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Hampton Court Palace Introduction
Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace

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Hampton Court Palace was a royal residence from the 1520s when King Henry VIII took over its development from Cardinal Wolsey. Its many royal occupants have ensured the palace has stunning furnishings, tapestries, and paintings.

Hampton Court Palace contains an important part of the largest private collection of art in the world, the Royal Collection, the property of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. This collection at Hampton Court contains material from the 16th, 17th, and early 18th centuries.

The Hampton Court Palace estate includes 60 acres of formal gardens, requiring 200,000 flowering bulbs each year and another 40,000 plants grown in the nursery.

In 1689, Sir Christopher Wren demolished large parts of the Tudor palace and began building a new palace for King William III and Queen Mary II.

By 1760, George III became king and abandoned Hampton Court as a royal residence.

In 1838, Queen Victoria opened the gardens and state apartments to the public free of charge.

It is no longer free (see ticket information) but is well worth a visit.

Visitor Tips

1. Photography Rules
General photography, without flash, for personal, non commercial use is allowed within the palace and gardens, with the exception of the Chapel Royal and Royal Pew.

2. No Mobile Phones
The use of mobile telephones is prohibited within the confines of the buildings.
    Hampton Court Palace Resources
  1. Hampton Court Palace Introduction
  2. Getting to Hampton Court Palace
  3. Opening Hours
  4. Hampton Court Palace Ticket Information
  5. Family Activities
  6. Access Information
  7. Hampton Court Palace Highlights

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