Luxury holidays in Hampton Court
Few places can claim the historical significance of Hampton Court Palace, which has been privy to regal celebrations, political intrigue and landmark happenings since the Tudors moved in. But, the area also has lush parks and a chance to see the Thames at its quietest.
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.