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Hampton Court Palace

  • 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.

Robert
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  • Deb G

    As a regular member who enjoyed the day - particularly my chat with George Boleyn! - can see both sides of discussion & comments put forward re the visit. To make a positive suggestion perhaps established members could co-host similar visits & team up with new members. With such a big group you can feel a bit lost at a first event that's why we look out for people who post on site that they wld like help. The group is very large & difficult to spot new members. Felt rather daunted at my first event but thanks to carole beth came back & CS soon became my favourite meet up group.

    August 28, 2013

  • Emma

    was a bit dubious as first time out with meetup but glad i went - had a really good day and met some really nice people

    1 · August 27, 2013

  • Robert

    Really enjoyed the Palace, Gardens and company.

    1 · August 27, 2013

  • Kitty

    Robert, thanks for this. I have never been to Hampton Court and have always wanted to go. That's why I like this group - it motivates me to do things I might let slip. So a bit thanks for organising it! A great day! And my friend enjoyed it too!

    August 27, 2013

  • Julia

    Gosh, what a lot of sarcasm and drama; which somewhat spoils the point, for me, anyway.

    I met an established member and new member on this, my first trip; had I not been with them, I'm perfectly capable of going on my own, which would have been cheaper.

    I think, Russell, (glad I didn't meet you,) the new people,(not CS members yet) were coming for a Cultural and Group experience, that promised to be organised; it was not.

    I don't require a "creche" that's profoundly patronizing; but I could have created this experience on my own, with a friend or my partner, at a quieter time, for less money.


    I think that's the point; I'm coming to the Globe, but I'll work out whether I just follow your ideas and book them with friends and family separately.

    That makes more sense to me currently.

    August 27, 2013

    • Lisa

      I'm not sure how it would have been cheaper unless you formed your own group of at least 15 people you would be paying at least £16 get in...

      August 27, 2013

    • Russell

      Yes Julie I was sarcastic (purposely so), but the point I wanted to highlight was people berating Robert for their own failings. You may have found my comments patronizing - not my intention and I apologise if offence was caused - but stop and think how Robert might feel. In fairness and as a balance, I agree that on the day of meetings Robert is not always as organised with the group as he is with the administrative arranging of events. It is regrettable that your introduction to the group was a bit chaotic and I hope it does not put you off further events. As for being glad you didn't meet me, if you do, you will see I'm quite a amiable and friendly bloke. I knew no one upon joining the group but can now count a good dozen or more members as regular acquaintances. Again, I apologise for any offence caused, I just got a bit narked at the comments levelled at Robert

      August 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am new to this group and might have set a wrong expectation about the organization. Sorry that I wasn't aware of the note at the back of the map. I do appreciate Robert's effort in organizing the event and ticket for us. It was a great place to visit! Just a suggestion and not meant to be sarcastic!

    August 27, 2013

    • Russell

      Mandy, I apologise if my comments caused offence, that was not my intention. I suppose I just got a bit annoyed at some of the comments levelled at Robert. The comments made seemed to blame Robert for various individuals failing to either follow or take on board his information and directions. I also appreciate that being new to the group such a large gathering can be intimidating, be we a very sociable group, just speak to people, you may be surprised at how quickly you become friends with various individuals. Again, I apologise for any offence caused.

      1 · August 27, 2013

  • Kitty

    Had a really brilliant day! Robert, as usual, you did a great job. See you again soon.! :)

    August 27, 2013

  • Manjit

    What a wonderful day! Perfect weather, amazing history, lovely gardens and great company. Loved it! Thanks for organising this!
    :) Manjit

    August 26, 2013

  • Russell

    Mandy Chui, feel free to educate me with regards to which of the following information posted by Robert was too difficult for you to understand, "Included in the admission price, are audio guides and around the Palace, there are various guided tours taking place". Yet again on this site, another individual who wants to blame their mind-boggling ineptitude on someone else. It beggars belief how some of you people manage to find your way home each day. This is a social/cultural group not a crèche, if you still need a nanny your in the wrong group. And yes, Sarcasm is just one of the many services I freely offer, quite good at it too!

