Hampton Court Palace and Gardens

A trip back in time to one of the best known Royal Courts! Start a journey to discover the story of two palaces: a Tudor palace, magnificently developed by Cardinal Wolsey and later Henry VIII, alongside a baroque palace built by William III and Mary II.


Make your way to the Palace on the banks of the River Thames as early as you can to make the most of your day. The Palace gates open at 10am every day except 24-26 December. If you are coming by car there is parking available for a fee. A direct train service runs from Waterloo, and the Palace is well served by local buses. From April to September passenger boats bring visitors from Westminster, Richmond and Kingston.

Once you arrive at the Palace there is a wealth of English history to explore, from the Tudor to the Georgian eras. Depending on the weather you can decide whether to tour the Palace buildings in the morning and visit the extensive grounds in the afternoon, or vice versa.

Whichever you do, costumed guides will be on hand to bring history to life, and you may wish to become involved in the various interactive events and exhibitions that take place throughout the year. You can also obtain audio guides from the main entrance to give you an insight into life at the Palace and in depth information about the royal apartments.
Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace

500 years of royal history. Impressive architecture and opulent interiors of the state apartments and the vast Tudor kitchens. 60 acres of stunning riverside gardens including the world famous maze.
Westminster Passage Services

Thames River Boats at Westminster Passenger Services

Westminster Passenger Service Association operate a scheduled service from Westminster to Kew, Richmond and Hampton Court.


The Tiltyard Café and the Privy Kitchen Coffee Shop offer a wide range of refreshments, and you can also picnic in the grounds of the Palace. Just outside the Palace on either side of Hampton Court Bridge there are several restaurants and cafes, often with pavement seating, where you can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee before or after your visit
Tilyard Cafe Fruit corner

Tiltyard Cafe

Originally used for jousting by Henry VIII, the cafe is a large, warm and open space with a great choice of food and drink.


Hampton Court Palace has over 60 acres of beautiful gardens, ranging from the formality of the fully restored 18th century Privy Gardens to the grand herbaceous borders, and the Wilderness and world famous Maze. In the summer there are horse drawn carriages to transport you, for a small extra charge.

In fine weather you might like to explore Bushy Park, one of the Royal Parks, which is very close to the Palace.

If the weather is poor, there are several independent shops and boutiques on either side of the Bridge selling gifts, jewellery and clothes.

A river cruise back to Richmond or Central London would be a great finish to your trip!
Turk Launches - Yarmouth Belle

Turk Launches at Turks

Turks offers a range of unique Thames River cruise experiences with a heritage dating back 300 years.
Bushy Park

Bushy Park

One of London's Royal Parks containing the Chestnut Avenue, the Diana Fountain, a millennnium wood and herds for red and fallow deer.

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Hampton Court Palace


Hampton Court Palace

By car: The palace is located on the A308 and is well signposted from all the major local roads. From the M25 take either exit 10 on to the A307 or exit 12 on to the A308. The palace is also accessible via the A3 and then the A309.
By train: South West Trains run services direct from London Waterloo to Hampton Court. The journey takes only 35 minutes and the palace is a 2-minute walk across the bridge from the station.
By bus: Bus routes: 111, 216, 411, 451, 461, 718, R68, 416, 513, 267 (Summer Sundays only).
By River boat: From Richmond or Kingston with Turk Launches (April - mid September) and from Westminster with Westminster Passenger Cruises (April - September).
For further information visit www.tfl.gov.uk

Car parking
Green car park - pay and display
Charges from 08.00 - 20.00
£1.00 per hour until 30 April 2015
£1.50 per hour from 1 May 2015

Palace car park - pay on foot
Charges from 08.00 - 20.00
£1.50 per hour until 30 April 2015
£1.60 per hour from 1 May 2015

Parking : with charge

Public Transport : accessible