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henry VIII's crown

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WALK IN HENRY'S FOOTSTEPS

See a re-creation of Henry VIII's magnificent crown, displayed where he would have worn it, in front of the magnificent Tudor ceiling of the Chapel Royal.

Made for either Henry VII or Henry VIII, the original crown was worn by Henry VIII at Hampton Court, particularly on the feast of Epiphany on 6 January. Henry would process to the Chapel Royal in full regalia to offer gold, frankincense and myrrh, celebrating the visit of the Three Kings to the newborn Jesus.

The crown was later used at the coronations of each of Henry VIII's children.

As a potent symbol of power and religious authority, the original crown was melted down at the Tower of London in 1649 on the orders of Oliver Cromwell, following the abolition of the monarchy.

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

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. From the A3 and then the A309.  

 

Car Parking

Limited parking is available. During our busy periods it is advisable to consider other means of travel.  

 

Accessible parking

There are 9 disabled parking bays available on site. Parking on site is free for Blue Badge holders.  

 

On-site

£1.60 per hour (car parking bays fit a standard car only). Pay for your parking with cash or card.

Public Transport Directions

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. Hampton Court station is in zone 6. Oyster cards are accepted on this route.  

 

By Bus:

From Kingston - 111*, 216*, 411*, 461, 513 From Richmond - R68* *These services accept Oyster cards, LT cards, bus passes, Travelcards, Freedom Passes and Saver Tickets.  

 

By Minibus/coach:

Drop-off and collection points: - Hampton Court Green (500 metres from entrance). - Hampton Court Station Coach Park (200 metres from entrance).  

 

By River boat:

From Richmond or Kingston with Turk Launches (April - mid September) and from Westminster with Westminster Passenger Cruises (April - September).  

 

On-site

£1.60 per hour (car parking bays fit a standard car only). Pay for your parking with cash or card.  

 

Nearby

Hampton Court Green (500 metres from entrance) - £1.50 per hour Hampton Court Train Station (200 metres from entrance) - For information about prices, please visit the National Rail website.  

 

Accessible by Public Transport.

Henry's Crown

Type:Guided Walk

Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey, London, KT8 9AU

Tel: 0333 320 6000

Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)
DayTimes
Monday - TuesdayClosed
Wednesday - Saturday10:00 - 18:00
SundayClosed

* Currently Open

The Royal Pew is open 10:00-18:00 Wednesday to Saturday.

Please note that while the Royal Pew is normally open during this period, it may close on short notice due to Chapel services.

The Chapel Royal will be open Fridays and Saturdays 10:00-16:30 from Saturday 29 May.

The Chapel Royal and Royal Pew will remain closed on Sundays.

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