Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace The home of Henry VIII and the Tudor dynasty. Cared for by Historic Royal Palaces, the charity who love and look after six of the most wonderful palaces in the world.
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The flamboyant Henry VIII is most associated with this majestic palace, which he extended and developed in grand style after acquiring it from Cardinal Wolsey in the 1520s. He lavished money on fabulous tapestries and paintings, housed and fed a huge court and pursued a succession of wives, political power and domination over Rome. The Tudor buildings which remain are among the most important in e

The flamboyant Henry VIII is most associated with this majestic palace, which he extended and developed in grand style after acquiring it from Cardinal Wolsey in the 1520s. He lavished money on fabulous tapestries and paintings, housed and fed a huge court and pursued a succession of wives, political power and domination over Rome. The Tudor buildings which remain are among the most important in e

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Getting ready for your summer staycation? Take inspiration from Henry VIII and his ‘summer progresses’ ☀️Around this tim...
16/06/2021

Getting ready for your summer staycation? Take inspiration from Henry VIII and his ‘summer progresses’ ☀️

Around this time each year, the king and his queen (whoever it happened to be) took the royal show on the road and visited different parts of the kingdom — an elaborate event considered essential for fashioning royal image and connecting communities to the monarchy.

Ahead of a free online conference next week on Tudor progresses, our Head of Research Anthony Musson investigates 👉 bit.ly/tudorprogress-blog

📷 Royal Collection Trust

Getting ready for your summer staycation? Take inspiration from Henry VIII and his ‘summer progresses’ ☀️

Around this time each year, the king and his queen (whoever it happened to be) took the royal show on the road and visited different parts of the kingdom — an elaborate event considered essential for fashioning royal image and connecting communities to the monarchy.

Ahead of a free online conference next week on Tudor progresses, our Head of Research Anthony Musson investigates 👉 bit.ly/tudorprogress-blog

📷 Royal Collection Trust

It’s a scorcher out there today! 🥵Luckily our beautiful gardens offer lots of shady spots as well as space for basking i...
13/06/2021

It’s a scorcher out there today! 🥵

Luckily our beautiful gardens offer lots of shady spots as well as space for basking in the sunshine ☀️

📷 Thanks to nattatouillez on Instagram for sharing this perfect summer #PalacePhoto with us.

It’s a scorcher out there today! 🥵

Luckily our beautiful gardens offer lots of shady spots as well as space for basking in the sunshine ☀️

📷 Thanks to nattatouillez on Instagram for sharing this perfect summer #PalacePhoto with us.

Reinstating the Privy Garden’s crowning glory 👑As part of a long-term project to restore our spectacular Tijou Screen, w...
12/06/2021

Reinstating the Privy Garden’s crowning glory 👑

As part of a long-term project to restore our spectacular Tijou Screen, we have reinstalled two of its ornate crowns. One of the crowns has been carefully repaired, but the other (visible in Jean Tijou’s original drawings but long-since lost) has been remade from scratch! But thanks to meticulous use of traditional blacksmithing techniques, you’d never be able to tell which was which 🔍

Both crowns have now been carefully put back in their rightful place atop the Tijou Screen, and not for the first time — here’s the same reinstallation taking place during works way back in 1947!

Watch out, there are Tudors about 👀From this Saturday, Henry VIII’s pike-wielding Yeomen of the Guard will be back on du...
08/06/2021

Watch out, there are Tudors about 👀

From this Saturday, Henry VIII’s pike-wielding Yeomen of the Guard will be back on duty in and around the courtyards each weekend.

And despite their fearsome weapons, they’re a surprisingly friendly bunch! Whether you’re after directions or the latest Tudor gossip, these are the people to ask.

Come and say hello 👉 hrp.org.uk/hampton-court-palace

Watch out, there are Tudors about 👀

From this Saturday, Henry VIII’s pike-wielding Yeomen of the Guard will be back on duty in and around the courtyards each weekend.

And despite their fearsome weapons, they’re a surprisingly friendly bunch! Whether you’re after directions or the latest Tudor gossip, these are the people to ask.

