You’ve heard the stories: the love, the distrust, the conspiracies, the politics, and, of course, the executions. On our guided tour, you will travel inside Hampton Court Palace. Retrace the footsteps of King Henry VIII and his wives. Uncover the plots and power struggles of Cardinal Wolsey and the nobility of the king’s court.
The words “I will love you for the rest of your life,” certainly make one contemplate how fraught things were for the women who caught the king’s eye.
Not to be outdone by the Tudors, King William and Queen Mary II certainly put their royal stamp on the palace by commissioning Sir Christopher Wren to build an elegant new baroque palace, later enjoyed by the Georgians. The state rooms to the royal apartments provide, not only a regal insight but a more intimate experience of how the royals lived during the Renaissance.
Learn about English royal history as you walk in the footsteps of the Tudors and the Stuarts: From the Haunted Gallery at the Tudor wing, where Catherine Howard pleaded for her life, to the magnificence of King William III’s Throne Room in the baroque aspect.
Put the bustle of 21st-century life behind you and experience something unique and truly unforgettable on this private tour.
With extensive experience in delivering many private tours, John will share many stories and insights of the English royal court and the way of life.
N.B. Unlike most of our private tours, entrance tickets are not included with this tour for logistical reasons. The meeting point is by the palace’s main ticket office. Please enquire before purchasing any tickets before booking this tour. Trains operate regularly from London Waterloo Station to Hampton Court railway station which is only a 10-minute walk away.
Love the Tudors? See our Tudor Day Tour of both Hampton Court Palace and Hever Castle (the former family home of Anne Boleyn) on the same day which includes a tour by vehicle to the beautiful Weald of Kent.
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