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Private Tour: Hampton Court Palace Walking Tour with Historian Guide

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Molesey, United Kingdom

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Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Overview

Discover the best parts of Hampton Court Palace on this 3.5-hour walking tour with a private guide.  As you explore the site, get to know all the regal splendor of the royal palace, which is believed to have been King Henry VIII’s preferred abode. See the lavish Tudor Quarters, pause for reflection in the Chapel Royal, stroll through picturesque courtyards and admire art from the Royal Collection. Learn about all the history as you walk around the famous walls and listen to the stories of the royals who once called the palace home.
  • Private Hampton Court Palace tour
  • Get up close to prized artworks from the Royal Collection and see King Henry VIII’s replica crown in the Chapel Royal
  • Discover the history of the royal palace and the Tudor, Stuart and Georgian monarchs who resided there
  • Receive the undivided attention of a historian guide on this private tour

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This private tour ensures you'll see the best of Hampton Court Palace's many highlights. Plus, your personal guide will tailor the commentary and itinerary to your interests, so if there's anything you'd like to hear more about or spend longer visiting, just ask!
Professional historian guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Food and drinks

Departure Point

Hampton Ct Way, Molesey, East Molesey KT8 9AU, UK

Return Details

Hampton Ct Way, Molesey, East Molesey KT8 9AU, UK
Meet your guide at Richmond's Hampton Court Palace, approximately a 30-minute train ride from central London. The palace is best known as the former residence of King Henry VIII, one of the best-known British monarchs.

Leave the admission area with your guide, and start your palace tour. Pose for photos in front of the palace’s iconic red-bricked front, and head through the arched entranceway, which is flanked by elegant columns and towers.

Follow your guide as you learn about the highlights of Hampton Court Palace. Admire Anne Boleyn’s Gate, a Tudor gatehouse, and gaze up at the Clock Court’s Astronomical Clock. Wander around the Tudor Quarters and Great Hall to see the impressive hammer-beam roof and the tapestries that cloak the walls. 

Ogle the art from the Royal Collection inside the Cumberland Art Gallery, and see acclaimed artwork by the likes of Canaletto, Caravaggio, Holbein and Rembrandt. Then, check out the opulence of the Chapel Royal — a site that was decadently decorated for the christening of Edward VI. As you stand beneath the gold-and-blue ceiling, wander to the royal pew to admire a replica of the crown worn by King Henry VIII himself.

Stop for refreshments at an on-site cafe before you view the Triumphs of Caesar. The collection of Andrea Mantegna paintings are said to make up some of the world’s most significant Italian paintings of the Renaissance period.

After 3.5 hours, make the most of some free time to explore independently. Maybe rest and enjoy lunch, or take an amble through the garden and grounds.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Hampton Court Palace
Make your own way to Hampton Court Palace in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, roughly 30 minutes by train from central London. Nestled next to the Thames River, Hampton Court Palace is famous as the home of King Henry VIII, one of the most renowned monarchs in English history. Meet your private historian guide at the ticket office and then set off on your tour of the magnificent palace. Snap photos of the majestic red brick façade before passing through the arched entrance way, surrounded by slender columnettes and elegant towers. With your guide leading the way, work your way through the Palace’s halls. See Anne Boleyn’s Gate, one of the best preserved Tudor gatehouses in the country, and the Astronomical Clock in the Clock Court. Then, head inside for a stroll through the Tudor Quarters and the Great Hall. Gaze up at the hall’s sumptuously decorated hammer-beam roof and get an up-close look at the famous Abraham Tapestries that adorn the walls. Wander through the Cumberland Art Gallery and discover magnificent works from the Royal Collection, including paintings by Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Holbein, van Dyck and Canaletto. Another must-see is the Chapel Royal, which was lavishly decorated by Henry VIII for the christening of his heir, Edward VI. Be wowed by the striking blue and gold ceiling, and see a replica of his crown, which is on display in the royal pew. Halfway through your tour, enjoy a brief stop for refreshments (own expense) at one of the palace’s cafes. Walking through the magnificent Wren Gardens, you will head towards the famous Vine, the largest in the World, and visit its Pavillion, after which you will go to the most precious art treasure at Hampton Court “the Triumphs of Caesar”, a series of paintings by Andrea Mantegna that are widely considered among the most important Italian Renaissance paintings in the world. Your tour concludes after approx. 3 hours, leaving you free to continue exploring at your own leisure. Perhaps break for lunch in the Queen Elizabeth I kitchen, or enjoy a leisurely stroll through the palace’s gardens.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please note: trains from London Waterloo Station run regularly to Hampton Court; travel time is approximately 30 minutes. From Hampton Court Train Station to Hampton Court Palace is approximately a 10-minute walk
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY ARTSTUR Ltd

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Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Tour: Hampton Court Palace Walking Tour with Historian Guide?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Private Tour: Hampton Court Palace Walking Tour with Historian Guide?
A:
The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by Private Tour: Hampton Court Palace Walking Tour with Historian Guide.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Private Tour: Hampton Court Palace Walking Tour with Historian Guide?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Private Tour: Hampton Court Palace Walking Tour with Historian Guide.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Tour: Hampton Court Palace Walking Tour with Historian Guide?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Private Tour: Hampton Court Palace Walking Tour with Historian Guide.
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What is the maximum group size during Private Tour: Hampton Court Palace Walking Tour with Historian Guide?
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This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

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Six women paid almost a thousand...
Janice P
, Sep 2016
Six women paid almost a thousand dollars for this guided tour. We were very dissappointed. The guide was not understandable, mumbled and was poorly organized.
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This was beyond amazing and by far...
Laura B
, Dec 2015
This was beyond amazing and by far the high light of my trip! Having the private tour enabled me to view artwork, places of interest to me, and get inside information from a true historian! My guide could not have been more knowledgeable. We both shared a passion for this castle and all its treasure
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Wenn ich ehrlich sein sollte, war es...
Schellenberg B
, Mar 2016
Wenn ich ehrlich sein sollte, war es leider das Geld nicht wert. Die Führung dauert lediglich bis um 13 Uhr, also eine Stunde weniger wie von Ihnen versprochen. Zudem war die Führerin zum Beispiel noch nie in den Küchen. Diese hätten mich so sehr interessiert. Die Dame war sehr liebenswürdig und unkompliziert und wahrscheinlich eine hervorragende Spezialistin für italienische Kunst.

Product code: 3207LON8

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