Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace The home of King Henry VIII 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.
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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 existence, but the elegance and romance of the palace owes much to the elegant baroque buildings commissioned by William and Mary at the end of the 17th century. The palace is surrounded by formal gardens and acres of parkland with a deer that are descendants of the herd once hunted by the Tudor king.

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Happy #ValentinesDay from Hampton Court Palace! ❤️📷 Thanks to LesleyAM13 on Twitter for sharing this swoon-worthy snap o...
14/02/2021

Happy #ValentinesDay from Hampton Court Palace! ❤️

📷 Thanks to LesleyAM13 on Twitter for sharing this swoon-worthy snap of the palace at dawn 😍

For the half-term school holidays, we’ll be opening the gardens at Hampton Court Palace every day until Sunday 21 Februa...
13/02/2021

For the half-term school holidays, we’ll be opening the gardens at Hampton Court Palace every day until Sunday 21 February, so that local families can enjoy our beautiful green spaces for essential exercise within their household groups 🌼

We ask that all our visitors pre-book their tickets in advance and stay local. To ensure that social distancing can be maintained, the Magic Garden and Maze will remain closed.

We're sharing the gardens with our nearby community because we know that at times like this we all need the beauty and tranquillity of green spaces more than ever. If you’d like to support our work maintaining these spaces for people to enjoy, please consider joining us as a member – then you can return to visit our gardens all year round!

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

Wherever and whenever you look in human history, you will find LGBTQ+ lives. And Hampton Court is no exception! 🏳️‍🌈In o...
12/02/2021

Wherever and whenever you look in human history, you will find LGBTQ+ lives. And Hampton Court is no exception! 🏳️‍🌈

In our first blog for #LGBTHistoryMonth, Historic Royal Palaces Collections Curator Matthew Storey takes us on a virtual tour of the palace 👉 bit.ly/lgbthistorytour-blog

06/02/2021
Shire horse training at Hampton Court Palace

Go Bess, go! 🐴

While there aren’t any carriages full of visitors to pull around at the moment, the Hampton Court stables team are ensuring our Shire horses stay busy 💪

Ed MacDowell from Operation Centaur introduces the brilliant work the team are doing to get Bess (mum of our famous foal Hampton Court George!) trained up in time for us to welcome visitors back to the palace.

Welcome to the Hampton Court Palace brickworks! 🧱Right now, work is underway here creating the new bricks needed to repa...
03/02/2021

Welcome to the Hampton Court Palace brickworks! 🧱

Right now, work is underway here creating the new bricks needed to repair a damaged chimney stack, which has been carefully dismantled and brought down from the roof.

As you’d expect, in this workshop we do things the old-fashioned way: each brick is made individually using handmade moulds, and hand-cut and rubbed using traditional tools. This might sound like repetitive work, but as every chimney at Hampton Court is unique, bricks of all sorts of wonderful shapes and sizes are required!

Before the chimney is rebuilt, the new bricks are ‘dry laid’ alongside their much older companions in the workshop, to make sure everything fits together perfectly 🤝 Then the whole chimney stack can be restored to its proper place high up on the roof of the palace, newly strengthened and ready for another century.

Important conservation projects like these are continuing at Hampton Court thanks to crucial funding from Historic England enabling us to carry on our urgent work caring for the palaces 🧡

Here’s a sight for sore eyes… the first signs of spring are emerging at the palace 😍Around this time each year, hardy cy...
02/02/2021

Here’s a sight for sore eyes… the first signs of spring are emerging at the palace 😍

Around this time each year, hardy cyclamens are the first to bring splashes of colour back to The Wilderness 🌸 And their arrival means the daffodils are just around the corner!

These footprints aren’t 2 metres apart 🤨 At least other species are still able to enjoy mass gatherings! The last of the...
31/01/2021

These footprints aren’t 2 metres apart 🤨

At least other species are still able to enjoy mass gatherings! The last of the snow this week led us straight to where the geese have been hosting their secret get-togethers 🔍

On 28 January 1547, infamous monarch Henry VIII died at Whitehall Palace, aged 55.‘Waxed heavy with sickness, age and co...
28/01/2021

On 28 January 1547, infamous monarch Henry VIII died at Whitehall Palace, aged 55.

