Horrible Histories Live on Stage FAQs

Horrible Histories at Hampton Court Palace

Horrible Histories at Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace will be closed on Friday 07 May and Wednesday 19 May 2021.

General information

Who is this show aimed at?
This show is aimed at families with children aged between 7 and 14.

Can children watch the show without parental supervision?
We cannot let children watch the show without the supervision of an accompanying adult.

Can I attend without children?
Yes you can!

How long is each show?
Each show will last for approximately one hour with no interval.

Tickets and prices

How much will a ticket cost?
Tickets for the show cost £14 for an adult and £8 for a child. All children will need a Horrible Histories tickets with the exception of young babies under 18 months who can be carried and will sit on an adult’s lap.

What does my Horrible Histories ticket include?

A Horrible Histories ticket only includes entry to your selected Horrible Histories performance and does not include access to any other parts of the palace or gardens including The Magic Garden.

What extra safety measures do you have in place to protect visitors at this event?
Historic Royal Palaces is closely following the latest government advice and guidance in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  The safety of our visitors and staff is our highest priority.

There will be:

  • Clearly marked and socially distanced seating squares for individual households or bubbles within the performance area.
  • Clear signage to facilitate social distancing for staff and visitors.
  • A one-way system will be in place throughout the seating area of the event in order to facilitate social distancing.
  • A member of staff will be positioned at the entry and exit point of the performance area to help facilitate maintaining social distancing. Further members of staff will be positioned within the performance area to oversee social distancing and answer any questions.
  • We have reduced the capacity for Horrible Histories this year to allow for social distancing.

Visit our Keeping you safe on your visit page for further information.

Will I be able to upgrade my show tickets to include the Palace and Gardens?
Yes! If you would like to upgrade your tickets to include entry to Hampton Court Palace then you can either do so in advance by calling 0333 320 6000 or by taking your Horrible Histories ticket to a Ticket Office at Hampton Court Palace (please note that palace capacity is limited so upgrades on the day may not be possible).

By purchasing a combined ticket you will be able to save money on a ticket to the Palace and gardens.*

  • A combined Adult ticket is just £32 (This includes Horrible Histories performance plus entry to Hampton Court Palace).
  • A combined Child ticket is just £18 (This includes Horrible Histories performance plus entry to Hampton Court Palace).

*Please note entry to the Palace is timed and you will need to select a time to attend. This is not the time of the Horrible Histories performance so please ensure when booking that the timings do not clash.

If I am an HRP member do I still need to book a timed palace entry ticket?
Yes! We are having to safely manage visitor numbers at Hampton Court Palace in line with government guidelines so all visitors are required to book a palace timeslot in advance.

Will I need to wear a mask while watching the show?
As the event is outside you are not required to wear a mask however, we ask that you please bring one with you for use in internal spaces such as toilets.

Can I buy additional tickets on the day?
You may be able to buy additional Horrible Histories tickets on the day, subject to availability. It is advised that you pre-book all your tickets in order to avoid disappointment. As the event capacity has been reduced this year due to social distancing, it is likely shows will sell-out in advance.

Where can I purchase a ticket?
You can purchase a ticket online by visiting www.hrp.org.uk/hampton-court-palace/whats-on/horrible-histories-live-on-stage. Tickets are also available by calling 0333 320 6000 but due to reduced staffing our customer service team may not be able to take your call straight away so we ask you to book online where possible.


Show information

How long before the show can I enter the Horrible Histories Performance Area?
The Horrible Histories performance areas will be open one hour before the show begins, we kindly ask that you do not arrive any earlier so that we can safely manage visitor numbers across our estate in line with the current government guidelines.

What happens if it rains?
The Horrible Histories performers are on a covered stage and so if it rains the show will go ahead. The show will only be cancelled if weather conditions put the health and safety of the performers, visitors and staff at risk. Please check the website before leaving if the weather looks bad on the day you’re booked to see Horrible Histories.

Please ensure you bring appropriate clothing for the weather conditions. Please note that umbrellas are prohibited during the performance as they can restrict the view of the stage for others.

