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Surrey | England

Hampton Court Palace

Home of Henry VIII

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Originally Built In

Associated Family Names
Wolsey, William, George, Charles
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Famous Guests
Jane Seymour, Anne Boylen

Type of Architecture

Surrey, England

Perfect for
Couples, Weddings, Family Gatherings, Corporate Meetings

Property type
Event Venue


About Hampton Court Palace

The palace is still a magnet for visitors from around the world, and its gardens are also as spectacular and varied as Hampton Court Palace itself. Visitors can tour Henry VIII’s Kitchens and the Great Hall where he hosted lavish feasts, view art from the Royal Collection, or visit the palace gardens and explore the world’s oldest puzzle maze. The structure and grounds are cared for by an independent charity, Historic Royal Palaces. Two famous annual festivals – the Hampton Court music festival and the RHS Flower Show – stay true to Henry VIII’s ‘pleasure palace’ principle, and an outdoor ice-rink is available in Winter. One of the newest attractions is the Tudor-inspired Magic Garden, opened in 2016 by the Duchess of Cambridge.

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A Palace Fit for a King

The original Tudor Hampton Court 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.

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Events & Activities


Become royalty for the day when you celebrate your wedding at Hampton Court Palace. This 16th-century venue has been a favourite of kings, queens, and dignitaries since 1514, hosting some of the grandest events in British history. Whether hosting an intimate ceremony in the Little Banqueting House, a lavish reception in the medieval Great Hall or a cultural celebration in The Garden Room, couples choosing this majestic venue will be treading the same ground as some of England's most powerful monarchs and weaving their own story into the palace's colourful history.
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Corporate Functions & Events

Experience grandeur, splendour and history at Hampton Court Palace, the 16th-century estate on the bank of the River Thames in Surrey, just outside London. Built in 1514, this royal Tudor palace and incredible 60 acres of gardens was a favourite of Henry VIII and royalty that succeeded him, and in its 500 years has held galas, banquets, parties, celebrations, and historic meetings of epic proportions.
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If there’s one British royal who knew how to indulge, it was Henry VIII. Follow in his footsteps and throw a party in his favoured residence, Hampton Court Palace in Surrey, just outside London. Nestled on the bank of the River Thames, this striking palace has been hosting galas, celebrations, and banquets since 1514 and has seen royals and dignitaries pass through its halls for more than 500 years.
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Hampton Court Palace
Hampton Ct Way, Molesey
East Molesey KT8 9AU
United Kingdom