Hampton Court Palace
Hampton Court Palace
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
About
Visit the famous hedge maze, Tudor knot garden and the state apartments at this splendid red-brick Tudor Palace, which is set in formal gardens and open parkland along the Thames River.
Duration: 2-3 hours
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Tours & experiences
Explore different ways to experience this place.
Revenue impacts the experiences featured on this page, learn more.
Top ways to experience Hampton Court Palace
The area
Address
Reach out directly
See what travellers are saying
  • Helen C
    Farnborough, United Kingdom14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great day out!
    We enjoyed a fantastic day here! Firstly the train station is just a short walk away, which is always a bonus! We'd booked tickets online, and joined a short, fast moving queue to gain entry. The entrance is breath taking in itself! Once inside, we headed for the Henry VIII section. Very interesting with lots of amazing paintings. The Tudor kitchen was also a high point, with various demonstrations about cooking and presentation of the very lavish meals that would have been served. We also saw the jousting tournament, which was entertaining and informative. The falconry display was also excellent. The vast gardens were amazing! There is so much I could say - but I'd recommend you experience it all for yourself....a brilliant day out, with so much to learn, see and do! 10/10! Would certainly visit again!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 August 2023
  • Exploringtheworld38
    Kent, United Kingdom86 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    History at its best
    Such a magical place. I love coming here and imaging all the history. I’m a huge Henry fan (mostly his wives) so walking the same footsteps as them is fascinating. The haunted gallery definitely has a heavy feel about it, an almost sad presence. I would recommend going in here and take a moment to imagine Catherine Howard running to find Henry. One tip would be to remember to go to the shop and pick up your free audio guide, it’s not obvious where to go and saw lots of people without them. We also went for the food festival which was incredible. One of the best I’ve been to in a long time. I’ll see you again at Halloween!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 August 2023
  • Anna H
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great day, even my teenager enjoyed it!!
    Great family day out, I went with my sister and two daughters (aged 13 and 11) and despite them not being very interested when I booked it we had a great day! I was very relieved, particularly after the fact the tickets aren't cheap, that we all actually really enjoyed it. We parked in Bushey Park and walked down which was a great idea as we saw the deer on the way. I thought Hampton Court had really considered how to make history interesting. The 'real characters' in the kitchen were great and actually prompted some questions from my girls. The interesting facts in the toilets/ public areas were good too. I also really appreciated that they are aware of the cost of living challenges, the cafes all had free water to fill water bottles and it wasn't an issue that we weren't buying anything. I think they should be congratulated on helping families avoid the ulez charge for the same reason. We had a great day and it was well worth the ticket price.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 September 2023
  • Tracy Rose
    Dallas, Texas27 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Palace
    This palace is rich in history and will take you back in time. We went to Waterloo Train station and bought tickets to Hampton Court. Waterloo station is big so make sure to read the schedules properly. I downloaded the Citymapper app and it has been very helpful navigating my overall trip to London and to Hampton Court Palace. I bought the tickets online and they will email you the tickets. The thing I didn’t like was I bought a Souvenir Guidebook for £5.00 with my online admission tickets, but never received this souvenir guidebook. When we arrived at the palace and showed our tickets, I noticed there were free tour maps on the way once you show your tickets. Not sure if that’s the Souvenir Guidebook that I paid for?! But I should have not paid for it if they are free once you enter. I also didn’t like that I didn’t get to see the Great Fountain Garden because they closed it at the last minute. They were preparing for their festival on the 26th of August. When I booked the tickets I made sure which areas of the palace that will be closed for tourist and it didn’t say that the main gardens will be closed. The architectural design of this palace is beautiful and there were moments were it felt a little creepy. The back of my hair raised in some areas of the palace. Not sure if it’s wind or what? But you will sense the eeriness in some rooms. Overall, this was a great experience. Beautiful palace rich in history.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 September 2023
