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 meet at Waterloo Station at 9am for the 30 minute train ride.
Hampton Court Palace is in fact 2 palaces. We shall first view the Tudor Palace to see the young Henry the 8th exhibition which explains his first years of reign, then visit the enormous kitchen which provided the food for the court staying there. 200 workers were employed at this 'food factory' before being taken up to the Great Hall. The Hall is an amazing spectacle With a Hammer Beam roof, tapestries purchased by Henry the 8th. Henry's collection of tapestries reached 2000 in number at the time of his death--and each was worth the same as a fully-equipped war ship of his day.
We shall see the Chapel which he expanded; hear about the birth/baptism of his precious male heir, Edward; of his last marriage to Katherine Parr; the plight of his teen-age wife Katherine Howard, condemned to death for adultery and her ghost spotted here still!
Then to the Baroque Palace, housing the Stuart/Hanoverian monarchs with their stories. Then return to London.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Meet at Waterloo Station at 9am outside the information counter across from platforms 11 and 12. We will need to have our tickets before our meeting. The platform we will need is not displayed until soon before departure. The oyster travel card can be used on this journey, so that would be a useful purchase for any traveller. But make sure that there is enough money on your card. Hampton Court Palace is within Zone 6 of the London travel map. It would also be possible for me to meet you at your hotel or at another place at an earlier time. I could also travel with you in your car if you prefer or organize a car with a driver if there are no more than 3 in your party.
End location: After the tour, we should return to Waterloo Station and I could accompany you back to your hotel, if you wish. Otherwise, you might like to remain at Hampton Court Palace for lunch or to explore the palace and gardens further, returning in your own time.
Duration: 4 hours
I use public transport which will entail bus or underground to Waterloo Station and return in a similar fashion. There is a large area to cover at the Palace, so will be walking there. However, I can arrange transport by car for an extra charge--with a capacity for 3 travellors.
My services as a Blue Badge Guide with a specific knowledge of the Palace and its history. This is a 4 hour tour. I can either meet you at Waterloo Station to take the train to Hampton Court or I can arrange to meet you at your hotel.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
35 pounds sterling - Will need tickets for entry to the Palace and for public transport to Hampton Court Palace and return. Also food and drink on the day.
Entry into the Palace.
Cost of Public transport. An Oyster Travel Card is a useful purchase for your stay in London.
Food and drink on the day.
I guide using public transport and/or on foot. I can arrange private transport if required.