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Discover 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.

The flamboyant Tudor King Henry VIII, who is most associated with this majestic palace. Henry lavished money on fabulous tapestries and paintings, housed and fed a huge court and pursued a succession of wives, political power and independence from Rome.

Come and enjoy the splendour, the opulence and the tales of the fascinating royals who resided at Hampton Court Palace for over 500 years.

Check out our virtual tour of Hampton Court Palace 👇


Guided tours:

For a truly memorable visit to Hampton Court Palace, book one of our friendly and knowledgeable guides for a private tour.

A bespoke guided tour can be tailored to your historical interests. Our guides can share fascinating stories and reveal scandalous secrets of Tudor, Georgian or grace and favour residents.

Starting from £132, private guided tours are the perfect way to make the most of your visit or celebrate a special occasion.

Guided tours can cover the highlights of the palace’s history, illuminating its changing status from the home of Henry VIII in the 16th century, to the home of grace and favour residents. Alternatively, tours can take you on special thematic routes such as:

  • Ghost stories and salacious secrets
  • Origins of the Baroque palace
  • Family friendly tours


Group Visits:

Benefit from easy admission, discounts and voucher schemes from groups of 15 or more.

Guided tours must be carried out by Blue Badge or Accredited Guides.

For more information on how to book for a group, email groupsandtraveltrade@hrp.org.uk


Self-led school visits: 

Take your students on an adventure when you visit the palace. Free teacher guides are available and designed to help you plan and make the most of your visit. The guides provide all of the information needed to support students on a self-led school visit.

There are also self-led Tudor Trails for a variety of different ages.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£26.30 per ticket
Child£13.10 per ticket
Disabled Carer / CompanionFree
Disabled Concession£21.00 per ticket
Full time student / 16-17£21.00 per ticket
Groups (15 or more)£24.20 per ticket
Senior (65+)£21.00 per ticket

Groups please see website for more details. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

What's included in the ticket?

• Access to the palace, maze, gardens and the (summer only) Magic Garden.
• Admission to our exhibitions.
• Live historical re-enactments.
• A multi-language audio guide - collect from the Information Centre off Base Court.
• Children's activity trails.



  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)


  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments


  • Children welcome


  • Parking with charge

Property Facilities

  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets

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.  



£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).  



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



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.

Hampton Court Palace

Type:Historic House

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

Tel: 0333 320 6000

Opening Times

Season (10 Jan 2024 - 9 Feb 2024)
Wednesday - Sunday10:00 - 16:00
February Half term (10 Feb 2024 - 18 Feb 2024)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 16:00

* The Magic Garden is closed from 30 October 2023, reopening 10 February 2024.

10 - 18 February 2024 - Daily.

From 19 February - Weekends only: 24 and 25 February, 02 and 03, 09 and 10, 16 and 17, 23 and 24 March 2024.

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