  • ianwyj
    Singapore5,191 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Plenty to occupy a visitor for at least half a day
    If one is looking to take a half-day trip within the Greater London area, then a visit to Hampton Court Palace would be a good choice. We opted to visit independently, hopping on a series of easy Tube and local train rides to the nearby Hampton Court station, before making our way on foot to the palace entrance. Including the palace gardens, the overall size of the grounds were deceptively large, but that was probably the whole point of its existence in the first place. The tour brought us initially through the servants' areas first - these included the larder, the cellars, and the rather impressive kitchen where a live cooking demonstration was in progress. From the displays in the dining room, the feasts must have been quite legendary. There was much more to see in the state apartments with very little, if any, of the rooms or corridors not being lavishly decorated. Despite the rather chilly weather, the carefully manicured gardens were a delight to walk through. We also came across the royal tennis court and the small exhibition that explained the origins and rules of the game and came with some examples of the racquets used. Interestingly, the court was still in active use, with some members having a game when we were there.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 September 2023
  • sherman49
    Ascot, United Kingdom257 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Private tour was a real privilege
    We were lucky enough to arrange a private tour for our corporate group of around 30 people. The palace is closed to the public on Mondays and Tuesdays in term time, so being the only people to walk through the gates created a real wow factor for our guests. Sarah was an amazing tour guide, full of fascinating facts; several people said that they learnt more with her than their whole time at school. Most of our guests had English as a second language so they did very well to keep up - the pace of the commentary is very fast, but the tour was rated Excellent on almost all of our feedback forms. A wonderful afternoon for anyone interested in history.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 14 September 2023
  • Rhonda T
    Puerto Aventuras, Mexico341 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots to explore
    I absolutely loved my time here. I enjoyed this visit much more than my visit at Windsor Castle. You see so much more, are able to take photos inside the buildings and have expansive grounds to explore. Don't hesitate to do this one!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 September 2023
  • marg k
    Liverpool, United Kingdom480 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing
    Fabulous place. Audio guide was particularly helpful and brought to life the history of the palace rather than just reading the information boards. Staff were pleasant and helpful Gardens were beautiful. This was the second time we had visited and we were able to access parts of the palace which were closed last time due to concerts taking place. Limited food available at the kitchen cafe and area quite grubby . Much cleaner and better selection at Tiltyard.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 October 2023
  • Kid B
    370 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Life with the Tudors
    If you're a history buff, this is almost a must. Home to the Tudors, particularly Henry VII, its very impressive. The audio guides are excellent, with lots of information, and the state rooms are a fantastic drop into history. Particularly liked the state banquet hall - felt like I was in a period film and I was expecting Errol Flynn to pop in any moment.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 October 2023
  • Liam G
    York, United Kingdom98 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    History Galore
    Very well presented, so much history incorporated in one place. The staff were helpful. Allow plenty of time, as there is a lot to see. Highlights for me were the Great Hall and Chapel. Didn't see Lucy though, the only downside.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 November 2023
These reviews are the subjective opinion of Tripadvisor members and not of TripAdvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Most Recent: Reviews ordered by most recent publish date in descending order.