    August 26, 2013

  • Russell

    S, tell me which bits you do not understand. Meet under the clock at Waterloo station 10:00am, alternately, as stated in numerous responses on the site throughout the week, Hampton Court Station 11:15am. Extremely difficult instructions to follow (for some anyway)We arrived at Hampton Court Station 11:10 and remained by the entrance until well gone 11:30. That's 2 railway stations and you are so inept you couldn't find either!! How difficult is it to find a railway station? But apparently your ineptitude is Roberts fault. I phoned Robert at 4pm to check where to meet afterwards, got an immediate response with easy to follow instructions (well, easy for most people, obviously your good self excluded. As regulars to this group will attest, I often attend these events on my bicycle (from Southwark), never missed one yet, frequently the first to arrive at destinations as far apart as Camden, Greenwich and Kingston Upon Thames. Take responsibility for your own ineptitude, don't blame others

    August 26, 2013

  • Maria

    Hampton Court is a great place to visit, shame it was poorly organized. Two of us have phoned Robert after the Tudor Joust to get in touch with the rest of the group, but he did not pick up the phone.

    August 26, 2013

    • Robert

      I had a ONE voicemail message at 3:30pm, but it was just a conversation between two or three people (presumed it dialled my number accidently as no one actually left a message), talking about me and the group.

      August 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Agree that it was poorly organized. Thought we would have a guided tour when coming as a group. Hampton court itself has a lot to see and will be good if we were told to pick up the audio guide which is included in the ticket price - found this out only later by asking staff members.

    August 26, 2013

    • Robert

      Thanks, Hampton Court don't allow private tours, so that's why I gave out the maps on the train with the note on top letting everyone know when/where the public tours were taking place. The map also showed were you could pick up the audio guide in Base Court. The original event description also mentioned about audio guides and public tours!

      August 26, 2013

  • carole b.

    brilliant day

    August 26, 2013

  • Jeremy

    Excellent, great visit in excellent company. Thanks to Robert for organising a great day out and apologies for not getting to the pub.

    August 26, 2013

  • Geoff L

    Brilliant, excellent but must brush up on my history......see below from previous event

    1 · August 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great place. Lots of history and things to see. The Tudor Jousting was brilliant. Front row seat. The place was packed so it was tough for groups to stick together, I suppose. I spent the whole day by myself but didn't mind that much because it was brilliant. Thanks for organising, Robert.

    August 26, 2013

  • Carolyn

    Tons to see and do. Was expecting to go around with the group but that didnt happen. It was impossible to then find the group as it was so busy

    August 26, 2013

  • Pete

    Great day out, and obviously a lot of effort put in by Robert to make it happen, thank you

    August 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hampton Court Palace was great.

    August 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Agree S. Robert this was my first time. Very badly organized event. I may as well have gone on my own. And I think if you tell people the group rate is £16.00. they expect it to be cheaper than buying it separately, not more expensive!

    August 26, 2013

  • Joanna

    Sorry can't come now, something came up short notice!

    August 26, 2013

  • Michael K.

    Sorry, Robert, something came up this morning and I can't make it now.

    August 26, 2013

  • Isabel

    Sorry, Robert. I have to cancel this trip due to health reasons. I hope you can repeat it in the future.

    August 25, 2013

    • Isabel

      Many thanks Yahya

      August 26, 2013

  • Julia

    Hello everyone; last minute, as usual.

    This is my first event.

    It's also easier for me to come to Hampton Court Station; I'll text Robert to confirm; I'll try to get there for 11 to save confusion:)

    August 26, 2013

  • Emma

    hi everyone, this is my first meet up and ive been meaning to go to Hampton court for ages so look forward to a good day out and meeting u all!

