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Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey

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Hampton Court Palace was originally built for Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, a favorite of King Henry VIII. In 1529, Wolsey fell out of royal favor and the king took possession of the palace, launching a massive rebuilding project intended to rival Versailles. A rare example of both Tudor and Baroque building styles, the site is one of only two remaining palaces once owned by Henry VIII. Learn more about the palace’s history at the information center. Lose yourself inside the celebrated maze, designed to confuse and intrigue visitors with numerous twists, turns, and dead ends. Also on the grounds are manicured gardens, historic tennis courts, and a huge grapevine, allegedly the largest in the world. Our East Molesey online road trip planner makes visiting Hampton Court Palace and other East Molesey attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • The Trail of Light show was a total rip off. It was literally a walk in the darkness from the carpark to the front entrance of the palace via the back way with buts of lights along the wat. For... 
    The Trail of Light show was a total rip off. It was literally a walk in the darkness from the carpark to the front entrance of the palace via the back way with buts of lights along the wat. For...  more »
  • Visited the Palace of Light and absolutely loved it - I didn’t expect to but I actually preferred it to Kew, although that display was lovely too. It’s much less manic than Kew (the major local... 
    Visited the Palace of Light and absolutely loved it - I didn’t expect to but I actually preferred it to Kew, although that display was lovely too. It’s much less manic than Kew (the major local...  more »
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  • We visited last week of the summer academic term on a week day, there was no queue for any part of the palace. We did book our tickets in advance but it wasn't busy. We did park a short distance away in the Hampton Court Green Car park which had plenty of space and Coach parking. The staff were nice and approachable. We enjoyed using audio guides to hear information about each room within the palace. The history was magnificent and well presented. There are plenty of toilets on site, and places to stop and sit down if you need a rest. They do have a cafe and restaurant along side a stand in the garden for ice-cream. The gardens are well looked after and there is something to look at on the grounds in every direction you go. Great day out!
  • It's a wonderful place to visit with friends or family. Best to visit in the warm weather and when events are on. Best to buy tickets online. In peak times expect queues at the entrance, but in takes few minutes to get in. You can come with your car and use the paid parking situated a few minutes walk away. Or with the train.. get off at Hampton Court station or bus Hampton Court Gardens (stop B or A). The palace is one of the most famous and beautiful in London. It's right to River Thames. The garden is big even if a big part is off limits to public. The flower gardens are nice. When events are on you can spend the whole day here. Close to the palace you can find restaurants, coffee and tea shops, ice-cream stands and take aways. Close to the palace is Bushy Park.

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