Visit the Finest Tudor Palace in Britain and explore by The River Thames its beautiful gardens.
A fascinating Palace, located by the River Thames, built in the early 1500's of stupendous and massive proportions extended for William 3rd and Queen Mary 2nd in 1680's by Sir Christopher Wren. It is surrounded by deer parks amounting to over 2, 000 acres (Home Park and Bushy Park). Contains famous art treasures (Cumberland Gallery), furniture and paintings, a Maze, a new and wonderful children's themed adventure playground (admission charge). Perfect for a summer outing by the River Thames. Cafe's and shops on site, with potential for pleasant local walks by The River or in the Parks. There are interesting 500 year old Tudor kitchens showing how the Kings and Queen's lived and eat in the 1500's. Today effectively a "living" Museum and gardens, last occupied by Royalty in 1700's but with much remaining of their occupation, and way of life particularly Henry 8th who married his favourite 3rd Wife here (Jane Seymour). It hosts the annual flower show. Biggest in the world?
I will meet in your hotel lobby or Waterloo central London main line railway station (not Waterloo East). Alternatively I can meet you at Hampton Court Palace railway station. Allow one hour journey time from London Waterloo railway station including wait times for train.
Arrive at Palace and two hour conducted guided tour around the Palace, Courtyards, Kitchens, Painting Galleries, flower gardens, and park area, Palace state rooms.
There are two pleasant cafes for a light lunch or refreshments, or the visitor can linger in Hampton Court village which has some antiques shops, pubs and restaurants.
I will conduct you back to the Railway station where trains return directly to central London and your original departure point after the two hour on site exploration unless you decide to delay your return and use your own free time.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building
Duration: 5 hours
Access by train from central London - journey time from train station around 35 minutes. On arrival at Hampton Court the palace is just five minutes walk away. Public transport usually very reliable
The means of travel is by local public railway train and possibly underground or taxi to Waterloo main line railway station (not Waterloo East) in Central London. Hampton Court Palace is within a few minutes walk of Hampton Court railway station.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
40 pounds - This is the per person cost (adult) of buying tickets on the day for the local train (return ticket from London to Hampton Court) and entry fee into the Palace. The entry fee to the palace can be reduced if a family ticket is purchased (max 2 adults + 3 children) and/or online in advance
I can arrange car transport if required in a private vehicle.
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Barry is an excellent guide, very knowledgeable and flexible, very kind and attentive. I highly recommend him!