‘Waxed heavy with sickness, age and corpulence’, Henry had been in poor health for years. He was succeeded by his son Edward VI, who was crowned on 20 February, aged just nine! 👑

One of history’s most iconic and controversial rulers, over his 37 year reign Henry transformed the religious, political and social landscape of England. Find out more 👉 bit.ly/HRPHenryVIII

From this Saturday, we’ll be opening the gardens at Hampton Court Palace each weekend, so that our local community can a...
26/01/2021

From this Saturday, we’ll be opening the gardens at Hampton Court Palace each weekend, so that our local community can access our beautiful green spaces for essential exercise within their household groups 🌼

We ask that all our visitors pre-book their tickets in advance and stay local. To ensure that social distancing can be maintained, the Magic Garden and Maze will remain closed.

We're sharing the gardens with our nearby community because we know that at times like this we all need the beauty and tranquillity of green spaces more than ever. If you’d like to support our work maintaining these spaces for people to enjoy, please consider joining us as a member – then you can return to visit our gardens all year round!

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

*Think warm thoughts* 🥶It’s freezing out there today! ❄️ While we now have gas and electricity to thank for keeping us t...
25/01/2021

*Think warm thoughts* 🥶

It’s freezing out there today! ❄️ While we now have gas and electricity to thank for keeping us toasty through winter, in previous centuries heating even a modest home was no small task. And what about a gigantic royal palace!

In our latest blog, Deputy Chief Curator Sebastian Edwards explores the fascinating history of heating Hampton Court Palace. Pull up a chair by our (virtual) hearth and have a read 👉 bit.ly/heatinghcp-blog

Palace snow day! ❄️Hampton Court is looking even more magical than usual today, tucked under a little blanket of untouch...
24/01/2021

Palace snow day! ❄️

Hampton Court is looking even more magical than usual today, tucked under a little blanket of untouched snow 😍

Stuck at home dreaming of living in a palace? 💭  Our collaboration with Cole & Son Wallpaper has created this gorgeous w...
21/01/2021

Stuck at home dreaming of living in a palace? 💭

Our collaboration with Cole & Son Wallpaper has created this gorgeous wallpaper collection inspired by Hampton Court and the other extraordinary buildings cared for by Historic Royal Palaces, so you can bring the palaces home! 😍

Explore the whole Great Masters collection here 👉 bit.ly/hrp-coleandson

Ugh. #BlueMonday 🙄 On what’s supposedly the most depressing day of the year, we’ve enlisted the help of resourceful roya...
18/01/2021

Ugh. #BlueMonday 🙄 On what’s supposedly the most depressing day of the year, we’ve enlisted the help of resourceful royal Elizabeth I, who chased away ‘melancholy’ with a whole host of entertaining (and socially-distance-able!) pursuits. Here are Elizabeth’s top tips for beating the blues today👇

1️⃣ Exercise! 🏃‍♀️

Elizabeth enjoyed vigorous early morning walks in the grounds of her palaces — although a local park will also do just fine. Particularly fond of the gardens at Hampton Court, the Queen even ordered that windows overlooking her route be blocked up, so that she could stride around in total privacy.

2️⃣ Dance 💃

On rainy days, Elizabeth stayed indoors and practiced her steps. A highly accomplished dancer, she loved to perform energetic routines such as the galliard and volta (the latter involves being thrown several feet into the air by a partner, so maybe don’t attempt that one right away).

3️⃣ Take a bath 🛁

Elizabeth took bath time very seriously. Don’t forget to put some relaxing music on too — the Queen’s luxurious bathroom at Whitehall Palace had an organ in the adjacent room, so she could be serenaded as she bathed!

