Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace

The old countryside royal residence of the British monarchs, Hampton Court Palace, will remain in your memory: delicate handling of English traditions and incredible amounts of flowers and colours, especially if you visit it in summer. The Palace is located in the south-west part of the capital, in the borough of Richmond, on the right bank of the Thames.

In April 2015 Hampton Court celebrated its 500th anniversary. Hampton Court Palace is one of England's largest and grandest structures, a beautiful blend of Tudor and 'restrained baroque' architecture. Hampton Court Palace has been reconstructed and extended not once in accordance with the tastes and requests of the royal family but was always loved by the monarchs thanks to its romantic architecture and dislocation in the scenic place. Architecture of the Palace includes several styles, now it is the most beautiful building of red bricks and white stone. Tourists enter the territory of the Palace through the Gatehouse with the columns and king's beasts including the lion of England and the Seymour unicorn. The Palace is surrounded by the pond with fountains and a channel.

Inside, the building displays the interiors that witnessed the grand life of royal personalities. On the ground floor, there is the gallery that houses pictures of many beautiful ladies who shined in the rooms of Hampton Court. Go to the first floor to see the royal chambers, grand halls, dining rooms. In good weather do not forget to get lost in the 300-year-old maze in 24 hectares of riverside gardens. Remember the characters of Jerome's novel Three Men in a Boat wandering inside the maze? Every single tourist gets excited to see the maze and get through it.

Visit the official website to see the schedule and check out the days of family events and festivals. Annual international Hampton Court Palace Flower Show traditionally attracts a lot of visitors. Musicians performing in different genres - from classic music to contemporary and rock come to the Hampton Court Palace Music Festival.

Hampton Court is 13 miles southwest of central London and is easily reached by train from Waterloo (30 minutes). Alternatively, one can use the riverboats that head from Westminster Pier. Admission fee is about £18. It’s better to spend the whole day visiting the Hampton Court. There are 3 cafes in case you are hungry. Another cosy countryside of London frequently visited by the tourists is Hampstead that houses luxurious mansions of famous personalities and beautiful view points, and green peaceful park Hampstead Heath.

Address: East Molesey, Surrey
Opening hours: Apr-Oct Mon-Sun 10 am – 6 pm (enter before 5 pm), ticket office till 5 pm; Nov-Mar Mon-Sun 10 am - 4:30 pm , ticket office till 3:30 pm. Closed Dec 24-26.
How to reach: closest tube stations Wimbledon, Richmond, but better by train (every 30 min) from London Waterloo to Hampton Court (zone 6); bus 111, 216, 411, 461, 513 from Kingston, R68 from Richmond tube; Hampton Court pier.
Coordinates: 51.40374, -0.33807