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Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace

Historical Event, Sat 22 - Sun 30 Oct 2016


Hampton Court Palace

0844 482 7777


East Molesey,

Events at this Venue

date event
Mon 24 - Fri 28 Oct Hampton Court Tram Rides
Sat 22 - Sun 30 Oct Horrible Hampton
Sat 22 - Sun 30 Oct Horse-drawn charabanc tours
Sun 30 Oct Choral Evensong
Mon 31 Oct Adult Ghost Tours
Mon 31 Oct Family Ghost Tours


Tour the East Front Gardens in 19th century style in the Tudor Rose! Meet our magnificent shire horses and enjoy a historic tour.

When Queen Victoria opened Hampton Court Palace’s gardens to the public in 1838, visitors flocked to the gardens, keen to experience the Maze, the Great Vine and the formal gardens. Horse-drawn charabancs like the Tudor Rose would have been a common sight during the Victorian period, bringing visitors to the palace. Today visitors can tour the gardens in Victorian style.

Our charabanc is based on research into surviving historic vehicles as well as the many old photographs and other images that survive. We spent a year working with Master Coachmaker, Mark Broadbent, to create a charabanc fit for a palace.

The vehicle is as close as we could possibly get to a Victorian horse-drawn charabanc but with a special 21st-century feature - unlike its Victorian predecessors, it is wheelchair accessible via a portable lift (1 wheelchair space available at 10.45am each day.)

Credit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled accessDisabled toiletsEnglish Heritage PropertyGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toilets

Children welcome

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 22 - Sun 30 Oct 2016 11:00 to 17:00


Adult £6  /  Adult Member £5 /  Child £3

This is in addition to a palace admission ticket or Membership.

Wheelchair space available at 10.45 daily.

Tour is approximately 15-20 minutes.



See location of Hampton Court Palace on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TQ 149686  Lat: 51.40479 Long: -0.34950

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).
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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

Accessible by Public Transport


  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • English Heritage PropertyEnglish Heritage Property
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome