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Hampton Court Palace | Tickets and 2 For 1 Discounts

Updated: November 20, 2023

This post provides details about Hampton Court Palace.

We include how to get tickets, what to see, guided tours, and other details you might want to know in order to plan out your trip.


Lying on the western banks of the River Thames sits one of the largest and most beautiful palatial residences in the United Kingdom: Hampton Court Palace.

Originally built by Cardinal Wolsey in the 16th century, King Henry VIII took over the Palace and it has remained in the hands of the Crown ever since.

A popular visitor attraction for first-timers and those who already know London alike, Hampton Court is one of the most magical destinations in London.

There are a lot of interesting things to see and do here, including fun activities, costumed guided tours, art galleries, special exhibitions, and many other attractions.

If you want to visit this historic landmark, it will be necessary to purchase tickets for admission.

Tickets include access to pretty much everything in the palace, so there’s no need to pay extra for specific attractions.

Tickets and Tours

Admission to Hampton Court Palace includes access to the following attractions:

  • Hampton Court Palace
  • The Gardens
  • The Courtyards
  • The Maze
  • Magic Garden
  • Cumberland Art Gallery
  • Mantegna Gallery
  • The King’s Gallery
  • Haunted Gallery
  • And more!

Here are the current ticket prices as of January 2022:

  • £26.10/Adults (18-64)
  • £13.00/Children (5-15)
  • £20.90/Concessions
  • £45.60/Family (1 Adult, 3 Children)
  • £71.70/Family (2 Adults, 3 Children)

Purchase tickets to Hampton Court Palace or learn more.

Concession tickets are valid for senior citizens (65+), full-time students, and youth visitors between the ages of 16-17.

Children under the age of 5 are welcome for free with the accompaniment of an adult.

Hampton Court Palace Tours

Guided tours are provided for free to ticket holders at Hampton Court Palace. You must book a tour ahead of time using this booking form.

All of the tour guides are qualified at Institute of Tourist Guiding Level 2.

While on these guided tours, you can expect to learn about a lot of different subjects such as the history of Henry VIII, ghost stories, the origins of the palace, and much more.

There are also private guided tours, but prices start at £132 in addition to the ticket costs.

If you are interested in this option, check this list of private tours at Hampton Court Palace.

In addition to these options, there are also audio guides to help you find your way around the palace and learn about its history.

This service is included with the cost of your ticket to Hampton Court Palace.

During the warmer months, you can also expect rooftop tours which give visitors a great look at the Hampton Court Gardens and the history of the palace while enjoying the best view in the area.

Finally, Hampton Court Palace also provides guided tours for the blind and deaf. Blind visitors can take advantage of their Describer Escorted visits while Deaf guests can take tours with guides who will use British Sign Language (BSL).

Tip from the Tourists

Planning your day at Hampton Court Palace? One of our Facebook Group members shared a golden nugget of advice: you can thoroughly enjoy the palace in just a half-day. This means you can still fit in another palace visit or London attraction on the same day. It’s like hitting two birds with one stone!

Concerning the journey, a traveler advises that Hampton Court Palace is just a short train ride from Waterloo. They remarked on the palace's 'breathtaking beauty' and how the ease of access makes it a trip worth taking more than once.

When it’s time for a bite, don’t miss out on the palace's cafés for some tasty treats. Based on recommendations from our visitors, even something as simple as a lamb dish at the Tiltyard Café has left lasting impressions, making it a memorable part of the palace experience.

Hampton Court Palace Discounts

There are several ways to save money on tickets to Hampton Court Palace.

This section covers some of the best deals and some options that may become available in the future as well.

1. 2 For 1 Hampton Court Palace Tickets

This is one of the easiest and best discounts on Hampton Court Palace Tickets. All you have to do is use the TfL network to travel to this historic attraction and provide proof with the TfL Oyster app.

You can take advantage of this deal up to 3 times in one transaction, which means you can get 6 tickets for the price of just 3!

This offer is only valid for standard daytime admission, and it is offered 7 days a week. There are only a few restricted dates throughout the year, and you can learn more about them here.

2. Use a Tourist Pass

Hampton Court Palace is included on multiple London tourist passes at no extra cost.

If you’re already planning to visit several attractions in the city, this could be a great way to save money on everything. 

Tickets to this historic palace are currently offered by the following tourist pass services:

For more information, check our post covering each London tourist pass available.

3. Family Tickets

If you’re visiting with your kids, you could save a lot of money by purchasing a family ticket.

Hampton Court Palace currently offers two family ticket options:

  • £45.60/Family (1 Adult, 3 Children)
  • £71.70/Family (2 Adults, 3 Children)

Each ticket provides a discount of £18.90 off the standard admission prices.

4. Concession Discount

The concession price of £20.90 is a discount of £5.10. The following guests are eligible for this price point:

  • Senior Citizens (65+)
  • Youth/Teens (16-17)
  • Full-Time Students (w/ Student ID)

5. Discount Sites

Hampton Court Palace is often listed on websites such as Groupon and Discount London.

Depending on when you check, they may have very good deals on tickets, and they might also be offering additional coupon codes for an extra 10% - 20% off.

6. AAA Discount/Credit Card Discount

In the past, AAA has offered its members exclusive discounts on admission to Hampton Court Palace.

You’ll have to check ahead of time to see if this deal is still active, but it’s a great opportunity to save money.

Similarly, many credit card companies offer additional discounts for their customers which work in much the same way.

Make sure to check your credit card website for any possible deals at Hampton Court Palace before you head out.

Plan Your Trip

Hampton Court Palace is located southwest of London near the river Thames. Although it isn’t directly in the city center, you can reach this historic site using public transportation.

The easiest option is to take the train to Hampton Court Station. 

If you’re traveling from the center of London, it should only take about 30-35 minutes to get here.

Don’t forget to check our post on how to use the London Underground for more information.

In addition to this option, there is also a shuttle bus from Windsor Castle to Hampton Court Palace which will take you between the two landmarks with ease.

Travel time is around 30-35 minutes and this service is available from March to October.

Visitors who want to take the public bus can use the following lines to reach this location: 111, 216, 411, 461, 513.

They also offer river cruise services which will bring you to this historic site during the warmer months.

From April to October, you can take a cruise from Richmond to Hampton Court Palace.

If you’re closer to Westminster and Big Ben, there is also a river cruise service that will take you to Hampton Court Palace, but it’s much slower at around 3-4 hours in length.

If time is of the essence, we recommend using the tube or shuttle bus.

Tip from the Tourists

Considering a unique approach to your Hampton Court Palace visit? Members of our Facebook Travel Community have brought up the idea of a Thames River taxi as a scenic alternative to traditional transport. Although it may take longer, the opportunity to enjoy the views along the river adds a special touch to the experience. Another traveler is planning to extend their palace adventure with an overnight stay, suggesting that the journey by river offers a leisurely and picturesque return to London.

Opening Hours

Hampton Court Palace is open daily with the exception of December 24th - 26th. Here are the timetables you can expect throughout the year:

  • March - November: 10am - 6pm
  • November - March: 10am - 4.30pm

The last admittance is approximately 1 hour before closing, so shave an hour off the closing time to get a sense of when you can visit.

Things to See at Hampton Court Palace

There are a lot of things to see and do at Hampton Court Palace, and this section will detail some of the best attractions in the area.

Admission to each of these locations is included with the cost of a ticket.

The Great Hall

This hall was designed as a show of power and prestige to impress the guests of Henry VIII.

The roof was built in the Hammer-beam style, and if you look closely you’ll spot Anne Boleyn’s initials and coat-of-arms.

The walls are covered in a series of tapestries which depict the life of the biblical figure Abraham.

Hampton Court Gardens

At 60 acres in size, the formal gardens here are not only beautiful, but also quite massive.

As a matter of fact, the total expanse of the gardens includes 750 acres of parkland!

There are several individual gardens and other things to see here, including the following locations:

  • East Front Gardens
  • Lower Orangery Garden
  • The Privy Garden
  • The Kitchen Garden
  • 20th Century Garden
  • The Wilderness
  • The Great Vine (World’s Largest Grape Vine)

Tip from the Tourists

A visit to the Hampton Court Gardens isn't just about the flowers and fountains. A member of our Facebook Community recalls the unique experience of sampling grapes from the Great Vine, which is not only a delightful treat but also a piece of the palace’s living history. Pairing these with cheese and crackers made for an unforgettable dining experience under the boughs of the world’s largest grapevine.

For those torn between multiple attractions, a seasoned visitor in our group shares a valuable tip: while it’s tempting to pack your day with numerous sights, it might be best to choose one and savor the experience. Hampton Court Palace, with its vast gardens and rich history, is her top pick, a place so beloved that it calls her back on every trip.

Henry VIII’s Kitchens

These were the largest kitchens in Tudor England, with more than 200 cooks and other people working to prepare over 800 meals per day.

So much food was prepared here that they burnt 1.3 million logs just to keep the cauldrons boiling and spits roasting. 

Tip from the Tourists

On the other end of the spectrum, a member of our Facebook Group, another traveler, shares their perspective, pointing out that while the kitchens are a sight to behold, some parts of the palace might feel less opulent than expected. This candid insight reminds us that each visitor's experience is unique, and managing expectations can be key to enjoying all that Hampton Court has to offer.

William III’s Apartments

Located at the top of the King’s staircase, these state apartments were once owned by William III, but his own private apartments were actually downstairs.

The state apartments include several different chambers you can usually visit:

  • The Guard Chamber
  • The Presence Chamber
  • The Eating Room
  • The Privy Chamber
  • The Great Bedchamber
  • The Little Bedroom

The Magic Garden

This is a special garden designed for younger visitors and their families, with plenty of room to run and play.

There are aso slides, a gigantic dragon statue for kids to climb on, and several other fun activities for children.

Think of it like a gigantic playground, and it’s all included in the price of admission!

Tip from the Tourists

Families will be delighted to know, as mentioned by a member in our Facebook Tavel Group, that Hampton Court Palace offers more than just historical exploration. The Magic Garden is a fantastic adventure for children, with features that ignite the imagination and allow for a fun-filled break for the little ones. It’s a perfect spot for families to relax and let the kids play, making the palace visit enjoyable for all ages.

Chapel Royal

Religious services have been held here for hundreds of years, and the chapel is still in use to this day.

The interior of this chapel was remodeled in 1710 by Christopher Wren, who also rebuilt St. Paul’s Cathedral and other notable sites in London after the Great Fire of 1666.

The vaulted ceilings were actually installed by Henry VIII in the 1530s.

You’ll find a period accurate replica of the crown worn by Henry VIII in the Royal Pew of Chapel Royal.  

Haunted Gallery

This gallery might not seem spooky at first glance, but there is actually a legend about a ghost that might haunt this hall.

In 1541, Henry VIII’s fifth wife Catherine Howard was charged with adultery. 

It is said that when she discovered this, she ran along the length of this gallery hoping to find her husband in the chapel.

Unfortunately, she was caught by the guards before she could make it the whole distance.

Today, some say her ghost has been seen running through the gallery screaming for mercy.

Tip from the Tourists

For Tudor history enthusiasts, a visit to Hampton Court Palace comes highly recommended by our Facebook Travel Community. As one visitor aptly put it, the palace is not only a testament to the grandeur of Henry VIII's era but also a place where the beauty of its gardens and the fun of its maze are an absolute must-see. It's a full package of historical depth and delightful exploration.

Cumberland Art Gallery

This art gallery houses a variety of pieces from the Royal Collection.

Hampton Court Palace was a royal residence from the 1500s - 1700s, which was a period in which there were many great and important artists creating amazing works of art. 

After the palace was no longer used as a residence for royalty, it was used as an art gallery, and this is the modern day extension of the purpose this palace once served.

Mantegna Gallery

This gallery focuses on the Triumphs of Caesar, nine large paintings by Andrea Mantegna, one of the most well-known artists of the Italian Renaissance.

These paintings depict Roman ruler Julius Caesar on a triumphal chariot as he returned from a successful military campaign.

The Maze

Commissioned in 1700 by William III, this is actually the oldest surviving hedge maze in the United Kingdom.

The maze is well known for confusing visitors, but it usually takes around 20 minutes to reach the centre.

But will you be able to find your way back out just as quickly?

Tip from the Tourists

Our Facebook Group recommends Hampton Court Palace as a fantastic day trip destination, especially for families. She points out that in addition to the historical marvels, there's plenty of outdoor space for kids to play, including the famous maze. She also notes the tours are engaging for all ages and not overly lengthy, and suggests considering the optional boat ride for a different view of the palace and its surroundings.

About The Author

Stephen Pickhardt

Stephen is the CEO of Free Tours by Foot and has overseen the transformation of a local walking tour company into a global tour community and traveler’s advice platform. He has personally led thousands of group tours in the US and Europe, and is an expert in trip planning and sightseeing, with a focus on budget travelers. Stephen has been published and featured in dozens of publications including The Wall Street Journal, BBC, Yahoo,, and more.
Updated: November 20th, 2023
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