Luxury and boutique hotels in Hampton Court
You can trace more than 500 years of history in Hampton Court Palace – one of the UK’s most important historic sites and a majestic residence in its own right. From the heraldic beasts who guard the bridge over the moat to the tapestry-draped Great hall to the generously gilded Chapel Royal to the detailed astronomical clock that hangs over the courtyard, there are wonders to be found throughout. And, don’t miss the gardens, famed for their flowering stretches, vegetable patches, great vine and the world’s oldest puzzle maze. This is truly the crown jewel of the area, but former monarchical hunting ground Bushy Park is equally lovely in its verdure, with its resident deer; the Thames is placid here, and beyond there are wild theme parks for lightning-quick thrills.
When to go
To see Hampton Court Palace’s 60-acre gardens in full flourish visit in spring and summer. Or, visit at Christmas for the Festive Fayre.
PlanesArrive at Heathrow Airport and you’ll be just a 30-minute drive from Hampton Court; those coming from Gatwick will have a 40-minute journey.
BoatsWhen the weather’s warm the journey by river boat from Westminster along the Thames is very pleasant indeed – it takes around three hours and you’ll pass iconic London sights such as the WWT London Wetlands Centre and the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew along the way.
TrainsFrom London Waterloo, South West trains go direct to Hampton Court Station in 30 minutes. The station is in Zone 6 so you can use your Oyster Card for the journey.
AutomobilesWith historic spots like Kingston and Richmond, and Chessington and Thorpe Park theme parks and the Surrey Hills nearby, a car may be handy. If arriving from Heathrow, follow the A312 road and look out for brown heritage signs to the palace. If arriving from central London, take the A4 road.