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Hampton Court Palace

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Hampton Court Palace

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Ray wrote a review 23 Jan
London, United Kingdom148 contributions25 helpful votes
Most tourists only end up circling around Buckingham Palace or get to see the Kensington Palace at most which are nothing compared to Hampton Court combined. If you want the less touristy and more authentic royal experience, take a boat down the river from any central London pier that will drop you right outside the Palace gates. Exactly in a same manner how Royals used to travel. After seeing the Court first time, I ended up subscribing for the whole year. It's not only cheaper but very useful too. Because after the Hampton, you'd wanna visit Tower of London as they are interlinked (thanks to King Henry and his six wives) Besides the Palace is huge so one visit just can't cover the vast area it occupies. And as a added bonus, the palace is kind of spooky too. King Henry's ex wife Anne Boleyn still haunts its long corridors. Henry is also the reason why England is not a religious country. This all is proper Hollywood stuff.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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j c wrote a review Dec 2020
Chicago, Illinois1 contribution1 helpful vote
Got pre-booked tickets for the ice rink. Supposed to have a reduced capacity to aid social distancing - was fuller than this time last year. We actively choose to go before the schools were out but the place was still full of kids. No mask enforcement, no social distancing in the queue, super crowded ice. We took one look and walked away - not worth spreading covid over the price of a skating trip. No issues with the on site staff, clearly at a higher level a decision has been made to sell far too many tickets. Also, the email specifically said 'bring small bags you can take on the ice, we won't have lockers'. Then when we got there we were told 'no bags on the ice, pay for one of our lockers...'
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Sanka1 wrote a review Dec 2020
Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom3,090 contributions203 helpful votes
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Visited the palace and gardens aa part of our ticket to Fyre Festival today and was absolutely delighted. The festival added to the old English charm of the palace and gardens. Covid19 restrictions meant that the place was less crowded than usual which was a plus as we got to enjoy the visit at our own pace. The King's apartments and the history tour is a must and the perfectly maintained gardens are also a delight to walk around. The ticket with timed entry to Fyre Festival was £25 which is absolutely worth it!
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Date of experience: December 2020
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chrisdodd4 wrote a review Nov 2020
London, United Kingdom291 contributions50 helpful votes
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I have always wanted to visit Hampton Court and Bushy Park, so today was that day and WOW, I was blow away, there was so much to do, and that was just visiting the grounds of them both. On exiting the station at Hampton Court, cross over the bridge, and you get your first glimpse of the palace, you then pass the majestic entrance see my picture below,I didn’t book to visit on my excursion, so continued to the back of the palace, and into Bushy Park, be prepared to walk for miles as I did, spending the whole day, ambling through the park was lovely, I have written a review of the Pheasantry Cafe which is located in the Woodland Gardens, if you don’t want to read my review up to yourself but I suggest you do if you know what I mean. On reaching the Cafe,I first passed the famous Diana Fountain, which is situated right in the middle of the Chestnut Avenue, have a look at my picture below of the map of the park to show the scale blimey it is a big park. So where was I, oh yeah, after walking through the woodland gardens, I continued up towards the Upper Lodge and Canal Plantation before sweeping my way in a circle back to the cafe, be aware of the roaming 🦌 deer. I then crossed the Chestnut Avenue and wandered around the three ponds the model boating,the heron and the strangely named Leg of Mutton pond, go with me on this one, before getting the action shot of a group of deer see below, I then exited the park by the Kings field exit which takes you to Kingston upon Thames, I decided to dart into Home and Hampton Court Park. I followed this winding path, before I came to a wonderful sight, I was a the bottom of the Long Water, which is a pool of water as far as the eye can see up to the rear of Hampton Court Palace, I had never seen this view before, and I hope my picture does it some justice. I walked up one of the green paths up to gates at the back of the palace before veering off to join the Thames path back to the bridge and back to the railway station to make my way home. So in summary, be prepared to put the miles in to really achieve a sense of pride, the Bushy Park and Hampton Court Estate are a quintessential British thing to do so go on what you waiting for.!!!
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Andrew wrote a review Nov 2020
St Albans, United Kingdom5,717 contributions624 helpful votes
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We visited Hampton Court Palace during the school’s autumn half-term. Whilst the booking slots were all fully booked for the morning, there were no queues to get in and nowhere was busy (except for a queue for the café). The highlights of our visit were Henry VIII’s magnificent kitchens (build between 1509 and 1547) and the horse pulled tram ride (£10 for two adults and a child). The tram is divided into three sections with one covid bubble per section. Practicalities: two toilet blocks in use; both immaculately clean and no queues to use either. We paid for four hours parking and only just got back in time (and that was after NOT seeing everything that was open) – cost, in the overflow carpark, was £1.50 an hour (plus 15p fee) and the machines were pay-by-phone only (there was also space to park on-site). Indoor Tennis Courts, the Maze and a few other things were closed due to Covid restrictions.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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