Detailed Reviews: Reviews ordered by recency and descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as waiting time, length of visit, general tips, and location information.

Popular mentions

We perform checks on reviews.
Tripadvisor’s approach to reviews
Before posting, each Tripadvisor review goes through an automated tracking system, which collects information, answering the following questions: how, what, where and when. If the system detects something that potentially contradicts our community guidelines, the review is not published.
When the system detects a problem, a review may be automatically rejected, sent to the reviewer for validation, or manually reviewed by our team of content specialists, who work 24/7 to maintain the quality of the reviews on our site.
Our team checks each review posted on the site disputed by our community as not meeting our community guidelines.
Learn more about our review moderation.
4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles7,878 reviews
Excellent
5,826
Very good
1,493
Average
317
Poor
140
Terrible
102

Mike J
Reading, UK356 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Brilliant day out. This is truly a place to wallow in our history. There were even some people dressed in medieval costumes performing for he tourists. All very well done. This definitely should be on everyone's list to come and see. The gardens are well laid out too. Parking at £1.60 per hour was a bit steep though, after a full day here it racks up! Surely a day charge would be better value?
Written 13 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

l-globetrotter
London, UK3,834 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Solo
Wonderful to visit this gem of a place again, full of history, beauty, nature and spectacular gardens after being away 4.5 months due to COVID. All the safery measures are in place, sanitisers everywhere, and social distancing not an issue at all. I find it mazing that they still present the place in such fabulous shape, especially the gardens, even on skeleton gardening and palace staff (most are furloughed still I understand). Thank you!!! Special thank you to Paul for making the royal kitchens visit extra fun. I am a Historical Royal Palaces member (you pay one off annual fee) so do not share the cost complaint of other reviews here. I came on public transport (train to Hampton Court available from most London stations, eg Victoria, Waterloo, Clapham Junction) so £9 parking saved also. Do not miss the Rose Garden and the Magic Garden, I missed them on all previous visits! Meal at the Mute Swan pub outside the Palace gates, as usual, topped the fab experience.
Written 9 August 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Elaine
London, UK6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
I have had many great times at Hampton Court Palace over the years. I have visited the gardens, looked around the palace, eaten in the restaurants/cafes, got lost in the maze and just enjoyed the peace and tranquility within the beautiful grounds.
However, during Covid and Lockdown, Hampton Court Palace announced that certain parts of the grounds and palace would be closed or blocked off, to deter visitors from attending and to prevent overcrowding. This is understandable and so for over 2 years now I have not attended. This month however and in light of the Covid rules being relaxed, I looked forward to making a return visit. My elderly mother is beginning to get brave enough to venture out again now, so I decided to take her to Hampton Court Palace for the day. She isn't strong enough to walk around the whole Palace anymore, but she does enjoy exploring some of the grounds and having lunch at The Tiltyard Café. After the long drive to get there and once we had parked, we were sadly greeted with iron barriers which were surprisingly still in place. They blocked off the Kitchen Garden, toilets and the Rose Garden, which we once enjoyed. We decided to take a slow walk in the direction of the cafe and the beautiful grounds, but we were stopped at a checkpoint along the path and told we could not enter unless we had a ticket (£25 Each). This had never happened on previous visits, why charge £25 just to eat in their cafe. We explained that we didn't want to walk around inside the palace, we just wanted to sit and have something to eat in the cafe, enjoy the scenery and use the toilet, after all we had just had a long journey. We were told that wouldn't be possible and if we wanted a toilet we would have to walk across the bridge to the other side of the river and use the train station facilities. We had already paid for the car park and we definitely didn't want to pay £25 each to use the toilets on site plus buy food and drinks in the cafe, that would have amounted to about £85 for a day out with my elderly mother. Years ago, you had to pay to look around inside the palace and all the grounds and gardens were free to enjoy. Hampton Court have now blocked off the gardens and started charging for that, they also charge for the Maze, the Magic Garden and now it seems the use of their toilets. Can you imagine how much that would cost for a family of 4 ? I was disgusted at the costs and the current restrictions in place. Hampton Court Palace should at least allow access to some of its grounds and the cafe for free. So beware if you're traveling from far. After trekking over the bridge with my poor mother to use the train station facilities, we decided to continue our day out by visiting Richmond Park instead. We parked for free, enjoyed the beautiful grounds, saw herds of deer, had a lovely lunch at Pembroke Lodge Cafe and used the toilet facilities, all without checkpoints, restrictions or fees. There are lots of beautiful places to visit in and around London, but if Hampton Court Palace are not going to be Welcoming for everyone, then we won't be going back there any time soon.
Written 22 January 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

The Reynards
Isle of Wight, UK525 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Couples
Hampton court, is an impressive building, Situated on the banks of the Thames, next to Bushy Park. However do not be fooled into thinking you are going to see reconstructed rooms all relating to Henry VIII. More than half the original palace was torn down and rebuilt by William III. The only areas that truly give you an idea, of how it was to live as a king in 16th Century, are the kitchens, and his chapel. Photos can be taken all round the palace apart from within the Chapel. Not sure how accessible the venue is, did not see any lifts, there are definitely areas on the ground floor, and the gardens which can be accessed. The grounds and gardens are vast and will take you longer to explore, than the palace, which in my opinion is nothing more than glorified gallery, with only a couple of rooms depicting life. Entrance fees are very over priced @ £24.50 per adult and £19.60 for concessions. Allow yourself three hours to visit, and see all, maybe longer if it is busy. There is chargeable on site parking £1.60 per hour, or alternative park behind the station, (sorry don’t know the cost).
Written 22 September 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

DavidUK2010
York, UK329 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
A great place to visit to learn about Henry Vlll. Easy to get there via the northern line to Vauxhall then over ground Hampton Court.

It is expensive at £26. If you find the maze and wish to do that, they'll charge you an extra £8.

My issue started straight away and not told about the audio tour. I learnt later it was FREE and you get this from the shop before the tour. I did the tour again the second time and was lied to by the member of staff who said it played English, even though it was showing German. Make sure the screen shows English as went back and another member of staff corrected the device.

The map they gave could be better. I knew I missed something but unable to find the Gallery and Williams's apartments. If they had a map with links of how they intertwine, then it be easier to work out. Good job I decided to do the audio tour after my self service, since I managed to find the missing elements of the tour. The reason I missed them, I followed the route round as per the map, but should have doubled back to do the gallery and apartments.

The gardens are big and nice to explore. In summer weather good for a picnic. Insight to Henry Vlll life and wifes but felt there was missing and this may have been destroyed centuries ago. I expected more.

One visit is clearly enough. Probably best to keep out of peak season due to numbers. The shop is expensive. The cafe on sight prices in line with London, but can easily get overcrowded and with only one person serving, your patience is required. Plenty of toilets available.