Come and say hello 👉 hrp.org.uk/hampton-court-palace

At 6pm on 7 June 1520 (501 years ago right now!) great rivals Henry VIII and François I of France met near Calais for th...
07/06/2021

At 6pm on 7 June 1520 (501 years ago right now!) great rivals Henry VIII and François I of France met near Calais for the glamping trip of the century: The Field of Cloth of Gold ✨

For the next 18 days, Henry, François and their 12,000 English and French guests called this mini metropolis of tents and temporary buildings home, as they participated in a grand festival to show off the wealth and sophistication of their respective kingdoms 👑

A packed schedule of meetings, tournaments, and religious services kept everyone entertained, while huge kitchen tents catered for lavish banquets. The English shopping list included:

🍷 200,000 litres of wine
🍳 98,000 eggs
🐑 2,000 sheep
🦢 13 swans

Discover the legendary Field of Cloth of Gold this summer at our exhibition #GoldAndGlory 👉 bit.ly/hcp-goldandglory

At 6pm on 7 June 1520 (501 years ago right now!) great rivals Henry VIII and François I of France met near Calais for the glamping trip of the century: The Field of Cloth of Gold ✨

For the next 18 days, Henry, François and their 12,000 English and French guests called this mini metropolis of tents and temporary buildings home, as they participated in a grand festival to show off the wealth and sophistication of their respective kingdoms 👑

A packed schedule of meetings, tournaments, and religious services kept everyone entertained, while huge kitchen tents catered for lavish banquets. The English shopping list included:

🍷 200,000 litres of wine
🍳 98,000 eggs
🐑 2,000 sheep
🦢 13 swans

Discover the legendary Field of Cloth of Gold this summer at our exhibition #GoldAndGlory 👉 bit.ly/hcp-goldandglory

On Sunday 13 June we’ll be hosting a special quiet play session in the Magic Garden 👑During the session we’ll be permitt...
30/05/2021

On Sunday 13 June we’ll be hosting a special quiet play session in the Magic Garden 👑

During the session we’ll be permitting fewer people, and making other adjustments which we hope will help those living with Autism or other sensory needs enjoy our unique interactive play garden with their families and carers.

Find out more and book here 👉 bit.ly/hcp-riseandroar

On Sunday 13 June we’ll be hosting a special quiet play session in the Magic Garden 👑

During the session we’ll be permitting fewer people, and making other adjustments which we hope will help those living with Autism or other sensory needs enjoy our unique interactive play garden with their families and carers.

Find out more and book here 👉 bit.ly/hcp-riseandroar

20/05/2021
Gold and Glory at Hampton Court Palace

Ready for your audience with Henry VIII and François I? 👑 👑

After a year of waiting, this morning we’re finally throwing open the doors to our new exhibition #GoldAndGlory, transporting visitors back to 1520 to explore the legendary meeting of monarchs at the Field of Cloth of Gold.

And the rest of the palace is now back open to explore too! We can’t wait to welcome you back 🧡

Find out more about Gold and Glory and book here 👉 bit.ly/hcp-goldandglory

17/05/2021
Unlocking Hampton Court Palace

Music to our ears 🗝🎵

After months of quiet, this week we’re finally unlocking Hampton Court! As you'd expect, this involves reintroducing lots of heavy old keys to lots of creaky old doors 🤝

We’ll be swinging open the doors to welcome you back inside this Thursday at 10am. Find out more about visiting safely and book tickets here 👉 hrp.org.uk/hampton-court-palace

16/05/2021
Gold and Glory at Hampton Court Palace | Object installation

Just 4 days to go until we unveil unseen Tudor treasures at Hampton Court ✨

A year later than planned, we can’t wait to finally show you #GoldAndGlory, our new exhibition reuniting stunning works of art, manuscripts and clothing from the Field of Cloth of Gold, Henry VIII's legendary encounter with his great rival François I of France 👑

Watch the meticulous installation (in February 2020!) of two of the exhibition’s star items: the Stonyhurst vestments — spectacular cloth of gold robes used at religious services, and a never-before-seen tapestry depicting a bout of wrestling, one the royal summit’s many sporting events.

Find out more about Gold and Glory and book tickets here 👉 bit.ly/hcp-goldandglory

It’s that time of year again: our wise old wisteria has burst into bloom 💜Planted around 1840, this experienced climber ...
15/05/2021

It’s that time of year again: our wise old wisteria has burst into bloom 💜

Planted around 1840, this experienced climber is still going strong after 180 years 💪 And it's in good company — its legendary next-door neighbour the Great Vine was planted in 1768!

