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London: Secrets of Hampton Court Palace Guided Tour

Activity provider: The History Guides

London: Secrets of Hampton Court Palace Guided Tour

Activity provider: The History Guides
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From US$ 183.82 US$ 165.44 per group up to 15

Join your historian guide, from television's 'Secrets of Henry VIII's Palace' to discover Hampton Court, on a private bespoke tour tailored just for you.

About this activity

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Duration 1.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Wheelchair accessible
Private group

Experience

Highlights
  • See the Tudor and Baroque State Apartments of Henry VIII and William III
  • Learn about King Henry’s decline from athletic prince to bloated tyrant
  • Dig deeper and find hidden stories of ghosts, executions, and history
  • Get the most out of your tour with a published historian as your guide
Full description
This is a private tour, just for you, so can be tailored exactly to your requirements. You can say in advance, or even on the day, what interests you most - whether it be tapestries, art and magnificence or simply the strange and amusing tales of a Royal Court. The tour on request can be designed to suit children. Step back in time to 1540, imagine the colors, sights, sounds and smells. What was it really like to live, work and eat at Hampton Court and how did people dress? The Great Hall has hardly changed since Henry's time, show off his wealth and power. Visit the Haunted Gallery, where you might see the ghost of Queen Catherine Howard, as well as original paintings from the Royal Collection. The beautiful Chapel Royal has the finest 16th century ceiling in England, studded with blue and gold, while the King's colorful royal beasts can be seen outside in a charming Tudor Garden. A story of two amazing palaces, a Tudor palace made famous by Henry VIII, alongside a 17th century Baroque palace built by William & Mary, with stunning gardens. Why did the British come to have a Dutch king in 1688 and what was he doing at Hampton Court? Find out more about William of Orange, see fabulous interiors including royal bedrooms and look out onto his magnificent Privy Garden as you explore the palace inspired by Versailles! Join a tour with Siobhan Clarke, who has a BA in History and a Teaching Certificate. She has worked at Hampton Court for 20 years and is passionate about sharing her knowledge of the palace and making every visitor experience the best it can be - inspiring and fun. Siobhan is a Member of the Institute of Tourist Guiding. She has featured on BBC radio and PBS television's 'Secrets of Henry VIII's Palace' and is the author of four books on Tudor history and art. She also lectures for the US Smithsonian and the UK Arts Society.
Includes
  • Tour with historian guide
  • Entrance ticket
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Transportation to/from attractions
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Masks are optional for this activity

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Meeting point

Upon arrival at the Hampton Court Palace, pass through the first gate (Trophy Gate), then keep walking up to the palace entrance (West Front Gate). Meet your guide up the main drive in front of the West Front Gatehouse.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Please note that palace tickets are not included in the price and must be purchased either on the Hampton Court Palace website or onsite.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved
  • There are opportunities to sit during the tour
  • Slow pace available on request
  • Tour will be adapted to suit all ages, interests, and abilities
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 17 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Value for money
    4.9/5
  • Service
    5/5
  • Organization
    5/5

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November 14, 2022

Our guide was Siobhan. She was informative, tailored the tour to suit our interests and patiently answered all if my 7 year oldest questions. We had a very memorable time at the palace!

October 18, 2022

My guide was exceptional! She tailored my trip by what my interests were. She pointed out a lot of things that you may miss. And she steered me towards other areas of the palace once we were done.

September 19, 2022

Product ID: 167501