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Private Guided Tour of Hampton Court Palace
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Private Guided Tour of Hampton Court Palace

By Sheila Dunsmore
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Ages 0-120
Duration: 90–120 minutes
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Live guide: English
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  • Personal Tour with your own knowledgeable guide.
  • Sheila has worked at Hampton Court for 16 years
  • Sheila also takes tours for the Palace & Functions & Events
  • Sheila also specializes in Ghost, LGBTQ+ & Grace and Favour tours
  • Sheila has an EDI Level 3 Diploma in Cultural Heritage (learning & interpretation)
  • Sheila has a Level 2 Accreditation from the Institute of Tourist Guiding
What's not included
  • Entrance fee to Palace not included. Approx. £25 pp, concessions available, children under 5 free.
  • Food & Drink
  • Gratuities
  • Entry/Admission - Hampton Court Palace


Start:
  • Hampton Court Palace, Hampton Ct Way, Molesey, East Molesey KT8 9AU, UK
    West Gate - Main entrance (down drive) to Palace (not large gates by main road)
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 291212P1

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Most travellers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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      Hampton Court Palace
      Hampton Ct Way, Molesey, East Molesey KT8 9AU, UK
      West Gate - Main entrance (down drive) to Palace (not large gates by main road)
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    • 1
      Hampton Court Palace
      Stop: 4 hours - Admission excluded
      A comprehensive tour of Hampton Court palace tailored to your historic interests. I can also be in Tudor or Victorian authentic costume (note, no adults allowed in period costume). Children can wear what they like! I cover all aspects of the Palace's history including tales of Henry VIII, Ghostly stories, Grace & Favour, and all others who have lived there. You will see a Palace in two halves, half Tudor, half Baroque. Highlights include Henry's Great Hall, the Haunted Gallery, King Williams spectacular Staircase, Guard Chamber and the beautiful Versailles style gardens.
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    • Sheila Dunsmore
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      Joined in November 2020
    • Stephanie F
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      Incredible
      I highly recommend Sheila! Our attention never waned. We were riveted by her knowledge of the castle and its inhabitants. I had gone previously and used the audio guide. This private tour with Sheila was impressive.
      Written 30 December 2022
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    Paul H
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2023 • Couples
    My husband arranged a private tour with Sheila as a belated 60th birthday treat, as it’s something I’ve always wanted to do.

    I cannot recommend Sheila enough - we spent 3 1/2 hours going round the Palace & the time just flew by.

    Sheila is extremely knowledgeable & eloquent. She made life at the palace in Tudor times come to life, as well as telling us some really spooky & interesting tales.

    I absolutely loved my tour & can’t thank Sheila enough for taking me off the beaten track, as an extra treat.

