Hampton Court Palace- Day Trip From London

Hampton Court
Hampton Court

Hampton Court Palace was built in the early 1500’s originally by Thomas Wolsey, but eventually finished by King Henry VIII. We took a day trip with the family to see all the royal splendor. In the winter, when we were there, the hours were shortened but there was a very cool light show in the evening all around the palace grounds. There’s also a fun hedge maze included with the price of admission.

TIP: At the time we went, we purchased a one week London Travelcard and with that were eligible to get 2 for 1 admissions to many places around London, including Hampton Court (which was a big savings). For more on the 2 for 1 deal, read this.

Hampton Court
Hampton Court
Hampton Court Garden
Hampton Court Garden
Hampton Court Kitchen Garden
Hampton Court Kitchen Garden

The kitchen gardens (above) were located near the parking lot and were surprisingly well planted. There were also public restrooms near here should you need them.

And then there were dragons…

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Hampton Court
Hampton Court
Hampton Court

Love the brickwork (says the mason’s granddaughter). Each chimney had a different pattern (above and below).

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Hampton Court Kitchens
Hampton Court Kitchen
Hampton Court Kitchen

The kitchens were my favorite part (no surprise there, right?). The were in a separate building in a series of rooms, staged as is they were still active. I love to see how people lived in the past so this was especially interesting.

I would have loved to participate in their Live Historic Cookery program had I been there in summer.

Hampton Court Kitchen
Hampton Court Kitchen
Hampton Court Kitchen
Hampton Court Kitchen
Hampton Court Formal Garden
Hampton Court Formal Garden

The well manicured formal gardens and the waning winter light looked like a painting (above).

Hampton Court
Hampton Court

The king’s throne, above, and ….below.

Hampton Court Commode
Hampton Court Commode

 

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Hampton Court

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Hampton Court
Hampton Court
Hampton Court
Hampton Court
Hampton Court-staging area for the dining room.

 

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Hampton Court
Hampton Court
Hampton Court

Perhaps an inspiration for Game of Thrones?

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Hampton Court
Hampton Court
Hampton Court
Hampton Court
Hampton Court

Below, part of the “Encounters with the Past” daily presentation with actors in costume.

Hampton Court
Hampton Court
Hampton Court
Hampton Court

That’s one big fireplace!

Hampton Court
Hampton Court

While we were there, there was an exhibit of period clothing made out of white paper.

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Hampton Court
Hampton Court
Hampton Court
Hampton Court

The holiday light show…

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Hampton Court
Hampton Court
Hampton Court
Hampton Court
Hampton Court

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Shirley Twyford says:

    Excellent photos. Looks like a must-see for next time in England.

    1. Thanks! It’s a fun day out for sure.

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