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Operation Centaur

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Since Henry VIII started breeding his Great War Horse, the Shire and Hampton Court have been closely connected. And our Shires – part of the last herd of working shires in London – are keeping the tradition alive.

Throughout Easter and the Summer months our Shires can be found at Hampton Court, taking visitors on Tram Rides around the grounds.

Come and meet the descendants of Henry’s Great Horses, and take a Tram Ride through 500 years of history.

Guide Prices

£4 for adults, £2.00 for children under 12.
A valid entrance ticket to Hamtpon Court Palace required.



  • Description of route - East Front Gardens
  • Typical duration of route - 15 minutes

Map & Directions

Operation Centaur

Type:Horse-drawn Carriage

Operation Centaur, King's Chase Lodge, Hampton Court, KT8 9BZ

Opening Times

* •April – Easter School Holidays
•May, June – Saturdays, Sundays and and Bank Holidays
•July, August and September – every day
•October – half term

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