Hampton Court Palace
Hampton Court Palace
4.5
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
About
Visit the famous hedge maze, Tudor knot garden and the state apartments at this splendid red-brick Tudor Palace, which is set in formal gardens and open parkland along the Thames River.
Duration: 2-3 hours
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Tours & experiences
Explore different ways to experience this place.
Top ways to experience Hampton Court Palace
See what travellers are saying
  • katrina
    Melbourne, Australia61 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful day at the the Palace
    I had a wonderful day here yesterday. I booked online and also used the free audio guide. So many great things to see. I spent about 3 hours wondering around all of the Palace rooms and the fab gardens. The tulips are magnificent at this time of year.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written April 20, 2023
  • sheepygold
    5,606 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Delightful tulips, some passed their best. For food head across the river to East Molesey.
    We came here specifically for the tulips and we were not disappointed. Some of them are passed their best but there was still plenty of colour all around the site which was very impressive. We spent a bit more than an hour wandering around. We are Members so didn't feel the need to go inside the palace on this occasion. Dining options are a bit limited in the palace so we crossed the river to East Molesey where there is a good choice of cafes and restaurants.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written April 30, 2023
  • hljones3113
    Mendota, Illinois15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lived up to my Tudor dreams
    We came here mostly due to my Tudor interest. My husband who knows nothing about the Tudors, Reformation, British history in general, loved loved Hampton Court. We had the best time going through the palace and gardens. Was like stepping back into time. Spent a wonderful 3-4 hours here
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 4, 2023
  • janidd
    Paradise, Canada8,888 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Hampton Court
    My husband and I love visiting historic sites and this one did not disappoint. We took our time and explored HenryVIII apartments and the kitchens. We spent lots of time learning about Henry and his wives. We loved the fabulous great hall with tapestries where the trestle tables had quotes from long ago printed, some of them so funny. The Georgian and William III apartments were quite impressive, too. It was a cool misty day, so we didn’t explore the gardens as much as we would have liked, but those we saw were beautiful…and huge! We were here during the Tulip Festival, so we really enjoyed all the colourful flowers. This was such a good visit
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 6, 2023
  • Amanda S
    16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see for those interested in Henry VII and Tudor history
    This is a must see for those interested in Henry VIII and Tudor history. It's easily accessible by train from London. I left London from Waterloo Station, and the Hampton Court station is just a short walk from the palace entrance. The palace has been wonderfully preserved with interesting displays, accompanied with history placards, throughout. Honestly though, my favorite part may have been the beautiful gardens. What a lovely spot to relax after touring the palace. There is also a lovely cafe for a coffee and quick bite.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written May 7, 2023
  • anna z
    Pensacola, Florida470 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must do visit!
    Don’t miss this fantastic castle that was home to Henry VIII. Beautiful gardens, fascinating rooms and kitchens. Headphones included with entry bring it all to life- don’t miss the tennis courts that are still in use by the Royal family.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 15, 2023
  • BRLAAdventurer
    186 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    King Henry the VIII Palace
    This palace was home to King Henry the VIII and William and King George. Fascinating history of the life of Henry. Beautiful grounds. Allow 3-4 hours. Not so easy to get there from London, but navigable.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 26, 2023
  • Ronnie
    Hampshire, United Kingdom19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Easter visit
    Such a fantastic visit to Hampton Court Palace! Visually absolutely spectacular with so much to see, learn and explore. We spent a number of hours there and didn’t quite get around everything we had wanted and therefore will definitely be returning. Lots to do to engage the children, including an outdoor maze (one of the oldest in Britain, commissioned by King William lll) and stunning gardens. Plenty of historical information in each area as well as very knowledgeable members of staff on hand too. On our visit in particular they had live actors which really added to the over all experience and again, really involved the children. Steeped in history, it is an absolute must visit. Bonus that it is on site parking too!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written June 1, 2023
  • Mouse2015
    United Kingdom74 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning festival setting
    Absolutely stunning setting for the festival of open air intimate gigs. Well organised. Well signed. Friendly staff and security Clean and well maintained throughout- the picnic setting was lovely with live warm up music for the main event. Choice of mobile food outlets but be prepared to queue. Pre booked tables were very pretty with individual gazebos and fairy lights which set a great tone. Great evening will be back next year.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written June 15, 2023
  • weirwizard
    Woodbridge, United Kingdom30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best in the world? It is definitely up there.
    An amazingly preserved Palace filled with history and gorgeously set in beautiful Gardens on the banks of the Thames. Last week we visited Granada for a long overdue visit to the Alhambra etc. To our surprise Hampton Court Palace was a better experience. Excellent free audioguide with entrance fee. Easy parking in the Palace.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written June 29, 2023
These reviews are the subjective opinion of Tripadvisor members and not of TripAdvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Most Recent: Reviews ordered by most recent publish date in descending order.

Detailed Reviews: Reviews ordered by recency and descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as waiting time, length of visit, general tips, and location information.

