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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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

Ready to go ghostbusting? 😱Things are getting spooky this half term… Pick up a free ghost trail map when you visit, and ...
26/10/2020

Ready to go ghostbusting? 😱

Things are getting spooky this half term… Pick up a free ghost trail map when you visit, and discover centuries of spine-tingling encounters at the palace 👻

Halloween costumes are encouraged, and we’d love to see your outfits! Can you take a scary snap at Hampton Court more convincing than this early 20th century postcard? Share your best spooky selfies by tagging us and using hashtag #PalacePhoto 📸

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

On 24 October 1537, Queen Jane Seymour died at Hampton Court Palace, just 12 days after giving birth to her son Edward. ...
24/10/2020

On 24 October 1537, Queen Jane Seymour died at Hampton Court Palace, just 12 days after giving birth to her son Edward.

As the long-awaited son and heir that her husband Henry VIII had been praying for, the arrival of Edward on 12 October was greeted with celebrations across England. 2,000 rounds of ammunition were fired from the Tower of London, and a lavish christening ceremony was held in the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court.

Though Jane initially seemed to be recovering well from giving birth, within a few days she began to weaken, complaining of nausea. Surrounded by attendants and doctors doing all they could, her condition rapidly detiorated and she died just before midnight on 24 October.

Truly devastated, Henry railed against 'divine providence' for tainting the joy of his son's birth with 'the bitterness of death'.

Less than a month to go until we take to the ice! ⛸️Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink opens on 20 November for six magical w...
23/10/2020

Less than a month to go until we take to the ice! ⛸️

Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink opens on 20 November for six magical weeks of skating in front of the palace 👑

Find out more and book tickets: bit.ly/hcp-icerink

Ready to meet some ghosts? 👻 Tonight Lucy Worsley and her guests have got a date with some of Hampton Court Palace’s fam...
21/10/2020

Ready to meet some ghosts? 👻

Tonight Lucy Worsley and her guests have got a date with some of Hampton Court Palace’s famous phantoms, exploring the history behind the spooky stories that have fascinated us for centuries.

Though this online event will be free to join, we’re asking for a suggested donation of £10, or whatever you can afford. As an independent charity reliant on ticket income and donations to fund our work, we’re facing unprecedented challenges, and any support you can give will be put towards our essential costs caring for the palaces. Thank you.

Dare to join us? We’ll be live online at 7pm BST 👉 bit.ly/ghosts-talk

Happy birthday, Sir Christopher Wren! 🎈Our favourite Baroque starchitect and the go-to guy for royal renovations and maj...
20/10/2020

Happy birthday, Sir Christopher Wren! 🎈

Our favourite Baroque starchitect and the go-to guy for royal renovations and major building projects in late 17th-century England was born on 20 October 1632 🎂 Without Christopher’s input, Hampton Court Palace may have ended up looking very different…

Having studied physics at the University of Oxford, it was a trip to Paris in 1665 that introduced Wren to the grand, highly decorative Baroque architectural style that would profoundly influence his building designs. His big break came just a year later, when in the aftermath of the Great Fire of London his office was given the monumental task of overseeing the rebuilding of 52 City churches destroyed by the blaze, including St Paul’s Cathedral. In 1669 he was appointed Surveyor of the King’s Works by Charles II 👑

It was in this role that Wren was responsible for the transformation of both Kensington Palace and half of Hampton Court Palace. Thankfully, his grand plan for Hampton Court wasn’t fully realised — the original idea had been to demolish the whole Tudor palace and start from scratch! 😥

Architecture as a distinct discipline didn’t really exist in the 17th century, so as well as designing buildings Wren also kept himself busy as a pioneering mathematician, physicist, astronomer, and anatomist. He lived to the amazing old age of 90 years old, and died in London in 1723.

Even when the weather is less than lovely there’s still so much beauty to be found here at Hampton Court Palace 😍🍂 Thank...
19/10/2020

Even when the weather is less than lovely there’s still so much beauty to be found here at Hampton Court Palace 😍🍂

Thanks to rebecamartins.photo on Instagram for sharing this reflective #PalacePhoto! Tag us in your pics from trips to the palace to join in next time 📸

Something spooky this way comes… 😱 Ok, this early 20th-century postcard might not be that convincing, but Hampton Court ...
17/10/2020

Something spooky this way comes… 😱

Ok, this early 20th-century postcard might not be that convincing, but Hampton Court Palace DOES have an illustrious history of things going bump in the night 👻

Next Wednesday evening join our resident ghostbusters Chief Curator Lucy Worsley, State Apartment Warder Sarah Slater and Buildings Curator Dan Jackson for a live online exploration of Hampton Court’s spookiest stories and where they came from.

