This was our second visit to Hampton Court Palace. We had again travelled by a South Western train from London Waterloo to Hampton Court Railway Station in East Molesey. The train journey took about 40 minutes. The palace’s entrance is less than a 5 minute walk from the railway station
Admission to the palace was straight forward with our London Passes simply being scanned at the palace’s entrance. After collecting our audio-visual guides, we set to again explore the palace and its grounds at our own pace.
In our humble opinions the various displays at Hampton Court Palace rank with the best of any of the historic attractions in the United Kingdom. They are well-organised, well-presented and provide ample detailed historical information. There are plenty of staff members in attendance, to provide extra information should it be required.
The palace’s extensive gardens are maintained in a magnificent condition and it was a real pleasure to spend 30 minutes or so enjoying our lunch of sandwiches in such beautiful surroundings.
A plus for us was that on the day of this visit, the Royal Tennis Court was open and tennis was being played on the indoor court by members of the club. The tennis court was closed and under renovation at the time of our previous visit.
The only disappointment of this visit was that the garden maze was closed to the public. Apparently this was in preparation for an upcoming event. Fortunately for us, we had been able to visit the maze at the time of our first visit to the palace.
We spent the best part of four hours at the palace and thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it. If we had not had other things to do, we could have easily occupied ourselves there, for the entire day. Highly recommended!