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Hampton Court Palace

Henry VIII’s pleasure palace welcomed some of the most famous Britons of all time, from Shakespeare to Oliver Cromwell, who moved in after winning the Civil War. The fifth of Henry’s six wives, Catherine Howard, is even said to hover over the Haunted Gallery. In 2010, a reconstruction of a wine fountain uncovered in one of the courtyards began serving refreshments – but it doesn’t hold a candle to the excess of Henry’s feasts, jousting tournaments, and plays. These days, there are Tudor cooking demonstrations in the kitchens, and an annual flower show in the late 17th century gardens – the oldest in the country. Children will adore the maze, while over-12s can participate in rooftop tours (these must be booked in advance).

Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey
KT8 9AU
Tel: 020 3166 6000
Opening Times: Open Daily The Palace, Formal Gardens and Maze: 30 October 2016 - 25 March 2017 (winter) 10.00 - 16.30.
The Magic Garden is now closed during the winter and will reopen in spring 2017.
Palace, Formal Gardens, Magic Garden and Maze: 26 March - 28 October 2017 (summer)
Open daily 10.00 - 18.00.
Entry Charges: Admission: Child £8.50, Adult £14.30-£16.95

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    An audience with the King at Hampton Court Palace

    Commences: Friday 3rd November 2017
    Until Sunday 3rd December 2017

    Guests are invited to spend Dusk till Dawn at Hampton Court Palace. Sleep in the minstrel's gallery, attend a dinner with the King in the Great Hall, be entertained by the Tudor entertainers and tour the palace during the bewitching hour. Sleep tight and dream of royalty, then enjoy the grounds of the palace in the morning light.

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