Thanks to alex._greene on Instagram for sharing this #PalacePhoto 📷

It’s that time of year again: our wise old wisteria has burst into bloom 💜

Planted around 1840, this experienced climber is still going strong after 180 years 💪 And it's in good company — its legendary next-door neighbour the Great Vine was planted in 1768!

Thanks to alex._greene on Instagram for sharing this #PalacePhoto 📷

13/05/2021
Horrible Histories Live on Stage!

Hide! The Terrible Tudors are on their way back to Hampton Court 😟

Or meet them (if you dare) in the palace’s East Front Gardens at Horrible Histories Live on Stage this half term, with open-air performances taking place every day 29 May - 5 June.

Find out more and book tickets here 👉 bit.ly/hcp-horriblehistories21

Popcorn at the ready — open air cinema is back at Hampton Court Palace this summer! 🍿Enjoy movies under the stars and ag...
08/05/2021

Popcorn at the ready — open air cinema is back at Hampton Court Palace this summer! 🍿

Enjoy movies under the stars and against the backdrop of Hampton Court’s magnificent East Front, with Luna Cinema in residence from 22-25 July.

Tickets are now on sale! Find out more about visiting safely and book here 👉 bit.ly/hcp-lunacinema

Popcorn at the ready — open air cinema is back at Hampton Court Palace this summer! 🍿

Enjoy movies under the stars and against the backdrop of Hampton Court’s magnificent East Front, with Luna Cinema in residence from 22-25 July.

Tickets are now on sale! Find out more about visiting safely and book here 👉 bit.ly/hcp-lunacinema

We love an afternoon stroll around Fountain Court ⛲️📷 Thanks to yankeeedoodle on Instagram for sharing this beautiful #P...
07/05/2021

We love an afternoon stroll around Fountain Court ⛲️

📷 Thanks to yankeeedoodle on Instagram for sharing this beautiful #PalacePhoto.

Our gardens are open to explore all weekend, and we’re counting down the days until 20 May, when we can welcome you back inside too! 👉 hrp.org.uk/hampton-court-palace

We love an afternoon stroll around Fountain Court ⛲️

📷 Thanks to yankeeedoodle on Instagram for sharing this beautiful #PalacePhoto.

Our gardens are open to explore all weekend, and we’re counting down the days until 20 May, when we can welcome you back inside too! 👉 hrp.org.uk/hampton-court-palace

We can’t wait to welcome you into a world of #GoldAndGlory at Hampton Court Palace this summer ✨Opening a year later tha...
06/05/2021

We can’t wait to welcome you into a world of #GoldAndGlory at Hampton Court Palace this summer ✨

Opening a year later than planned, our new exhibition celebrates the 501st (!) anniversary of the Field of Cloth of Gold of 1520, when Henry VIII of England and François I of France came together for a lavish 18-day diplomatic demonstration of wealth and power.

See weaponry, manuscripts and clothing from the legendary event, as well as the magnificent Field of Cloth of Gold painting, and a never-before-seen tapestry which sheds rare light on people of colour in the Tudor period.

Gold and Glory opens at Hampton Court on Thursday 20 May, on the same day we welcome visitors back inside the palace for the first time this year.

Find out more about visiting and book tickets here 👉 bit.ly/hcp-goldandglory

📷 Royal Collection Trust

We can’t wait to welcome you into a world of #GoldAndGlory at Hampton Court Palace this summer ✨

Opening a year later than planned, our new exhibition celebrates the 501st (!) anniversary of the Field of Cloth of Gold of 1520, when Henry VIII of England and François I of France came together for a lavish 18-day diplomatic demonstration of wealth and power.

See weaponry, manuscripts and clothing from the legendary event, as well as the magnificent Field of Cloth of Gold painting, and a never-before-seen tapestry which sheds rare light on people of colour in the Tudor period.

Gold and Glory opens at Hampton Court on Thursday 20 May, on the same day we welcome visitors back inside the palace for the first time this year.

Find out more about visiting and book tickets here 👉 bit.ly/hcp-goldandglory

📷 Royal Collection Trust

🌷 Hanging out among the tulips 🌷📷 Thanks to noleenwj on Instagram for sharing this colourful #PalacePhoto!Sadly it’s the...
01/05/2021

🌷 Hanging out among the tulips 🌷

📷 Thanks to noleenwj on Instagram for sharing this colourful #PalacePhoto!

