Explore Hampton Court Palace and King Henry VIII Apartments: a king amongst historical royal palaces

Hampton Court Palace

Discover the magnificence of Henry VII’s favourite royal residence, and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the bustling Base Court and marvel at the breath-taking grandeur of Henry's State Rooms.

In the winter months discover Hampton Court ice skating, demonstrate your elegance and skill as you glide across the open-air rink under a star-covered sky against the spectacular backdrop of the historic Tudor palace.

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Car journey time from London:

  • 1 hr - 18 miles / 29 km

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Exclusive Private Tours of Hampton Court Palace

We are delighted to offer you two options for your visit to Hampton Court Palace. The highest calibre guides are included in both options, to ensure that you really learn the extraordinary secrets of one of the most beautiful palaces in the country.

We can offer you the opportunity to experience being the only visitors in the Palace. Your guide will lead you through the magnificent rooms from the Tudor Palace loved by Henry VIII, through to the more modern Baroque style created during the seventeenth century. Discover how the Tudor Court was fed in 1530 and uncover Shakespeare's theatre in the Great Hall! Your expert guide will lead you through Henry VIII’s state apartments recounting tales of the Tudor Court and bringing the Palace to life.

Explore our beautiful formal gardens that run down to the River Thames, featuring sparkling fountains, glorious displays of over 1 million flowering bulbs and 750 acres of tranquil royal parkland with one of our knowledgeable guides. The Cumberland Art Gallery at Hampton Court houses a changing display of paintings from the Royal Collection, reflecting the palace’s long history as a place to see great art. Discover magnificent artworks by Rembrandt, van Dyck, Gainsborough and other great artists on a private tour led by an expert guide.  

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Early Morning Private Tour

Starting at 9am you will have the Palace completely to yourselves for an hour before it opens to the general public. The tour last for two hours and includes breakfast in a private apartment after your tour. You can then choose how to make the most of the rest of your morning: The Palace gardens are wonderful and include the world-famous maze, in which it is far too easy to get lost! 

Private Guided Tour of the Palace and Gardens

Did you know that Henry VIII was the first to start breeding Shire horses? He wanted a Great War Horse, capable of carrying a knight in full armour. He even forbade the export of horses to ensure that the enemy would never be able to breed a horse to match his "Shires". Still classed as the largest horses in the world and even rarer than the Giant Panda, we welcome you to come and meet the descendants of Henry's great horses at Hampton Court Palace.

Meet the Palace's footmen and beautiful shire horses before you climb aboard your very own carriage and are taken around the Great Fountain and Home park for a 45 minute carriage ride as the world wakes up around you. Upon arrival back to the palace you will enjoy a delicious breakfast in a private apartment. The tour includes your personal guide and starts at 9am for 3 hours.  

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Private Evening Tour

View the majestic splendour of Hampton Court Palace in a different light as dusk starts to set. Evening tours last up to 1 hr 30 mins, starting at 18:30 GMT (14:30 EST / 13:30 CST / 11:30 PST) and 17:30 in winter months.


If you dare, explore the spooky corridors of Hampton Court Palace after dusk. Hear the stories of ghostly apparitions and paranormal activity, experience the unique atmosphere of King Henry's Apartments and creep down the infamous Haunted Gallery on your own.

All tours are available Monday - Friday, excluding Bank Holidays. Children over 12 only. A weekend supplement applies and the opportunity to extend your time with your tour guide is also available.  

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King Henry VIII Apartments

Elevate your visit to Hampton Court with a personal guide and a private apartment to enjoy some delicious refreshments. Opening out into the Great Fountain Garden, Apartment 6 is the perfect setting from which to explore the myriad of spaces within the palace. Your experience will last for 3 hours, between 10:00 - 17:00, and you can choose from breakfast, a light lunch or afternoon tea.

Roof Top Views
Be captivated by history with this privileged view of the palace and gardens – and see if you can spot London’s Shard building in the distance. Explore the history of the palace from the roof.

Unfortunately, owning to the nature of the roof, this tour is not suitable for children under the age of twelve. Should the weather prohibit access onto the roof, the tour shall take place within Henry VIIIs apartments.

Costumed actors are on-site daily with plays and presentations about the history of Hampton Court Palace. These performances last anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour - some may even require audience participation.  

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