Summer is on its way and if you are looking for some family fun in the sun this year then why not head down to Hampton Court Palace for some right royal revelry? One of the many royal residences open to the public, Hampton Court Palace is a living Tudor palace complete with costumed guards, servants and members of the court ready and waiting to greet your little princes and princesses.
Hampton Court is the perfect place for a family trip that is both exciting and educational as history truly comes to life in front of your own eyes. Visitors can meet King Henry VIII himself, learn all about his wives and practice how to bow or curtsey to greet them.
Interactive displays, guides and films help young and old discover the drama and dancing of court life as they follow the trail throughout the palace. Hampton Court Palace boasts England’s largest and last remaining medieval hall, plus some of the most exquisite royal gardens including the world’s largest grape vine first planted in 1769. The gardens also have a fantastic maze which will provide hours of fun as families follow the footsteps of some of England’s most famous historic figures. The world renowned Hampton Court Maze was first commissioned around 1700 by William III and its many twists and turns have confused and intrigued thousands of visitors over centuries.
Younger visitors can enjoy music, messy play and more in the multisensory rooms for 0-3 year old, and if that wasn’t enough to entertain your brood then make sure that you check out the recently opened Chocolate Kitchens that were once used by celebrated chocolatier Thomas Tosier to create chocolate treats for King George I.
With so many amazing attractions on offer from costume guided tours, children’s activity trails, or leisurely walks in the manicured gardens, there is something to suit every age and ability a Hampton Court Palace. If you plan to visit more than one of the historic Royal palace’s during the summer holidays, or want to come back to finish exploring the extensive apartments and grounds then why not become a member and enjoy free and unlimited entry to each palace all year round.