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GETTING TO THE AREA

By train

Hampton Court station is served by South West Trains from London Waterloo. There are two trains each hour departing at 6 minutes and 36 minutes past the hour (times vary before 9am and after 5pm). The journey time is approximately 30 minutes. There are two return trains each hour departing at 24 minutes and 54 minutes past the hour (only one train per hour after 21.24). The train service passes through Wimbledon station, where the London Underground District Line begins.
    Alternatively, take the train from London Waterloo to Kingston (there are four trains an hour and the quickest route is via Strawberry Hill or Shepperton) then the bus from Kingston to Hampton Court Palace. See below for bus route information.

By car
Hampton Court Palace is a major tourist destination and is well signposted from major roads. The palace is located on the A308 and drivers should follow the brown tourist attraction road signs. From the M25 take either exit 10 on to the A307 or exit 12 on to the A308. The palace is also accessible via the A3 and then the A309.

By bus
Bus routes: 111, 216, 411, 451, R68.
Bus route details:

111 –   From Heathrow Airport Central, Cranford, Hounslow, Hampton and
             Kingston
216 –  From Staines, Ashford, Sunbury, Hampton and Kingston
411 –   From West Molesey and Kingston
451 –   From Staines, Chertsey, Byfleet, Weybridge, Walton, West Molesey
              and Kingston - no evening or Sunday service
R68 – From Kew, Richmond, Twickenham


By riverboat
Riverboats run between April and September (please check with operators for exact dates) from Westminster (Westminster Pier), Kew (Kew Pier), and Richmond-upon-Thames (Richmond Pier and Riverside). The journey from Westminster can take up to 4 hours, depending on the tides. For information on services from Westminster and Kew, contact Westminster Passenger Services (tel: 020 7930 2062 or 020 7930 4721, fax: 020 7930 7770, www.wpsa.co.uk). For services from Richmond (St Helena Pier) and Kingston (Turks Pier and Town End Pier), contact Turks Launches (tel: 020 8546 2434, www.turks.co.uk). There is also a service from Kingston (Queen’s Promenade) operated by Parr Boat Hire (tel: 020 8977 8850 or 07956 902646, www.parrboats.co.uk).


PLACE OF INTEREST

Hampton Court Palace

Before 1514 there was manor house in the ownership of the Knights Hospitallers on the site of the present palace but in that year Cardinal Wolsey, who was then Archbishop of York, was granted a new lease and he set about developing a grand bishop’s palace. The Cardinal became Lord Chancellor and chief advisor to Henry VIII and his palace was the venue for many important visits and diplomatic negotiations and the palace complex grew to match his ambitions. Wolsey eventually fell out of favour with Henry, principally because of his failure to secure a divorce from Catherine of Aragon, and with his fall came the loss of the palace to the king. Henry VIII made extensive additions and subsequent Tudor and Stuart monarchs all left their mark. When William and Mary came to the throne the decision was made to rebuild the palace and Christopher Wren was commissioned to draw up plans for a completely new building. However, financial constraints meant that much of the original Tudor edifice was left and new royal apartments were built on the south and east sides. Although William and Mary were the monarchs responsible for the transformation of the palace, neither of them lived to see the project come to completion. The first two Georges lived at the palace but the royal family finally moved out in 1727 and it was then divided up into ‘grace-and-favour’ apartments occupied by the great and the good who were deemed to have given loyal service to crown and country. The palace remained a royal property and it was Queen Victoria who decided to open it to the public in 1838 soon after her accession to the throne. In the years since the palace has seen generations of visitors and the process of conservation and restoration has continued to the present day, resulting in a unique visitor experience which vividly illustrates several centuries of royal history.



Hampton Court Palace, Surrey, KT8 9A
24-hour information line about the palace and gardens:
0844 482 7777 (from the UK); +44 (0)20 3166 6000 (from outside the UK)
Historic Royal Palaces switchboard:
0844 482 7777 (09.00 to 17.00 GMT) (from the UK); +44 (0)20 3166 6000 (from outside the UK)
Textphone users: Dial 18001 before any of the above numbers
E-mail: hamptoncourt@hrp.org.uk  Website: www.hrp.org.uk
Open:
Palace and Maze: 31 October 2010 – 26 March 2011 (winter) 10.00–16.30
Palace and Maze: 27 March – 29 October 2011 (summer) 10.00–16.30
Formal Gardens: (summer) 10.00–19.00; (all other times) 10.00–17.30
Informal Gardens: (summer) 07.00–20.00; (all other times) 07.00–18.00
There are entry fees to all parts except the informal gardens