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Members-Only Preview Day: The Tudor World

In the Wolsey Rooms, Hampton Court Palace

In the Wolsey Rooms, Hampton Court Palace

On this members-only preview day, be among the first to explore the re-opening of the oldest rooms at Hampton Court Palace: The Wolsey Rooms, including a brand-new route.

The Wolsey Rooms were originally built for Thomas Wolsey, Henry VIII's chief minister, when he owned Hampton Court in the 1520s. Explore his world and the events of the early years of Henry VIII's reign. The route also shines a light on the ordinary men and women who enabled the Tudor court to exist and flourish. 

This remarkable story of an ambitious royal dynasty is told through rare and important 16th-century artworks and historic objects, as well as interactive displays. Find out about the achievements of the Tudors, and the impact of their rule in an age of great change. 

Learn more about The Tudor World in the Wolsey Rooms.


The Tudor World displays are shown across two floors; we anticipate they will take approximately 30 minutes to explore. There is an accessible step-free ground floor display and a first floor display. The first floor display is accessed via a spiral staircase. Lift access is available up four steep steps. Learn more about access at the palace or email us with any accessibility concerns at [email protected]

Header image: The Field of the Cloth of Gold, c1545. Royal Collection Trust / © His Majesty King Charles III 2024


11 July 2024

10:00 - 17:30 (last entry 16:30)

Ticketing information

This preview day will take place on 11 July; please note that it was originally scheduled for 23 May. 

Members go free.

All attendees must be named Historic Royal Palaces members holding a valid membership. This is not a ticketed event, simply present your membership card at the entrance to the route to gain admittance.


An illustration of a man wearing a red cloak and hat over a white shift, depicted on a wooden panel

Image: Thomas Wolsey, c1840-5. © Historic Royal Palaces

Portrait inscribed "Rossa Femme De Soliman Empereur Des Turcs" depicting a woman wearing an elaborate headdress. She wears a jewelled crown surmounted with white linen, which hangs down her back. A peacock feather adorns the front. Her rich red dress covered with a white linen stomacher and blue bodice have gold-jewelled facings with a ruby brooch at her breast.

Image: 'Rossa', 17th century. Royal Collection Trust / © His Majesty King Charles III 2024

A portrait of a woman wearing  a full length floral dress, with pearls attached to her wrist and a pendant with a miniature around her neck.

Image: Tudor Woman in a Persian Dress, by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger, c1590-1600. Royal Collection Trust / © His Majesty King Charles III 2024


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