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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Visit the famous hedge maze, Tudor knot garden and the state apartments at this splendid red-brick Tudor Palace, which is set in formal gardens and open parkland along the Thames River.
Reviewed March 29, 2013

We took the train to the Palace. It was a rainy day, but since most of the time was inside, it wasn't a huge bother. Great audio guides and really great rooms. All of us (wife and I and our two children -- 10 and 12) loved it. The maze isn't that big, and only takes about 15 minutes. The gardens weren't in bloom while we were there, but I would think in the spring and summer, this place is even more amazing.

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Reviewed March 28, 2013

This was our second visit in 10 years to Hampton Court. The experience was even finer than the first time as we took our time to make our way through the palace. As it was still winter there were no crowds and only a few groups of school children. We took the audio tour and found it very helpful in some of the areas of the palace. Be sure to eat at the Square Olive across the street from the train station to experience a wonderful Italian restaurant.

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Reviewed March 28, 2013

Great trip. First off. We travelled with SE Rail from Waterloo. Guy on ticket desk gave us a booklet enabling a 50% reduction for the Palace (One pays, one gets in free). The place is just full of history. What made the visit extremely interesting is the audio guide handed out free of charge. This way you can tout the palace and listen in as you wish and do not have to follow any particular route. The staff are very friendly and those that I asked, extremely knowledgeable. There is a very good live interpretation of Henry VIII. The actor is absolutely brilliant.
Unfortunately, because it was cold a,windy with icy rain, wasn´t able to visit the gardens or maze. Probably go again on my next trip to London.

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Reviewed March 27, 2013

We enjoyed our visit on a bitterly cold day. It is a magnificent place which just oozes history but the way it is presented is surprisingly amateurish.

So let's start with the negatives. We were amazed at how little information there is in the various rooms. There is hardly any information on exhibits and nothing for foreign visitors. Often you are left looking at things without any information to put it into context. There are audio guides, but despite arriving late morning on a bitterly cold day outside of the peak season, there were apparently none left. This was supposed to be included as part of the price. The combination of these two factors was not good and prevented Hampton Court getting a five star rating from me.

It's a shame because there is much to see. One area where there was information was in the great dining hall where a large number of interesting facts were written onto the table coverings on both sides of the tables running down the lengths of both sides of the hall - a simple but very effective touch. This contrasted sharply with the kitchen area which, whilst it had lots of interesting looking stuff, had absolutely no written information.

The grounds are extensive and no doubt would be worth exploring on a lovely summer's day - but not with a bitter east wind blowing.

Several people have commented that Hampton Court is over-priced. I disagree. It is a little more pricey than the Cutty Sark, for example, but there is so much more to see. You can see all there is to see at the Cutty Sark in an hour, but with an audio guide to inform you and with the benefit of a nice day, you could easily spend all day at Hampton Court. I for one will be keen to return and provided I arrive early and get possession of the audio guide then even if I was charged twice what is charged now, it would be good value.

The level of information provision is actually astonishingly amateurish for this day and age. If only more attention was paid to making sure visitors could be better informed about what they were seeing, Hampton Court could be one of the very best days out anywhere in the country. Hopefully they will do something about this before I return!

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Reviewed March 27, 2013

Hampton Court has the benegit of being free. Yes you read that right. If you just go to the gardens, there is no charge. The maze is worth paying for and we went ice skating which was fabulous, right by the river and the palace as backdrop. Magical. Bushey park accross the road has a free car park and a really good children's playround,

Thank Rachel M
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