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Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace

Food and Drink Event, Sat 11 Jan - Sun 9 Feb 2020


Hampton Court Palace


East Molesey,

Events at this Venue

date event
Sat 12 Oct - Sun 23 Feb The lost dress of Elizabeth I
Mon 6 Jan - Fri 14 Feb Good Queen Bess Life and dress
Mon 6 Jan - Fri 14 Feb Welcome Walks
Tue 7 Jan - Thu 31 Dec The Great Vine Largest Grape Vine in the World
Sat 11 Jan - Sun 9 Feb Elizabethan confectionery cookery
Wed 22 Jan - Fri 14 Feb Half price tickets if bought online


This February half term, watch our team of history cooks at Hampton Court Palace create Tudor knot garden made from sugar. Sugar was an expensive luxury at the start of the 16th century, but by Elizabeth I's reign the price had fallen and many more recipes included sugar, so much so that German traveller Paul Hentzner described the English in 1598 as 'having black teeth from great use of sugar'!

From box hedging to gravel paths, architectural obelisks to sugar fountains, this confectionery creation will look at the cookery methods Elizabeth I’s cooks would have used to create elaborate table centrepieces fit for the Queen.

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

Children welcome

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 11 Jan - Sun 9 Feb 2020


Included in palace admission (members go free)



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. From 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. 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).

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.

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.

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