Don’t get ‘caught’ in Hampton! – NEW TOUR 2019
Hampton Court Palace & Gardens
The original Tudor palace was begun by Cardinal Wolsey in the early 16th century, but it soon attracted the attention of Henry VIII, who brought all his six wives here. Surrounded by gorgeous gardens and famous features such as the Maze and the Great Vine, the Palace has been the setting for many nationally important events.
When William III and Mary II (1689-1702) took the throne in 1689, they commissioned Sir Christopher Wren to build an elegant new baroque palace. Later, Georgian kings and princes occupied the splendid interiors. When the royals left in 1737, impoverished ‘grace and favour’ aristocrats moved in.
Queen Victoria opened the Palace to the public in 1838. It has remained a magnet for millions of visitors, drawn to the grandeur, the ghosts and the fabulous art collection. This is your chance to get up and personal with the Palace, as you will be escorted around both the Palace & the Gardens, on a 2.5 hour private tour with a palace guide.
Dates throughout 2019
Suggested itinerary by coach
Travel to London and arrive at your hotel
On route to the hotel why not stop at one of the many attractions in the area, such as The Musical Museum, the Water & Steam Museum or maybe Kew Gardens. We will be delighted to make the arrangements for you, or offer some alternative suggestions.
Continue to your hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.
Hampton Court Palace & Gardens – Private Tour
Enjoy a traditional English breakfast, then take the short drive to Hampton Court.
We have arranged for a palace guide to meet you on arrival at Hampton Court and accompany you for a 2.5 hour private tour of the Palace & Gardens.
Hampton Court Palace’s world-famous gardens include 60acres of spectacular formal gardens and 750 acres (304 hectares) of parkland, all set within a loop of the River Thames.
The Gardens are home to the world’s oldest puzzle maze, a record-breaking grape vine, three National Plant Collections, over one million flowering bulbs in the Wilderness and a huge variety of wildlife, including the descendants of Henry VIII’s deer herd.
The Gardens come to life in spring with a mass of flowering bulbs in the Wilderness and formal gardens. Summer sees the spectacular herbaceous border in the East Front Gardens at its best, while Queen Mary II’s Exoticks come out in the Lower Orangery Garden. The Great Vine grapes are harvested at the end of the summer then the autumn colours in the Tiltyard, Wilderness and 20th century Garden as deers rut in Home Park. In the winter, striking outlines of trees stretch across Home Park and, if we’re lucky, snow highlights the topiary of the Privy Garden.
Highlights of the Palace include King Henry’s State Apartments, the Great Hall – one of the most impressive rooms, and certainly the largest!, the Enormous Tudor Kitchens, William III Apartments and the Georgian Story. Your expert guide will take you through the history of the Palace!
Please note that if you have a particular interest in a certain period of history, or you are a gardening group, please let us know, and we can arrange for the tour to be tailored to your interest.
Return to your hotel late afternoon. Dinner in the hotel this evening.
Optional Windsor or other area attractions and return home
Enjoy a traditional English breakfast; you then have some free time to explore. We have lots of suggestions in the area for you.
Take the short drive to Kew Gardens. The London Museum of Water & Steam where you will be amazed by the massive historic engines that pumped Thames water to London’s taps, and follow in the footsteps of Charles Dickens to explore London’s exciting watery past or maybe the Musical Museum.
Leave London at your leisure to return home.
We offer a selection of 3 and 4-star hotels in the area, including the Holiday Inn Shepperton, St Giles Hotel Feltham, Crowne Plaza Hotel Heathrow and Holiday Inn London M4 J4.
Short of time?
This tour can also be operated as 2 days and 1 night.
|2 days / 1 night during 2019||From £85.00 per person|
|3 days / 2 nights during 2019||From £139.00 per person|
A single room supplement applies.