The Hampton Court Palace is the British royal palace which is located in Surrey, England and close to the River Thames in southwest London. This elegant and classic palace is no longer inhabited by the British royal family since the 18th century and is now one of the most popular tourist spots in the UK.
The Hampton Court Palace is a manor house that was bought in 1514 by Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, the chief minister and favorite of King Henry VIII. For 7 years he rebuilt the manor house into a beautiful palace with a mix of architectural styles between the Tudor style, gothic and classic Italian style, something extraordinary and still rare at that time. Unfortunately, Wolsey just enjoy the palace for several years. In 1528, when he learned that his enemy and King are plotting his downfall, he gives Hampton Court Palace as a gift to the King.
King Henry VIII and subsequent kings made many changes and expansion of Hampton Court Palace. The palace was then opened to visitors by Queen Victoria in 1796. In 1952, Hampton Court Palace and along some structure around it became one of the historic buildings are protected. Currently, Hampton Court Palace is one of the British royal palaces of the most visited by tourists and often a movie set. Many of which can be seen at Hampton Court Palace, which are: the Cartoon Gallery, Great Hall, Chapel Royal, Henry VIII’s Kitchen, Royal Tennis Court, Clock Court, Sunken Garden, Fountain Court, Great Vine, Privy Garden, Home Park and Maze. You can also see various exhibitions with a specific theme in the Hampton Court Palace complex, such as the Henry VIII’s Crown of State, Live Tudor Kitchen and Cookery, A living World Tudor, Young Henry VIII Exhibition, and Garden exhibition.
In addition to look around the room and the exhibition, visitors can also enjoy a variety of drinks and food menu typical of Hampton Court Palace at Privy Kitchen and Tiltyard Café and Deli. Privy Kitchen is located in the central part of the Hampton Court Palace was originally a private kitchen that is specifically used to cook the best food to Queen Elizabeth I. While Tiltyard Café is located in the area of informal park near Lion’s Gate.
The opening hours of the Palace began at 10:00 am until 18:00 pm. Hampton Palace was closed on September 24 to December 26. Admission prices of Hampton Court Palace: Adults: 17.60 Euro, Children – children (<16 years): 8.80 Euro. Student: 14.85 Euro, Parents (> 60 years): Euro 14.85, Family (max 2 adults and 3 children): 45.10 Euro, Children – Child (5 years): Free (must be accompanied by an adult). Ticket includes access to the castle, exhibits, garden, maze, and the audio tour guide. Tickets can be purchased directly at the entrance to Hampton Court Palace or booking online.