4️⃣ Pick up a book 📚

Elizabeth was a keen reader in several languages, but especially enjoyed an audiobook (i.e. commanding one of her ladies to read aloud to her). Or if you’re after a challenge, the Queen also liked to distract her mind from the pressures of the state business by translating ancient Greek and Roman texts.

5️⃣ Have a go at handicrafts 🧶

A typical overachiever, Elizabeth excelled at the traditional private pastime of female royals: embroidery. At the age of just 5 she presented her infant brother Edward with ‘a shirt… of her own working’, and she produced exquisitely embroidered manuscript books as gifts too.

6️⃣ Try witchcraft 🧙‍♀️

Ok, not quite, but Elizabeth was secretly fascinated by alchemy — the mysterious art of turning base metals into gold. She had a suite of private rooms at Hampton Court filled with alchemical equipment and potions, where she would hide away for hours with her astrologer Dr John Dee 🔮

ℹ️ Read our Chief Curator Tracy Borman's full blog, with all of Elizabeth’s blues-beating tips here 👉 bit.ly/bluemonday-blog

While it’s sadly been quiet this festive season, the Great Hall at Hampton Court Palace has hosted plenty of raucous Chr...
29/12/2020

While it’s sadly been quiet this festive season, the Great Hall at Hampton Court Palace has hosted plenty of raucous Christmas parties over the centuries 🥂

In our latest blog, curator Brett Dolman reflects on Christmases past, and one of his historical favourites: 1603, when James I retreated to Hampton Court to escape the plague sweeping London. And among the many performers brought along to keep the king and his guests entertained was none other than William Shakespeare and his company of actors, the King’s Men…

Read the blog here 👉 bit.ly/christmas2020-blog

Boxing Day mood 😴
26/12/2020

Boxing Day mood 😴

Santa has one less chimney to worry about at Hampton Court tonight — because it’s in thousands of carefully catalogued p...
24/12/2020

Santa has one less chimney to worry about at Hampton Court tonight — because it’s in thousands of carefully catalogued pieces in our workshops! 🎅

This ornate chimney stack was painstakingly dismantled back in July to allow urgent conservation work to take place. Each brick has been precisely numbered and stored while new bricks are being individually hand-cut to replace the few that are damaged.

Next year we look forward to showing you the process of reassembling the chimney, ensuring that it’s back in its rightful place above Base Court in time for Christmas 2021 🎄

21/12/2020
Christmas Carols from the Palaces

Join us for a special service of Nine Lessons and Carols, with glorious music and readings from the Chapels Royal here at Hampton Court Palace and at the Tower of London 👑

We ask those that can help to donate in support of the costs of organising and broadcasting the service, and help us to keep the spirit of the palaces alive for everyone.

To make a donation from the UK, please text CAROL and the amount you wish to donate to 70460.

(For example, to give £10 text ‘CAROL 10’. You can give £5, £10, £15 or £20. Texts cost the amount of your donation plus one standard rate message.)

Or you can donate from the US via PayPal here 👉 bit.ly/supporthrp-usa

In light of the government announcement to move London and Surrey into Tier 4 of the national Covid-19 Alert Levels and ...
19/12/2020

In light of the government announcement to move London and Surrey into Tier 4 of the national Covid-19 Alert Levels and the request to stay at home, we have made the difficult decision to close the gardens at Hampton Court Palace from 20 December to protect our staff, our visitors and the NHS.

If you have purchased tickets for the coming days, we will be in touch via email. Please bear with us while we work through a very high volume of orders and enquiries. If you have tickets for the Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink, the Arena Ice Customer Service Team will be in touch in the coming days.

Like many organisations, our finances have been devastated by the pandemic, and Historic Royal Palaces now faces a £100 million shortfall this year alone. If you love Hampton Court and believe in what we do, please consider supporting us by donating, or visiting our online shop.

