Tudor Adventure, King James' Bible Conference
Favourite summer palace of Henry the 8th, arguably our most famous and influential king (after William the Conqueror). Our visit tells the stories of Henry and his 6 wives, all of whom atayed here, one being condemned to execution on this site, another died in childbirth and his last married him here. And this is where his precious male heir to the throne was born and baptised. Hear their stories and you can decide--was he the Renaissance Prince/King or a demonic tyrant--or both?
See the Great Hall where Henry entertained important European dignitaries and influential Britains. Visit the grand kitchen or 'food factory' which prepared 1, 200 meals/day for the court.
And yet another palace--of the Stuarts--built by Sir Christopher Wren, architect of St. Paul's Cathedral, London's patron saint, in the Baroque style.
All surrounded by 800+ acres of landscaped gardens and parkland, thanks to Capability Brown! Still stocked with Henry's fallow deer even.
We will meet at Waterloo Station to take the train to Hampton Court Palace.
Upon arrival at the Palace we will explore Henry VIII's medieval kitchens and his Great Hall and Chapel where so many incidents took place during his reign.
Later monarchs also spent time at the Palace and most importantly King James held his conference where the new King James Bible was written. Queen Elizabeth was entertained by Shakespeare's Lord Chamberlain's men with the first performance of Romeo and Juliet.
We continue on to the later part of the Palace, constructed by Sir Christopher Wren for the co-monarchs William and Mary. And, time permitting, we shall visit its magnificent gardens where we can see the oldest grape vine in the world, planted by Capability Brown, Britain's famous landscape architect.
After the tour we shall return to London by train to Waterloo Station.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Under the clock at Waterloo Station .
End location: Either at Hampton Court Palace if the travellers wish to stay there for lunch or back at Waterloo Station.
Duration: 4 hours
Could be longer if there are delays on public transport on the day.
Train from London
Estimated Local Cash Needed
35 pounds sterling - Will need tickets for entry to the Palace, the cost of public transport and any food and drink on the day.
I guide using public transport and/or on foot. I can arrange private transport if required.