Eat Sleep Shoot Travel at Hampton Court Palace

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Hampton Court Palace is one of my favourite royal palaces, located on the banks of the River Thames in the Borough of Richmond, it is one of the most visited historic sites , with approximately half a million visitors per year.
20140714-231913-83953719.jpgHampton court is located 40 minutes outside of London easily accessible by a direct train from London Waterloo, and due to its West London location could also be easily visited on a Heathrow stopover though I would suggest catching a cab which takes about 20/40 mins depending on the time of day and costs approx £30 each way. It is possible to get there on public transport but I would allow at least 90 mins each way.
20140714-235248-85968154.jpgHampton Court was originally built for Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, a favourite subject of King Henry VIII, as Wolsey fell from favour, the palace was passed to the King, who enlarged it.
20140714-233602-84962148.jpgAs well as the main house there are lavish gardens of over 60 acres that feature fountains, and displays of over 200,000 flowering bulbs as well as the world famous maze, its one of the oldest surviving hedge maze in the UK, which includes half a mile of pathways.

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The inside of the Palace is equally lavish containing the Great medieval Hall, as well as huge kitchens capable of catering for feasts for 600.

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Its easy to spend as little as a couple of hours to a whole day here, there are cafés on site, frequent family activity days as well as concerts in the grounds and the Hampton Court Flower Show held once a year in July. For opening times and entrance fees check out the official Royal Palaces website here http://m.hrp.org.uk

20140715-005014-3014062.jpgIf your feeling adventurous and fancy seeing more the the waterway you catch the river boat back into Westminster Pier which is located by Big Ben, it takes a leisurely 3 hours each way. Find out more info here http://wpsa.co.uk

18 comments

  1. Hampton Court I think is highly underrated. I loved visiting it and didn’t mind the extra effort it takes to get there. I didn’t know you could get a boat all the way there though. Great tip!

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  2. I never knew Hampton Court was accessible right off the Tube – that’s good to know for the future, considering London is bound to be a layover eventually for us.

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    • You can catch the train direct from Waterloo , if you want to take the tube you can take the district line to Richmond and catch a river boat up the Thames for the last leg ( about an hour ) ….

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  3. Hampton Court is great, but we are so lucky to be blessed with fantastic castles and palaces in London and all over the UK. Hever in Kent is another brilliant one (home of Anne Boleyn) and of course, the Tower of London itself.

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