Sadly it’s the final weekend of our Tulip Festival at Hampton Court, but we still have some availability for Monday to catch our gardens in full bloom 👉 hrp.org.uk/hampton-court-palace

🌷 Hanging out among the tulips 🌷

📷 Thanks to noleenwj on Instagram for sharing this colourful #PalacePhoto!

Sadly it’s the final weekend of our Tulip Festival at Hampton Court, but we still have some availability for Monday to catch our gardens in full bloom 👉 hrp.org.uk/hampton-court-palace

It’s been another beautifully sunny week of tulip festivities at Hampton Court 🌷☀️📷 Thanks to marian__mcnamara on Instag...
25/04/2021

It’s been another beautifully sunny week of tulip festivities at Hampton Court 🌷☀️

📷 Thanks to marian__mcnamara on Instagram for sharing this fab #PalacePhoto of the Pond Garden looking blooming lovely in the spring sunshine!

Find out more about visiting and book tickets here 👉 bit.ly/hcp-tulipfestival21

It’s been another beautifully sunny week of tulip festivities at Hampton Court 🌷☀️

📷 Thanks to marian__mcnamara on Instagram for sharing this fab #PalacePhoto of the Pond Garden looking blooming lovely in the spring sunshine!

Find out more about visiting and book tickets here 👉 bit.ly/hcp-tulipfestival21

#FridayFeeling checklist:✔️☀️✔️🌳✔️🌷It's a beautiful day here at the palace, and our Tulip Festival is in full bloom 😍 Jo...
23/04/2021

#FridayFeeling checklist:
✔️☀️
✔️🌳
✔️🌷

It's a beautiful day here at the palace, and our Tulip Festival is in full bloom 😍 Join us among the flowers until 3 May 👉 bit.ly/hcp-tulipfestival21

#FridayFeeling checklist:
✔️☀️
✔️🌳
✔️🌷

It's a beautiful day here at the palace, and our Tulip Festival is in full bloom 😍 Join us among the flowers until 3 May 👉 bit.ly/hcp-tulipfestival21

It feels like we’ve been waiting for centuries, but we’re delighted to finally say: one month to go until we can welcome...
20/04/2021

It feels like we’ve been waiting for centuries, but we’re delighted to finally say: one month to go until we can welcome you back inside! 🥳

We can’t wait to throw open the doors to Hampton Court’s magnificent indoor spaces from Thursday 20 May.

It’s been an incredibly difficult year for us at Historic Royal Palaces with our sites closed for long periods, but now that we can take the next step towards fully reopening, every paying visitor will help us in our financial recovery.

For the time being, we’ll still be limiting visitor capacity, and asking everyone to pre-book timed tickets in advance and follow our one-way routes while on their visit, to ensure we can offer everyone a safe and enjoyable day with us.

Find out more about visiting and book tickets here 👉 hrp.org.uk/hampton-court-palace

It feels like we’ve been waiting for centuries, but we’re delighted to finally say: one month to go until we can welcome you back inside! 🥳

We can’t wait to throw open the doors to Hampton Court’s magnificent indoor spaces from Thursday 20 May.

It’s been an incredibly difficult year for us at Historic Royal Palaces with our sites closed for long periods, but now that we can take the next step towards fully reopening, every paying visitor will help us in our financial recovery.

For the time being, we’ll still be limiting visitor capacity, and asking everyone to pre-book timed tickets in advance and follow our one-way routes while on their visit, to ensure we can offer everyone a safe and enjoyable day with us.

Find out more about visiting and book tickets here 👉 hrp.org.uk/hampton-court-palace

Thanks to everyone who has joined us so far to experience the tulips in full bloom 😍  📷 We love this #PalacePhoto of Bas...
18/04/2021

Thanks to everyone who has joined us so far to experience the tulips in full bloom 😍

📷 We love this #PalacePhoto of Base Court, shared by euthumia on Instagram.

Our Tulip Festival is on until 3 May 👉 bit.ly/hcp-tulipfestival21

Thanks to everyone who has joined us so far to experience the tulips in full bloom 😍

📷 We love this #PalacePhoto of Base Court, shared by euthumia on Instagram.

