the court ladder in the 16th century.

Discover historic cookery in the kitchens

Explore Henry VIII’s bustling Kitchens with our historic kitchens team and find out more about the types of food fit for a King.. or a skowerer.

Talk to our team of expert historical cooks and take home ideas for your own Tudor feast, or even a summer barbecue, and find out the fine dining manners and etiquette employed by those desperate to climb the social ladder at court.


Weekends and bank holidays from 15 June*

10:00 - 16:00

Ticketing information

Each Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday from 15 June to 15 December 2024

*Excludes 26/27 October and 2/3 November. Please check palace opening times for the day of your visit.

Included in palace admission (members go free)

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Young family playing with jugs and cups in Henry VIII's kitchen installations.
Visitors explore Henry VIII's Kitchens after re-interpretation in 2018.

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).

Visitors explore Henry VIII's Kitchens after re-interpretation in 2018.

Access Information

Henry VIII Kitchens include sound and light effects. Historic cookery will be presented by staff in historic costume.


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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 in line with palace opening hours.
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  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
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  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
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From £4.00

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From £10.00

Medieval armour - gauntlets

Gauntlets inspired by Gothic armour popular during the late 15th century. Fully articulated and constructed from polished steel.