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Hampton Court Palace
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
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“A must see!”
Reviewed 13 April 2013

Hampton Court is huge. I only had time for the Tudor part, plus the maze. I will have to go back again to do the William and Mary section.

What's not to love? A fabulous kitchen, stunning chapel, medieval hall, interesting exhibitions, famous paintings and beautiful gardens.

The "Horrible Histories" actors were out in force for the kids the days I was there. But the adults enjoyed it too. Nothing like a good blood letting...

Visited February 2013
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“Found Hampton Court eventually”
Reviewed 13 April 2013

Visited from Windsor and got hopelessly lost on the way, should have ignored route found online and stuck to motorway. Return journey relying on motorways and signs took less than half the time. On arrival the entrance is being altered and signs to parking were confusing, we ended up driving past and parking at the Railway station for about £6 a day. Queue for tickets moved quickly and as my oldest child was above family ticket age, the cashier helpfully suggested we take off the voluntary contribution from the tickets to make it a little cheaper. Free audio guides were useful in places but we didn't use them all the time. There is a colour coded map but no one set route so you go in and out of the different exhibition areas as you please which meant lots of back tracking and we missed one section altogether. Some rrom guides were very knowledgable and keen to share information but others were 'new' and seemed a little lost. There were also costumed actors wandering around playing out key parts of Henry's life and this added to the atmosphere. The gardens were fantastic and we did the maze as it was included in the price but it wasn't as good as expected and I wouldn't have wanted to pay extra for it. Nice cafe in gardens with good hot meals and cakes - prices not bad for the area. We spent a good 4 hours there and I would go again but study map better next time.

Visited April 2013
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“Great attraction but bring drinks and snacks”
Reviewed 13 April 2013 via mobile

The attraction was great, loads to see and very informative, entry price is also value for money. However a word of warning don't eat there unless you want to take a second mortgage out. We bought 4x 10p Freedo chocolate bars cost 80p a coffee and 4 soft drinks £11.05, a very generous mark up on all food and drink, take a packed lunch.

Visited April 2013
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“Rating isn't higher due to state of toilets and bad food in café!”
Reviewed 12 April 2013

Lovely palace, with beautiful grounds even in drizzly weather!

Critiques are the toilets (absolutely disgusting - please consider refurbishing them, you can't say people aren't donating enough through entry price) and the café - £9.95 for lukewarm haddock and chips that were absolutely swimming in oil!

On the plus side, the horse-carriage trip was smashing, staff were all pleasant and the maze was fun :-)

Visited April 2013
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“Real Tudor treat”
Reviewed 11 April 2013

We are big fans of old English landhouses and palaces and were really looking forward to visiting Hampton Court Palace.
We came by train, from London, and that was a piece of cake! The Tudor part of the palace is really fantastic. We were very surprised that we could walk around freely in the palace (as opposed to following the ropes 'you may walk up to here and not further'). The audio guide was very good and helped to understand better what you saw. There were actors playing the part of King Henri himself and Thomas Cromwell and it added much to the athmosphere. Really well done. You get a really good idea of what the palace would have looked like as there is a lot of original/copy furniture, tapestries, etc it was just great. The most impressive rooms were the Great Hall and the Chapel Royal (the coulours on the ceiling!!).
The bummer of the day goes without any doubt to the tea room. The tea room was not decorated, tasteless and the expensive cake and scone were not worth eating. Never again. You'd better go outside the grounds to the pub on the other side of the street.
The gardens seem very nice too but as there was a bitter cold wind, we will keep that for our next visit on a hopeful warmer day, as we will go back, for sure!

Visited April 2013
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