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Hampton Court Palace
A beautiful house and garden encompassing years of history and landscaped gardens.
History of Hampton Court Palace
Hampton Court Palace spans 500 years of history. It is a beautiful building and is set in landscaped gardens on the riverside. The Royal Apartments are filled with beautiful antiquities and there is a programme of themed events for families. These can range from discovering the Court of William III to the fool school where you can learn how to entertain Henry VIII. You will also find one of the finest collections of Renaissance paintings in Europe, at Hampton Court Palace.
Hampton Court Palace was designed not just to impress but as a home, and today's visitor will encounter both its public and private faces. The formal ceremonies of court life took place in rooms such as Henry VIII's Great Hall, still hung with its original tapestries, his Great Watching Chamber and the resplendent Chapel Royal, as well as William III's magnificent State Apartments. King William's private rooms reveal a more personal side to the palace and the monarch, as do the Georgian Rooms, decorated as they would have been during the final visit of George II's court in 1737, the year Queen Caroline died.
Hampton Court Palace Today
Hampton Court Palace makes an ideal day out when the weather is good, as the setting is perfect and there is plenty of opportunity and space for children to run about and let off steam. The Hampton Court Palace grounds are also home to the famous maze, which is great fun for adults and children alike.
Hampton Court Palace is on the fringes of London, near East Molesey in Surrey, and an easy journey if you are staying at Georgian House Hotel. It takes 30 minutes to get there by train from Waterloo, or alternatively you can take a riverboat from Westminster Pier. There is a special children's playroom for young children with Duplo tables and soft activities and there are good changing facilities. Family trails are available from the Information Centre.
Places to eat at Hampton Court Palace
You can take the whole family out to Hampton Court Palace and make a day of it. There are several places to eat around the palace, and there are restaurants and cafes at the Palace itself where you can have lunch or a snack:
- Tiltyard Cafe - for homemade food that changes seasonally,
- The Snug - a cosy little dining area within the Tiltyard Cafe set aside for special functions,
- Privy Kitchen Coffee Shop - provides hot and cold drinks, cakes and light lunches.
You are also welcome to bring your own food and have a picnic in the grounds.
In the run up to Christmas an icerink is set up in the palace grounds, and skating around in the frosty air, looking out over the ancient palace and bare trees is a magical experience.
Tickets for Hampton Court Palace are fairly expensive although you can buy joint tickets for the Tower of London and Kensington Palace, which are good value.
Visit www.hampton-court-palace.org.uk to find out more about prices, events and opening times at Hampton Court Palace.
Georgian House Hotel is ideally situated in a very central location, so visiting sights all over London is quick and easy. Why not book Georgian House Hotel when you plan your trip to Hampton Court Palace? You can book online or email to make a reservation on firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone on 0044(0)207 834 1438