And while it won’t be possible to enjoy the palace and gardens this Christmas time, here online we’ll still be doing our best to keep you entertained at home. Please do keep in touch with us right here on Facebook, and we look forward to welcoming you again in person soon 🧡

Find out how you can support us 👉 hrp.org.uk/support-us
Browse our online shop 👉 historicroyalpalaces.com

This year we’re bringing Christmas at the palace to you! 🎄📡In a normal December the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace...
12/12/2020

This year we’re bringing Christmas at the palace to you! 🎄📡

In a normal December the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace would be filled with music and congregations attending Christmas carol services. But in the spirit of 2020 (you know the drill by now) this year we’re going virtual instead…

Join us online from wherever you are in the world for a special service of Nine Lessons and Carols filmed at Hampton Court and the Tower of London, next Monday 21 December at 6pm GMT 🌍

Although the service will be free to view, we ask everyone who can do so to make a donation to support the costs of organising and broadcasting the service, and to help us in our work keeping the spirit of the palaces alive for everyone.

The event will be broadcast right here on Facebook, as well as on our website, where you can also find out how to make a donation 👉 bit.ly/hrp-palacecarols

Get your skates on ⛸Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink is now open every day until 17 January (apart from Christmas Day, of c...
07/12/2020

Get your skates on ⛸

Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink is now open every day until 17 January (apart from Christmas Day, of course) but tickets are selling fast! Best availability is currently for dates in the new year, so if you’re planning a January Blues-busting palace skating trip we recommend getting it booked soon ⏰

👉 hamptoncourtpalaceicerink.co.uk

05/12/2020
Welcome back to Hampton Court Palace

Look who’s back 🎉

Today’s the day – Hampton Court is ready to welcome you! The palace is dressed up for Christmas, Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink is ready for skaters, and we can’t wait to see you again 🎄

Of course, all the extra safety measures you’d expect, including limited capacity, timed entry and one-way routes, are still in place to ensure we can offer everyone a safe and enjoyable visit.

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

One more sleep 😍All is quiet at Hampton Court right now – but not for long! We can’t wait to welcome you back from tomor...
04/12/2020

One more sleep 😍

All is quiet at Hampton Court right now – but not for long! We can’t wait to welcome you back from tomorrow.

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

Come inside! ✨It’s all go at Hampton Court Palace this week, as we get ourselves dressed up for Christmas and ready to w...
01/12/2020

Come inside! ✨

It’s all go at Hampton Court Palace this week, as we get ourselves dressed up for Christmas and ready to welcome you back. We can’t wait to open both the palace and Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink this Saturday, with limited capacity, timed entry and other safety measures still in place to ensure we can offer everyone a safe and enjoyable visit.

👑 Book the palace: hrp.org.uk/hampton-court-palace
⛸ Book the ice rink: bit.ly/hamptoncourt-icerink

Here come the Shires! 🐴 Hampton Court Palace’s magnificent shire horses have been out and about today for their annual b...
30/11/2020

Here come the Shires! 🐴

Hampton Court Palace’s magnificent shire horses have been out and about today for their annual blessing ceremony.

Although this is a relatively recent tradition at the palace, the concept of blessing animals and ploughs dates all the way back to medieval times.

Usually the horses take this opportunity to show themselves off in front of our visitors, but of course this year everything is different, and with the palace closed today’s ceremony sadly had to be a much more exclusive event!

28/11/2020
Meet preventive conservator Jen Tran

🚨 Career envy warning 🚨

Roaming around an empty Hampton Court Palace early in the morning armed with brushes and a vacuum backpack — could our preventive conservator Jen Tran have the coolest job in the world? 🤔

Of course, while the palace has been closed, the urgent work of maintaining it and our collections has continued uninterrupted. If you love Hampton Court and believe in what we do, we’ve never needed your support more.

Find out how you can help our charity here: hrp.org.uk/support-us

Thank you.

Ready, set, go! While we sadly can’t welcome you inside the palace right now, we still love seeing photos of our neighbo...
16/11/2020

Ready, set, go!

