Meet the wives of King Henry VIII

Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived

Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived

When

  • 07 May - 02 June 2019
Daily at various times

Ticketing information

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Explore the palace, meet the King's wives and hear their story

History has told the story of Henry VIII's wives, and for the first time, this is your chance to question two of the women behind his throne.

Pick up a daily programme and palace map at the Information Centre and start exploring the palace. Look out for the timed activities listed below that will take place in Clock Court and Henry VIII's Apartments. 

You will discover the women's lives before, during, and after they were married to King Henry VIII, and their roles in shaping the Tudor monarchy and the history of England.

Image: Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

A portrait of Katherine of Aragon, wearing an English gable hood and a red gown.

Daily activities

Henry’s Future

King Henry VIII discusses his future with his Astronomer. Find out more about his marriages and choices.

When: 12:45 and 15:30 (20 mins)
Where: Great Watching Chamber

An audience with two wives of King Henry VIII

Choose which of the two wives to follow, and find out more about her life, before, during, and after Henry.

When: 11:15 and 14:15 (15 mins)
Where: The Great Hall

Question Time

For the first time at Hampton Court Palace, question two of King Henry VIII’s wives. What are they most proud of? Do they have any regrets? If they could make different choices, would they?

When: 11:30 and 14:30 (up to 30 mins)
Where: The Great Hall

Meet the Expert 

Who knows the most about being a Tudor VIP? Find out from King Henry VIII, or one of his wives!

When: 13:45 (20 mins)
Where: Great Watching Chamber

Illustration of the Tudor west gate of Hampton Court Palace with a giant Lindt gold bunny in the foreground. Henry VIII stands on the left of the image.
Families

Join the Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt around the palace and gardens and enjoy some springtime family fun.

06-22 April 2019

Kensington Palace

10:00-18:00

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Historic cooks preparing food in Henry VIII's Kitchens
Things to see Highlights

Visit King Henry VIII's Kitchens and experience cooking a feast for the King and his court.

25 May - 01 September 2019

Hampton Court Palace

Drop-in daily 10:00-17:00

Included in palace admission (members go free)

A music festival takes place in front of a huge crowd within the Tudor courtyard of Hampton Court Palace
Events

A series of open-air summer concerts in the spectacular and iconic Tudor courtyard at Hampton Court Palace.

06-22 June 2019

Hampton Court Palace

Separate ticket (advanced booking required)