MY advice when selecting which activity is select OTHER. Otherwise it takes you to another side to write a review without this main one. Trip advisor really messed up in allowing too many to be set up for the same place.
Written 2 April 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

BigHugh51
Adelaide, Australia3,629 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
This was our second visit to Hampton Court Palace. We had again travelled by a South Western train from London Waterloo to Hampton Court Railway Station in East Molesey. The train journey took about 40 minutes. The palace’s entrance is less than a 5 minute walk from the railway station
Admission to the palace was straight forward with our London Passes simply being scanned at the palace’s entrance. After collecting our audio-visual guides, we set to again explore the palace and its grounds at our own pace.
In our humble opinions the various displays at Hampton Court Palace rank with the best of any of the historic attractions in the United Kingdom. They are well-organised, well-presented and provide ample detailed historical information. There are plenty of staff members in attendance, to provide extra information should it be required.
The palace’s extensive gardens are maintained in a magnificent condition and it was a real pleasure to spend 30 minutes or so enjoying our lunch of sandwiches in such beautiful surroundings.
A plus for us was that on the day of this visit, the Royal Tennis Court was open and tennis was being played on the indoor court by members of the club. The tennis court was closed and under renovation at the time of our previous visit.
The only disappointment of this visit was that the garden maze was closed to the public. Apparently this was in preparation for an upcoming event. Fortunately for us, we had been able to visit the maze at the time of our first visit to the palace.
We spent the best part of four hours at the palace and thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it. If we had not had other things to do, we could have easily occupied ourselves there, for the entire day. Highly recommended!
Written 21 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

sheepygold
london5,401 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
We haven't been here for a year and came for the Artisan Festival. The weather was awful initially with torrential rain and this hadn't been catered for with no marquees. We therefore did some of the indoor parts of the palace and by the time we came out the rain had stopped. The Artisan Festival was quite good in terms of quality with some unusual products available. Once we had finished we looked around the gardens which were lovely before heading to the Henry VIII and Field of Gold exhibition. This was really interesting with some exhibits that belonged to Henry VII, Henry VIII and also Cardinal Wolsey. The exhibition took a good 30 minutes and there wasn't a queue when we arrived at about 4.30. The palace was quite Covid secure in most areas with lots of sanitiser points and a good attempt to get people to distance themselves. Most of the indoor parts of the palace were open but not the Great Vine or Tennis Courts for instance but there was still a huge amount to see.
Written 19 June 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Helen F
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
We visited the Palace of Stardust “Light Show”. Truly dreadful six of us went costing £75.00 a real waste of money. Given that Kew, Wisley and other venues offer a great interactive experience this was very cheap and not in the slightest cheerful😯
Hampton Court has it all great space , beautiful gardens and the palace as an amazing background whoever designed this show has ripped us all off!!!!
The horse ride at another cost was just too much!!!
We will not be back for this Event!!!
Written 24 December 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Dan
West Yorkshire, UK13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
We arrived at the Palace for opening at 10am, we were first in the queue and were greeted with a warm and historically relevant reception.

We spent a full morning exploring every part of the Palace and was impressed with every single room.

Each room is filled with lovely knowledgeable staff who were always happy to chat and we enjoyed speaking to them all to learn extra bits and discovered new things we may have missed in each room.

Millie who (due to the rotation of staff) we saw in a few different rooms is an asset to the Palace. She really knew her stuff, made us feel valued and we could tell she fully enjoys the work she does.

After lunch we spent the afternoon exploring the gardens and we were more than impressed with the size and grandeur of these. Each one blew us away and the upkeep of these was to an impressive high standard.

We explored these right up until the Palace closed at 5:30 and there were still a few bits we didn't manage to see - it really was a fab action packed day that both of us throughly enjoyed!
Written 31 August 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Lorna K
Orpington, UK62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
Beautiful place in a beautiful setting. Some parts were closed due to Covid, but we knew this when booking and there was still plenty to see. It was a warm, sunny day, so lovely to have a picnic in the gardens whilst watching the wildlife. Due to limited numbers of tickets it was not crowded and the entry system was well-managed. Very knowledgable staff. Would like to see more toilets and a couple of water-refilling stations as there is just one cafe which had large queues so no way of staying hydrated on a hot day without carrying a big bottle of water.
Written 8 September 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Showing results 1-10 of 7,067
Revenue impacts the experiences featured on this page, learn more.
Is this your Tripadvisor listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim your listing

HAMPTON COURT PALACE (2024) All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)

All East Molesey HotelsEast Molesey Hotel Deals
All things to do in East Molesey
RestaurantsFlightsHoliday RentalsTravel StoriesCruisesCar Hire