What should I wear?
Please dress appropriately for weather conditions on the day. This is an outdoor show seated directly on grass and runs for an hour. There is no cover available in the case of rain and very limited shade on the site. Also please note that the grass may be damp and so waterproof shoes might be preferable.

Can I bring something to sit on?
Yes, please bring your own blankets and cushions into the outdoor theatre space. Please do not bring folding chairs with you as they can restrict the view of the stage for others. There will be cushions to hire onsite for the duration of the performance. These are priced at £1.50 per cushion or 4 for £5. Contactless is preferred as the method of payment.

Can I bring my own food into the show with me?
Yes! Please feel free to bring your own picnic to the show.
Glass bottles are allowed, however drinking glasses are not permitted. Please use plastic, shatterproof drinking cups and recycle your bottles after use.

Can I buy food and drink during the show?
Yes! There will be a catering tent located at the back of the site that will serve a variety of snack, drinks and light meals amongst other things. In addition, there are also other cafés onsite at Hampton Court Palace and more information can be found on our Eating at Hampton Court Palace page.

What is in place for those with access requirements?
The Horrible Histories Performance Area is fully accessible; however please be aware it is a grassed terrain. Please make us aware of any access requirements when booking by e-mailing [email protected] so we can ensure that you have the best experience possible.

Both performances on Wednesday 2 June will have a British Sign Language interpreter.

For more information, please visit our palace accessibility page.

Will any theatrical effects be used?
Yes, there will be some loud sound effects occurring during the show.

Will I have seen this before?
Terrible Tudors was last at Hampton Court Palace in 2016 and was performed at the Tower of London in 2019.

Can I take photographs or use video?
You are welcome to take photographs providing these are for personal use. Please refrain from video recording the performance.

Are dogs allowed?
Only registered and recognisable assistance, service or guide dogs are allowed inside Hampton Court Palace and in the gardens. This is the same for the Horrible Histories Performance Area.

Can I leave my dog anywhere while I watch the show or visit the palace?
There are no facilities for dogs to be left while their owners visit the palace and they should not be left in cars in the palace car park (owners of any animals left in cars are libel to prosecution under the Animal Welfare Act and we are obliged to call the police to parked vehicles containing animals, especially dogs). However, you are very welcome to walk your dog in those areas of the palace gardens that do not require an entrance ticket, and in Home Park. Please keep your dog on a short lead, stick to the paths and remove any dog litter.

What is the policy regarding smoking?
Please refrain from smoking both normal cigarettes and e-cigarettes in the Horrible Histories Performance Area; it is a no smoking zone. You are permitted to smoke in other parts of the gardens.


Facilities and parking

Will there be toilet facilities?
The closest toilet facilities are in the Wilderness. Please ask a member of staff for directions, if needed. You will be required to wear a mask when entering the toilets.

Where can I leave my buggy during the show?
We ask that buggies are not taken into the Horrible Histories seating area as they may restrict the view of other guests. We will provide a space for buggies to be parked next to the Horrible Histories Performance area.

Where can I park?
On-site parking at Hampton Court Palace is limited and on a first come, first served basis and charged at £1.60 per hour. In the likely event that the on-site car park is full, overflow parking will be provided on Hampton Court Green. This will be operated by a third party and is charged at a daily rate of £8 per car. Where possible we encourage visitors to use public transport to visit us. Visit our Getting here page for more information about parking onsite and other local car parks.

The palace car park has nine disabled parking spaces for blue badge holders. They are available on a first come first served basis. Parking is currently free for blue badge holders parked in the disabled bays.

What other facilities are available on site?
There are cafes available onsite offering a wide range of food and drink. 

There are also shopping options available at Hampton Court Palace.

More information

If you have any additional questions related to the Horrible Histories performance at Hampton Court Palace you can contact us by:

Email: [email protected]


How do I get to Hampton Court Palace?

For maps and detailed information about getting to the palace by train, bus, car, taxi, boat, coach or bicycle, visit our Getting Here page.