    Written 7 December 2023
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    Hi Karen, Thank you for the wonderful review. It was my absolute pleasure , to take you and Paul around the Palace. You were so enthusiastic and knew so much already! I do hope the rest of your stay in the area was as enjoyable, and I do hope you have a lovely time at Hever Castle. Lovely pub near there called the King Henry VIII ( amazing roast). Regards Sheila
    Written 7 December 2023
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    Natasha B
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2023 • Friends
    We booked Sheila for a guided children’s Tudor tour at Hampton Court Palace during October half term for my daughter’s 7th birthday and it was absolutely fantastic!
    Shelia could not have been better informed, she pitched it all perfectly and was so knowledgable. The kids were completed transfixed from start to finish.
    We have visited Hampton Court a lot over the years, as I grew up nearby and we used to be members. My daughter is really into history at the moment, in particular Henry VIII. She wanted this has her party and it was easily the best trip we’ve ever had there.
    Sheila told us about the myths, the facts and answered all their (many!) questions, without moving off topic or loosing their interest seamlessly.
    Sheila e-mailed me before the tour to ask how gory to go and to gauge what we were after and from the minute we met her outside the Palace, we knew we were in safe hands.
    What a wonderful, informative and amazing way to experience the Palace and all that history.
    I cannot recommend Sheila enough!
    The children were still talking about the tour for days afterwards and any sleepless nights afterwards were due to the ghostly gouls that were in costume and character and put on my the Palace for half term and so realistic!
    A brilliant visit and perfect for a birthday party, if your child is into history as much as ours is!
    Thank you Sheila!
    Written 14 November 2023
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    Hi Natasha, Thank you for the wonderful review. It was pleasure to entertain Jessica and her friends, they were all so engaged and came out with very intelligent and amusing questions ,and answers to anything I asked them. They were all lots of fun to take on tour!! Regards Sheila
    Written 16 November 2023
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    David H
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2022
    Fabulous tour of Hampton Court with Sheila.
    Advertised as a 1.5-2.0 hour tour--hours was over 3.5 hours with never a dull moment.
    Sheila brought the history alive with multiple anecdotes of times yore and present.
    Would recommend her highly.
    Written 3 October 2022
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    Hi , Thank you for the fabulous review , it was my pleasure to entertain you all with the Palaces wonderful History. Regards Sheila
    Written 4 October 2022
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    Steph F
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2023 • Solo
    I was so looking forward to my tour of Hampton court and I was not disappointed. Sheila is an amazing guide. Her energy and enthusiasm for history is infectious and it made the tour the highlight of my trip. She tailored the tour to my interests and showed me all the details and secrets of the palace you would otherwise miss. She knew I had dedicated the day and spent the whole morning with me (longer than the booking) making sure to show me as much as possible. I think this shows how much passion she has for sharing her knowledge and ensuring you have a great experience. If you are thinking of visiting Hampton court, this is the way to go. Thanks so much Sheila.
    Written 24 August 2023
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    Hi Steph, How lovely of you to review my tour. I do remember you, I took you around on the 15th of June. I am soo happy your tour was memorable, and I really enjoyed taking you around as you were so enthusiastic. Many thanks again for the review and I do hope to see you again , if you ever venture over this way again. Regards Sheila
    Written 25 August 2023
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    Barb M
    Seattle, WA5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2022 • Family
    Sheila was fantastic! She has encyclopedic knowledge of history and clearly explains many stories — including a ghost story or two — that makes this castle so fascinating. She captivated my teen kids’ attention the entire time. There were many guides to choose from and am so glad I chose Sheila.
    Written 30 June 2022
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    Thank you for lovely review, enthusiastic guests like yourselves make my job soo easy and enjoyable . It was a pleasure taking you around and story telling for you! Enjoy the rest of your holiday. Regards Sheila
    Written 30 June 2022
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    Sally Ann G
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sept 2023 • Family
    My 12 year old grand daughter and I had a day out visiting Hampton Court Palace with Sheila Dunsmore as our Guide. What an amazing experience! Unforgettable indeed. Sheila was so welcoming. Such a lovely lady and so knowledgeable. Sheila tailored our tour according to my grand daughter’s knowledge and requests. Ever patient and kind, she took her time explaining the more obvious history, as well as fantastic stories from behind the scenes. This kept both of us fascinated from beginning to end. We plan to return. There was far too much to do and learn in one day. We will be rebooking Sheila, without a doubt. Thank you Sheila for bringing the world of the Tudors to life. You are a star!
    Written 17 October 2023
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    Hi SallyAnn, Thank you so much for taking the time ,to write me such a wonderful review. I do remember you and Kaitlyn, you were both so enthusiastic and Kaitlyn so knowledgeable. It was my absolute pleasure to entertain you both !! Regards Sheila
    Written 18 October 2023
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    Marion V
    Nanuet, NY118 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apr 2023
    We had a wonderful tour with Sheila Dunsmore! It was a great way to learn about Hampton Court , much better than an audio guide. She held our interest for over 3 hours. Since she had worked as a guide at the palace for 14 years, she had a wealth of information and fun stories (ghost). I would definitely recommend this tour! Best way to see the palace! Well worth the additional money!
    Written 22 April 2023
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    Hi Robert & Marion, Thank you the wonderful review, it was my absolute pleasure to take you on tour of the Palace. You were both so enthusiastic. I hope you managed to get to the Banqueting house? Regards Sheila
    Written 22 April 2023
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    Ben R
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2023
    We met Sheila at the entrance to the castle. She led us on a notably informative tour (that also led to "off the beaten path" discussions). By the end of the tour, we had a great sense of a bit of all of the awesome history about which we came to learn. We highly recommend her!
    Written 5 April 2023
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    Hi Ben, Bridget &family, Thank you for the lovely review. The best part for me of your tour, was getting to guide your very bright and gorgeous sons! They were so engaged and responsive , it really made my day! Regards Sheila
    Written 7 April 2023
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    ItaliaDreamer
    California23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sept 2023 • Friends
    If you are visiting Hampton Palace we highly recommend Sheila as your guide. She is extremely knowledgeable about all of the historic facts of the palace and the various individuals who called it home. Sheila is willing to tailor your visit to your interests. We were particularly interested in Henry VIII. I was amazed at the extent and depth of details she knew. I’ve read a bit about Henry thru the years, but learned tidbits that I had no idea about. Sheila has a passion for what she does and it clearly shines in her delivery. She was our favorite guide during our London visit. She was a delightful person, took her time and did not rush from one place to the next. Thank you Sheila! We enjoyed you, our tour and Hampton Palace.
    Written 9 October 2023
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    Hi Italia dreamer, I wish I had a name so I could remember the faces! However I am delighted that you took the time to review my tour, and also very pleased that you enjoyed it! I truly love what I do and it is always enhanced by meeting great people who enjoy the history of Hampton Court as much as o do! I hope the rest of your holiday is as enjoyable. Regards Sheila
    Written 9 October 2023
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    Tim R
    Pasadena, CA3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2022
    Sheila gave me a private tour of Hampton Court and I could not be happier that I had that experience. Sheila has an amazing depth of knowledge about the history of this very important place in English history. I primarily came to learn about the Tudor history laced into this landmark site but also learned a great deal about the Georgian historical aspects of this castle. For a history nerd like myself, Sheila couldn't have done a better job transporting me back in time and sharing with me such a vibrant and rich history of the Tudor and Georgian times. Sheila's parting gift was a recommendation to eat at The Mute Swan where I had the most phenomenal lamb and mint sauce. A tour with Sheila is definitely worth your time!
    Written 4 September 2022
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    Hi, Thank you so much for the amazing review! It was my absolute pleasure to take you around my favourite place! Regards Sheila
    Written 15 September 2022
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