Real tennis explainer sessions

Learn more about Henry VIII's favourite sport and get hands-on with the unique equipment

Learn more about Henry VIII's favourite sport and get hands-on with the unique equipment


  • 16-21 July 2019
Start times listed in the daily programme available upon arrival

Ticketing information

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Discover more about real tennis and gain rare access to our historic court in this series of explainer sessions held in the Royal Tennis Courts.

Taking place before every match of The Real Tennis Champions Trophy, these 30-minute sessions will include talks by club professionals and interactive handling sessions.

Learn more about the history of this fast-paced, exciting sport, which kings such as Henry VIII have played at Hampton Court Palace for hundreds of years, and get a feel for the unique balls and racquets.

You can even have a go at hitting a few balls yourself.

Catch a glimpse of the matches in the Tennis Court corridor or watch a live stream in the Undercroft (Information Centre). 

Real Tennis World Champion, Camden Riviere, competing in 2017 Real Tennis Champions Trophy at the Royal Tennis Court.

See the favourite sport of Henry VIII played out on the historic tennis court at Hampton Court Palace.

15-21 July 2019

Hampton Court Palace

Separate ticket (advanced booking required)

The Royal Tennis Court in 2016 after conservation, looking south-west along the Middle Border towards the East Front. The Royal Tennis Court stands under a bright blue summer sky.
Things to see

Learn more about the favourite game of Henry VIII at the Royal Tennis Courts at Hampton Court Palace.

Open daily

Hampton Court Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Two shire horses pull a tram, also known as a charabanc carriage, outside the baroque exterior of Hampton Court Palace
Tours and talks

Meet Henry VIII's Great Shire Horses and enjoy a tram ride through 500 years of history at Hampton Court Palace.

Selected dates in April-November 2019

Hampton Court Palace


Separate ticket

Historic Royal Palaces retail product- Queen Anne Boleyn merchandise

Shop Anne Boleyn gifts

Shop our unique collection of Anne Boleyn books, jewellery and gifts. Anne Boleyn's letter jewellery, including her 'B' necklace and 'AB' brooch, are believed to have been passed down to her daughter Elizabeth I.

From £9.99

Henry VIII pewter tankard

Henry VIII pewter tankard

Made from Sheffield pewter, this polished pint tankard features Henry VIII on one side and a brief history of Hampton Court Palace on the other.


Henry VIII knight in shining armour hanging decoration. Handmade using traditional techniques this luxury hanging decoration features Henry VIII in his arms and armour

Henry VIII knight in shining armour hanging decoration

Take home your very own knight in shining armour with this Henry VIII hanging decoration.