Aug 26, 2013 · 10:00 AM
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Come along on bank holiday Monday 26th August to visit Hampton Court Palace.
About the day
Hampton Court was originally built for Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, a favourite of King Henry VIII in 1514. In 1529, as Wolsey fell from favour, the palace was passed to the King, who enlarged it.
The following century, King William III's massive rebuilding and expansion project intended to rival Versailles was begun. Work halted in 1694, leaving the palace in two distinct contrasting architectural styles, domestic Tudor and Baroque. While the palace's styles are an accident of fate, a unity exists due to the use of pink bricks and a symmetrical, albeit vague, balancing of successive low wings.
Along with St. James's Palace, it is one of only two surviving palaces out of the many owned by King Henry VIII.
When we arrive, we will split into small groups to explore the palace. There is lots to see, including; Henry VIII's great hall, the world famous maze and amazing gardens. the Tudor kitchen's and there are special exhibitions on 'a Tudor World' and 'the Young Henry'.
Included in the admission price, are audio guides and around the Palace, there are various guided tours taking place. Also, on the day at 3pm, there is jousting taking place on the East Front Gardens.
The group entry is £16 per person (payable on the day).
We will be getting the 10:36am train from Waterloo Train Station to Hampton Court. It's in Zone 6, so make sure you have money on your Oyster Card to get your there.
We will get back to London at about 6pm.
Look out for the group sign at the station:
If you can’t see us at the station, please call or text.
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