Though this online event will be free to join, we’re asking for a suggested donation of £10, or whatever you can afford. As an independent charity reliant on ticket income and donations to fund our work, we’re facing unprecedented challenges, and any support you can give will be put towards our essential costs caring for the palaces. Thank you.

See you on Crowdcast at 7pm BST on Weds 21st (if you dare) 👉 bit.ly/ghosts-talk

“The Queen is always right” 👑Alongside over 10,000 items of clothing, our Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection also holds a...
13/10/2020

“The Queen is always right” 👑

Alongside over 10,000 items of clothing, our Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection also holds an amazing collection of design sketches from the history of royal fashion.

These sketches were created by Ian Thomas, one of HM The Queen’s favourite designers, in the 1970s and 80s. Ahead of events, Thomas would be invited to submit working drawings for his bespoke designs, and HM would choose her favourites and suggest changes.

Thomas famously declared that “The Queen is always right” — not just because he deferred to her, but because after decades of selecting outfits for royal duties, she usually knows what works best!

If you’d like to learn more about royal fashion this autumn, we have just the thing: our online FutureLearn fashion history course with University of Glasgow is underway again! 👗

Find out more and join the course for free here: bit.ly/royalfashion-mooc

On 12 October 1537, the future King Edward VI was born at Hampton Court Palace 👑 Of course, preparing for a birth is alw...
12/10/2020

On 12 October 1537, the future King Edward VI was born at Hampton Court Palace 👑

Of course, preparing for a birth is always tricky and usually expensive, but what if the new parents are King Henry VIII and Queen Jane Seymour? HRP Chief Curator Tracy Borman goes behind the scenes of this momentous royal arrival at the Tudor court in our latest blog 👉 bit.ly/edwardvi-blog

Tonight! 📺 The brilliant Alison Hammond is heading Back To School, rediscovering some of the Black figures whose stories...
06/10/2020

Tonight! 📺 The brilliant Alison Hammond is heading Back To School, rediscovering some of the Black figures whose stories have been hidden in Britain’s history. And what history trip would be complete without a visit to Hampton Court? 😍

Join us tonight at 9pm on ITV and ITV Hub 👉 link.itv.com/2ETli0K

#AlisonBackToSchool #BlackHistoryMonth

It’s miserable out 🌧 Time to escape inside!Thanks to krokbozena on Instagram for sharing this gorgeous #PalacePhoto of t...
03/10/2020

It’s miserable out 🌧 Time to escape inside!

Thanks to krokbozena on Instagram for sharing this gorgeous #PalacePhoto of the King’s Staircase at #HamptonCourtPalace, with its awesome murals by Italian Baroque painter Antonio Verrio 🎨

Tag us in your photos of visits to the palaces to join in next time 📸

As the weather turns cold and wet and 2020 rolls on, here’s a bit of good news: Lucy Worsley and guests are back for an ...
02/10/2020

As the weather turns cold and wet and 2020 rolls on, here’s a bit of good news: Lucy Worsley and guests are back for an autumn series of online curator talks! 🥳

Join Lucy and fellow Historic Royal Palaces curators Tracy Borman and Jane Spooner for a discussion of ‘The Last Days of Anne Boleyn’, live on Crowdcast on Weds 7 October, 7pm BST.

Though this online event will be free to join, we’re asking for a suggested donation of £10, or whatever you can afford. As an independent charity reliant on ticket income and donations to fund our work, we’re facing unprecedented challenges, and any support you can give will be put towards our essential costs caring for the palaces. Thank you.

Find out more and register here 👉 bit.ly/boleyn-talk

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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
This superb watercolour sketch of Old Hampton Court Bridge by Thomas Shotter Boys (1803-1874) will be sold at auction on 26th November (lot 86) www.parkerfineartauctions.com
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