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Hampton Court Palace
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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 April 25, 2013

Been to many evening concerts here... The grounds are stunning... If going to a concert there is time for you to have your own picnic in grounds but be aware it's a bit of a walk if bags are heavy.. Also available is champagne stalls which is a must in the sunshine... Area where concerts are held is stunning court yard.. But need a cardigan in the evening...

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Reviewed April 25, 2013

I took a day off work and attended Hampton Court Palace on an idle Friday. It was a good day for it as the grounds were quiet and even the obligatory legions of schoolchildren on school trips were sparsely spread out over the large and attractive grounds of the palace.

For a £16 adult ticket, I got access to all of the gardens, the famous maze and the entirety of the palace itself. The palace building is incredible and there are plenty of rooms to explore and trails that you can follow. The main downside of this is that there are very few boards and notes left out to provide reading material to explain what you are seeing. I guess this is to encourage you to use the audio tour option, which is ok in places, but can get tiresome after a while and if you want to skip through a few rooms and pick up the journey again. Certain areas of the palace are more furnished than others with impressive paintings and decorated from the style of the time. This does give the feeling of authenticity to the place although it does occasionally feel that you are simply walking through a series of featureless corridors to get to the more furnished rooms.

‘The Secrets of the Bedchamber’ exhibition currently on was a highlight. I expected something a bit bawdy, but learnt a lot about the significance of the bedroom in Tudor and Edwardian times.

The food on site was decent and the maze was good fun to tackle as well(although I’m glad it was included in the price of my ticket - £4.40 for an adult if not!). I enjoyed my day out there and certainly found enough to do to fill up my time there. A little bit more reading material so I could take things at my own pace and not at the pace of the audio guide would help improve things, but overall a decent day out.

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Reviewed April 25, 2013

I always love coming back to Hampton Court Palace. Steeped in history, so well-maintained, beautiful gardens.

Thank JuneBug1939
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Reviewed April 24, 2013

This is an amazing place to visit, and, I found, perfect in every respect.
The palace is breathtaking and the history behind it fascinating.
The palace is beautifully enhanced by displays, information, guides, actors, videos, and props, as well as many original artifacts. I enjoyed every aspect of my visit, from the gardens, to the Tudor kitchens and the gorgeously presented shops. The Tiltyard Cafe serve up a variety of scrummy meals, snacks, cakes and drinks and the other facilities and restrooms are conveniently placed and well maintained. The staff I dealt with were all exceptional and on a personal note my mother had a fall at the Palace gates and the care and attention she received was so very much appreciated. Although we are on holiday and have limited time in London, we are trying to fit in another visit. That's how much we enjoyed this place!!

Thank WaggaTraveller
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Reviewed April 24, 2013

Excellent Palace - enjoyed the free audio guide which was an interesting story and informative. There were many guides around most dressed in period costumes; they were very helpful - we even saw King Henry! The palace is huge and it took us ages to go around and everything was well preserved.
The gardens were lovely but it rained so we didn't see all of them but what we did see was very well kept. I would say you need at least 4 hours for this visit to see everything. Quite a lot of walking but there are plenty of seats around and also a café and restaurant and a souvenir shop.
If you're into the Tudors and Stuarts it is well worth a visit.

Thank Ian W
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