Our Tulip Festival is on until 3 May 👉 bit.ly/hcp-tulipfestival21

Following the death of His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh, we have made some changes to opening hours for our gar...
10/04/2021

Following the death of His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh, we have made some changes to opening hours for our gardens at Hampton Court Palace over the coming days.

For more information, please read our FAQs: hrp.org.uk/faqs

Following the death of His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh, we have made some changes to opening hours for our gardens at Hampton Court Palace over the coming days.

For more information, please read our FAQs: hrp.org.uk/faqs

It’s all-go in the gardens at the moment — even our trusty Shire horses are back to work! 😍Hampton Court’s gentle giants...
08/04/2021

It’s all-go in the gardens at the moment — even our trusty Shire horses are back to work! 😍

Hampton Court’s gentle giants will be out and about in the East Front Gardens offering carriage rides every day the palace is open from now until mid-May.

Find out more about the Shire horses and how to pay them a visit here 👉 bit.ly/hcp-shirehorses

It’s all-go in the gardens at the moment — even our trusty Shire horses are back to work! 😍

Hampton Court’s gentle giants will be out and about in the East Front Gardens offering carriage rides every day the palace is open from now until mid-May.

Find out more about the Shire horses and how to pay them a visit here 👉 bit.ly/hcp-shirehorses

07/04/2021
Tulip Festival 2021 at Hampton Court Palace

Our tulips at Hampton Court are just so keen to show themselves off, they’re blooming early! 🌷

We wouldn’t dare argue with all 100,000 of them, so we’re moving our Tulip Festival forward by a few days: book now to enjoy the gardens in full spectacular bloom from 12 April 👉 bit.ly/hcp-tulipfestival21

Happy Easter! Who has started on the chocolate already? 🤭Back in the 18th century, chocolate was a popular but expensive...
04/04/2021

Happy Easter! Who has started on the chocolate already? 🤭

Back in the 18th century, chocolate was a popular but expensive treat enjoyed by the royal court, specially prepared in Hampton Court's very own chocolate kitchen 👩‍🍳🍫

Find out more here 👉 bit.ly/hcp-chocolatekitchen

Happy Easter! Who has started on the chocolate already? 🤭

Back in the 18th century, chocolate was a popular but expensive treat enjoyed by the royal court, specially prepared in Hampton Court's very own chocolate kitchen 👩‍🍳🍫

Find out more here 👉 bit.ly/hcp-chocolatekitchen

🌸 Hampton Court Blossom Appreciation Post 🌸While we wait for 100,000 tulips to bloom in time for our Tulip Festival, ove...
02/04/2021

🌸 Hampton Court Blossom Appreciation Post 🌸

While we wait for 100,000 tulips to bloom in time for our Tulip Festival, over on the other side of the palace the Wilderness is already putting on a spectacular springtime show of its own 😍

Experience the Wilderness in full bloom every day until 18 April 👉 hrp.org.uk/hampton-court-palace

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Hampton Court Palace I wrote a historical fiction on The Tudors and gave Henry VIII a wife that made all of his other marriages null and void. The throne did not get passed down to the princess Elizabeth, it was inherited by someone else. His fully grown son! https://www.facebook.com/104886131783217/posts/105210258417471/?sfnsn=scwspmo
Hi, we've just become members but wondering if we get a visitor free with us like other memberships please? If not how much would a friend have to pay to come with us?
From yesterdays visit....simply stunning...
Will be visiting the Tulip Festival - where is the best place for parking? TYI.
I hope for peace for our Queen
This view of Hampton Court dates from the 19th century and is being sold at auction next Thursday, 15th April with a collection of another 24 engravings and prints of Hampton Court. www.parkerfineartauctions.com
Hi! Please complete and share my survey it is for my dissertation. I am trying to collect sightings of terrapins and help establish a better understanding of the terrapin in UK waterways. I am working to contribute to the Turtle Tally Project and The National Centre for Reptile welfare in Kent https://www.turtletally.co.uk/ and https://www.ncrw.co.uk/. It should take 5-10 mins Depending on if you have seen them or not. Thank you! https://greenwich.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/terrapins-in-the-uk
Hi can you tell me which room this is in the palace and what it was used for. Many thanks
On Saturday, three crazy people visited the Palace and after explaining our purpose to a slightly bemused Joanna, she gave us her blessing to continue. Well, Joanna, I hope you see this and are entertained in what is a really pretty horrible time.