Popular mentions

4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles7,832 reviews
Excellent
5,798
Very good
1,482
Average
314
Poor
138
Terrible
101

937liz
Richmond, New Zealand316 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We got the train easily enough and walked to Palade along with heaps of others and so many families. Be prepared for kids running everywhere. The audio was great but hard to concentrate with little children and so many people about. Loved the gardens and overall a great experience out. So opulent!
Written April 15, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

jmteeth
London, UK116 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The palace is a fabulous place with almost 1,000 years of history
People in costumes roam the courtyards and guides dressed in red coats and others in red Sashes are a mine of information
There are official talks throughout the day and the people giving them are well informed and delivered them in an accessible and friendly manner.
The video stories are informative and entertaining and the collection of works of art are unparalleled.
As an added bonus this next few weeks is a beautiful display of over 100,000 tulips to honour William 111 and Mary 11
Go and see it while the sun is out, you won’t be disappointed.
Written April 13, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Jane55534
4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Really interesting place to visit with quite a lot of signs around. Would have preferred more written information in the rooms. The cafes were very crowded but the food was good. At the ticket desk I was told the price was £30 which included a voluntary donation of £2.50 towards upkeep of the Palace, or £27.50 without. I paid the lower amount but think that attempting to try and embarrass people into giving a “donation” is not acceptable. . . . price should just be the price.
Written April 10, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Christopher C
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Ice Skating at Hampton Court Palace is a truly magical experience for the whole family. And remember to join for the year it will cost a bit more on the day but you get so much more for your money.
Written April 5, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

mattboyles92
Thatcham, UK25 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Had excellent service particularly from Jan and Kirsty as my partner has mobility issues and needed to use lifts and go around via a different route. They both have us lots of information about particular rooms and paintings.

Generally I do think there needs to be more signs to help people get around the palace, especially signposts for lifts and more help points for the disabled.

I love the palace and have been many times and particularly enjoyed this visit. Especially as we managed to get tickets for a £1 each which help people in this cost of living crisis.
Written March 26, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Catherine B
South East England, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
A great day out had by the whole family. Their Easter trail was fun and a good way to learn about historical figures linked to the palace. Our child loved the magic garden play area which was well themed and great fun to play in. The tapestries were stunning and as it was a weekend there were people dressed up and bringing history to life. They were knowledgeable and keen to share what their roles would have been in history. The costumes were amazing and every member of staff we interacted with were polite and passionate about the work they were doing. The horse and carriage ride was great too.
Written March 23, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Mike
Glossop, UK641 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Very interesting and extensive palace to visit. Lots of history, Tudor and Georgian. Quite pricy at £30 though. Gardens are lovely and there is also an amazing royal art collection to see.

Very busy with “crocodiles” of small noisy school children the day I visited! I repeated the tour around the house later when it was a bit quieter.
Written March 15, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Johnfrisbee
Christchurch, UK2,662 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
An absolutely terrific slice of history, plenty for everyone!
We arrived via Hampton Court railway station, for the gentle 5min stroll to the Palace. Scenic and flat. (Just over the river Thames bridge to your right - you can't miss it.)
Entry was easy and the staff helpfully answered whatever questions we had.
We visited every room, nook, cranny, stairs that was open, reading every information sign along the way. The signs are so informative, giving meaning, depth and context to what we were looking at. Very helpful, as we'd forgotten to buy guided tour headsets!! (The more signs the better please!)
A roaring log fire in one of the Palace kitchens, "thrones" you can sit on, amazing architecture, stories, views, painting, armoury room, Henry VIII and his 6 wives' portraits and info, and much more.
And outside, beautiful gardens, the largest grape vine in the world, topiary, orchard, lovely views of the Castle, lots of space, walks - and the Maze of course!
We loved it all, and it's great value.
We enjoyed our light lunch in the indoor/outdoor cafe too. Again, good value.
Everywhere the staff were so helpful, kind and eager to answer the questions we had. Thanks to you all. Good shop as well.
It's an old building, so some parts are not wheelchair etc accessible/steps, but there are enough ramps to give access to most of the main areas. And the gardens are pretty level too.
We were there for around 4 or 5 hours, and could have lingered longer.
We strolled back to the railway station along the riverbank, where we spotted a heron, and read more fascinating signage. So much local history here!
If you've read this and visit this wonderful place, I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
Written March 12, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Sharon B
United Kingdom42 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Never got there as their website had one fault after another. Could never get to buy tickets. Tried from two different computers. Useless
Written March 6, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Linda S
Dymchurch, UK7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
A wonderful complete palace so steepted in history, but so well preserved. We visited the whole palace with the use of an audio aid and guide book which I would highly recommend. Audio is free to use and guide book is £6.00 but full of colour pictures. Extensive well maintained garden's which were lovely for a long walk on our visit. Only downside i feel is the fact you pay quite a lot for entry and they still charge you for parking.
Written March 6, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Showing results 1-10 of 7,019
Is this your Tripadvisor listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim your listing

Hampton Court Palace - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (2024)

Frequently Asked Questions about Hampton Court Palace





All East Molesey HotelsEast Molesey Hotel Deals
All things to do in East Molesey
RestaurantsFlightsVacation RentalsTravel StoriesCruisesRental Cars