Hampton Court Palace

Five centuries of royal history

Hampton Court Palace is the oldest Tudor palace in England and has been home to twelve monarchs, including the much-married Henry VIII.
In 1514 Thomas Wolsey was made Archbishop of York and took up residence at Hampton Court. Some years later he was forced to surrender his ownership of the finished palace to the King Henry VIII. In 1537 Henry VIII�s only son, Edward, was born at Hampton Court and christened in the Chapel Royal. His mother, Jane Seymour, died at the palace some days later.
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hampton visit united kingdom In 1604 James I presides over the Hampton Court Conference, which resulted in the institution of the Authorised Version of the Bible. About fourty years later Charles I was brought to the palace during the Civil War as a prisoner of Oliver Cromwell�s army. He escaped after almost three months imprisonment. In 1653 Oliver Cromwell was proclaimed Lord Protector of the Commonwelth and came to live at Hampton Court Palace.

The palace boasts enormous Tudor kitchens, the Chapel Royal, a real tennis court, a world famous maze and fabulous State Apartments of Henry VIII and William III. The gardens are the most visited gardens in England and include a unique restoration of King William's Privy Garden of 1702. visit london