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Hampton Court Palace Travel Course

Exploring Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace is the former home of the flamboyant King Henry VIII. He extended and developed this grand palace after acquiring it in the 1520s and its many royal occupants have furnished the palace with decadent tapestries and paintings throughout the centuries. Set in 60 acres of formal gardens, including the famous maze and Great Vine, this palace is well worth a visit. The palace was opened to the public during Queen Victoria's reign and although no longer a royal residence, parts of it are occupied by individuals granted "grace and favor" apartments by the monarch. Hampton Court Palace is a wonderful place to spend a day and offers numerous unique visitor experiences, from royal feasts to overnight stays.

Accommodations near Hampton Court Palace

London caters for every type of traveler from budget backpackers to high-brow hunters. Choose from a wide selection of stays, from classic British hotels to quirky boutiques, inexpensive hostels to serviced apartments. Whatever you decide upon, however, you aren’t likely to spend much time locked up indoors as London’s busy streets will beckon you away. Near the Hampton Court Palace, you can stay at Carlton Mitre Hotel, Holiday Inn London - Kingston South or Antoinette Hotel - Kingston.

Sightseeing near Hampton Court Palace

Exploring the Hampton Court Palace will take you a long time, there are so many attractions within it to visit. Hampton Court is one of those places where you can spend a couple of hours or a day. The Palace itself is split into three major sections broadly corresponding to phases in its development. The most popular is the Tudor section with Tudor kitchens and great Hall. The driest is probably the Georgian section. For each section there is a complementary audio guide. Throughout the day there are interesting demonstrations to supplement the audio tours along the routes. So its a bit like scheduling your visit to a zoo so you see the various feeding times. Demonstrations are on things like musical instruments in Tudor times, the life of a maid or expert talks on some of the paintings. There are also costumed characters that do scheduled talks in the grounds. These are relatively lightweight but are good for kids. To 'do' the whole Palace will take you half a day. However, if you find that you still have some leftover time (or the energy) Richmond Park is worth a visit.

Transportation near Hampton Court Palace

The most direct option to Hampton Court is by rail from London's Waterloo Station. A commuter service makes many stops before finally terminating at Hampton Court Station - the end of the line. Vauxhall, Wimbledon and Clapham Junction are handy stops along the line with good connections to London hotel districts not convenient for Waterloo. From Hampton Court Station you then simply have to cross the River Thames by Hampton Court Bridge and you're there. Trains run generally every 30 minutes.