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Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace

Talk, Tue 21 Nov 2017


Hampton Court Palace

0844 482 7777


East Molesey,

Events at this Venue

date event
Sun 19 Nov Adult Halloween Ghost Tours
Thu 14 Sep - Sun 31 Dec Chocolate Kitchens at Hampton Court
Sun 19 Nov Choral Evensong
Mon 20 Nov 'Luther 500' anniversary
Tue 21 Nov The Eltham Rules
Fri 24 Nov - Sun 7 Jan Hampton Court Ice Rink


‘Life at court is like a fire; too close you are singed, too far you freeze’, said the Swedish diplomat Johan Adler Salvius in 1644. The Eltham ordinances written in 1526 by Cardinal Wolsey were detailed rules for ‘the establishment of good order and reformation of sundry errors and misues’ in the court. Despite these controls the Tudor court was dynamic and was dominated by the changing whims of a power-hungry monarch and the personalities who surrounded him. Discover how this early operations manual was used to regulate ambitious courtiers who were living, working and visiting the royal household under Henry VIII.

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

Children welcome

Event details

Dates Times
Tue 21 Nov 2017 19:00
Doors open at 18.40 for a 19.00 start


£15 / £13.50 Concessions (HRP Members, under 25s, students and ES40)



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 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