We didn't want to spend too much time out of London on our first time visit to London, but wanted to see a little countryside, so after reading the reviews on TA and my fascination of Henry VIII over the years Hampton Court Palace was the perfect choice. We traveled out on the underground to Wimbleton Station where we changed to the National Rail Service, from the Hampton Court station it is a short 5 minute walk over the Thames River to the entrance of the Palace.
Included in the entrance fee is an audio guide, which is very useful to get a better understanding of the palace and its many rooms. There are plenty of written descriptions throughout the palace: The Great Hall, State rooms, the kitchen room, Royal Chapel and the private apartments. After our visit to the palace it was time for lunch, rather than eating at the palace cafe, we decided to head back into the village for a hotel meal at the Prince of Wales Hotel, and have a brief look around the village before heading back to the palace gardens. We were there at the start of April, the gardens were simply stunning, great design, well kept, nice water features, it was such a delight to wander around the gardens like king and queen. The visit to Hampton Court Palace from London was easily done on our own, my only tip is to check and jot down the times for the return train journeys, making sure the connections are as few as possible. http://journeyplanner.tfl.gov.uk/user/XSLT_TRIP_REQUEST2?language=en
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