While we sadly can’t welcome you inside the palace right now, we still love seeing photos of our neighbours getting out and enjoying the magnificent gardens 📸

Our outdoor spaces (including the Magic Garden) are open to explore each weekend, until we can hopefully reopen the palace and return to more regular hours next month. Find out more about visiting and book tickets here 👉 hrp.org.uk/hampton-court-palace

Thanks to my_mumlife on Instagram for sharing this sunny #PalacePhoto with us ☀️

Fed up of staring at the same 4 walls? 🙄 Lockdown might have us craving crowded parties and mass gatherings, but back in...
14/11/2020

Fed up of staring at the same 4 walls? 🙄 Lockdown might have us craving crowded parties and mass gatherings, but back in Elizabethan England spending time cooped up in cramped rooms was all the rage!

In our latest blog, HRP curator Eleri Lynn explores the Renaissance concept of ‘multum in parvo’ (‘much in little’), and how looking at Elizabeth I’s lifestyle might help us appreciate the small things during this latest period of lockdown.

Read here 👉 bit.ly/muchinlittle-blog

While we sadly can't welcome you into the palace right now, our online shop is still open! 👑Check out our palace-inspire...
12/11/2020

While we sadly can't welcome you into the palace right now, our online shop is still open! 👑

Check out our palace-inspired games, toys and activities for great ways to keep yourself busy in lockdown, and a great way to support Historic Royal Palaces during this difficult time. The temporary closure of our sites means we’re facing a £100m shortfall this year alone, so any help you can give is hugely appreciated.

Shop the collection here 👉 bit.ly/hrpshop-games

#ShopMuseums

A wonderfully moody sky above the palace on the first weekend of the new lockdown 🌩 While the palace itself is now close...
07/11/2020

A wonderfully moody sky above the palace on the first weekend of the new lockdown 🌩

While the palace itself is now closed, our gardens remain open at weekends to be enjoyed by our neighbours 🌼

Thanks to TomOleary72 on Twitter for sharing this dramatic #PalacePhoto!

04/11/2020

Once again, the West Gate closes at the end of the day as we say goodbye to our visitors for a while 👋

Thank you to everyone who has come to see us at Hampton Court since reopening — your support for our charity at this difficult time means so much. Stay safe, and we can’t wait to welcome you back soon 👑

It’s time to close the gates again 🏰 Hampton Court Palace will close at 5pm tomorrow. It has been our absolute pleasure ...
03/11/2020

It’s time to close the gates again 🏰

Hampton Court Palace will close at 5pm tomorrow. It has been our absolute pleasure to share the palace with you again, and we're so grateful to everyone who has supported our charity during this difficult time by visiting.

However, we’re pleased to confirm that our gardens will stay open for our local community to enjoy in their household groups. Timed entry tickets will be available to book online in the next few days — please check our website for updates.

If you have purchased palace tickets for during the new lockdown period, we will be in touch via email. Please bear with us while we work through a very high volume of orders and enquiries.

Like many organisations, our finances have been devastated by the pandemic. We face a £100 million shortfall this year alone. If you love Hampton Court and believe in what we do, please consider supporting us by donating, or visiting our online shop.

And while it won’t be possible to explore the palace in November, here online we’ll still be doing our best to keep you entertained at home. Please do keep in touch with us right here on Facebook, and we look forward to seeing you again in person soon 🧡

Find out how you can support us 👉 hrp.org.uk/support-us
Browse our online shop 👉 historicroyalpalaces.com

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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.
Well I know Hampton Court has a flamboyant past, but it also seems to have an outrageous Christmas "present" - I am sure I saw a naked grounds' person (or a hyjacker) driving a buggy round the outskirts of the Festive Fayre this afternoon!
I am researching Jane Lane, maid of honour to Mary Princess Royal of Holland. In one of her ( Jane Lane's ) letters to Elizabeth Queen of Bohemia, she implies that in 1660, the princess Mary was lodged at Hampton court. Does Hampton court have any supporting evidence of this happening. Thank you.
Hello! I see that tickets for children apply 5 to 18 years, but how do I record bring two children under 5. I wouldn't want them to be refused entry. Thank you
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