Hampton Court Palace

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Hampton Court Palace

Photo credit: London 2012


Hampton Court Palace is a magnificent blend of Tudor and Baroque architecture, sprawling over two hectares (six acres) on the banks of the River Thames. After taking over from Cardinal Wolsey, King Henry VIII lived here with some of his many wives. The palace is famed for its verdant gardens, where music and flower shows take place in the summer. The maze is a very popular attraction, as well as tours of the grounds, complete with costumed guides. To get to here, hail the river launch from Westminster, Richmond or Kingston for a scenic trip up the river. Alternatively, a train departs every thirty minutes from Waterloo to Hampton Court Station. Hours vary by season.

Location:  Hampton Court Road, East Molesey

Business hours:  Mo-Sa 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.