    August 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Everyone. Look forward to meeting you all at Hampton Court Station at[masked]

    August 25, 2013

  • Stella D.

    Really sorry to have to kiss this day out , so wanted to go but got a deadline to make :-( next time defo

    August 25, 2013

  • Sharon H.

    Me too, its easier for me to meet at hampton Court. Can you cinfirm where and what time. Thanks

    August 22, 2013

    • Robert

      Best to meet at the station if you can, we will get there for about 11:15am.

      August 25, 2013

  • Stella D.

    Hi, this is my first culture seekers day out, my only concern is that i saw a notice that there might be industrial action on the tubes, does anyone know an update on this? I do hope no disruption and that we all get to waterloo okay.

    August 24, 2013

    • Robert

      There is no industrial action reported for tomorrow.

      August 25, 2013

  • carole b.

    Is everyone taking a packed lunch/picnic or are there plenty of places to buy lunch there, might be fun to have a picnic while we watch the jousting

    August 23, 2013

    • Deb G

      There are at least 3 cafes but as usual they are quite pricey for what you get and may be busy as its Bank Holiday. The new courtyard café I think is the best just opened this summer. Packed lunch probably good for time/money value and then tea/ice cream in café is usually my policy!

      August 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Robert. I will join you at Hampton Court Station at 11.15

    August 25, 2013

  • Lorraine G.

    I unfortunately cant make this group, i look forward to the next event

    August 25, 2013

  • Blossom L.

    Will be going to Hampton Court with my family so not joining in this event with the group, but will definitely look out for you Robert!

    August 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Actually, meeting at Waterloo is a better option. See you there at 10!

    August 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    See you at Hampton Court Station :)

    August 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    See you at Hampton Court Station.

    August 25, 2013

  • Carolyn

    Will see you at Hampton Court Station. 11.15.

    August 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can I arrange to meet you at Hampton Court itself, as I live in Kingston and would be easier for me travelling? I would need to know the time and place to make sure I dont miss you!

    August 22, 2013

    • Robert

      Can you meet us outside the station at 11:15am.

      August 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      yes, great!

      August 23, 2013

  • Christine

    Enjoy the visit everyone - it's a fab place. I'll pass on this one, though. Been to HCP more times than I can mention, not only as a visitor but also went there for meetings regularly as I used to work for Historic Royal Palaces - so know it like the back of my hand, even the places the public don't get to see!

    August 22, 2013

  • Cathy

    Have been here several times. Enjoy! It's a favourite for tourist friends visiting London.

    August 22, 2013

  • Geoff L

    Lived in London all my life, never been to Hampton Court so I just cannot miss this visit....... And the weather looks good for Monday

    August 22, 2013

  • Hildegard S.

    Sorry I can't make it, I am away.

    August 21, 2013

  • Meredith S.

    I wish I could join you all, but I will be in Portugal - this is one of my favourite places to visit since moving to London! I dreamt of visiting all my life, well... from the time I first studied the Tudors in history at school!! The palace is amazing, the grounds are beautiful! Enjoy this, everyone who makes it! I promise you it will be a wonderful day out! <3

    1 · August 21, 2013

    • Deb G

      Enjoy Portugal. I've already bn to HC once this year & only managed to do the gardens but the Palaces membship card means u can go as often as you like so hopefully we cld fit in another visit?!

      August 21, 2013

  • Sumita

    I would have loved to go...I've lived here all my life and never been! Unfortunately I've committed to go out with a friend on Monday. I keep hoping that she might cancel so I can go

    August 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am really excited about visiting Hampton Court as I have never ever been there before and since I moved to Surrey in February it has been one of my 'must visit' places to visit so thank you Robert for putting this day on your events.

    1 · August 21, 2013

  • Lisa

    Sounds fun; i've hurt my foot so walking is challenging now, i will see how it is nearer the time. what sort of time would we be back in London?

    August 21, 2013

  • Manjit

    Love it! See you there!

    1 · August 21, 2013

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