Private Tour: Hampton Court Palace Walking Tour with Historian Guide

England, United Kingdom
  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Discover the best parts of Hampton Court Palace on this 3.5-hour walking tour with a private guide.  As you explore the site, get to know all the regal splendor of the royal palace, which is believed to have been King Henry VIII’s preferred abode. See the lavish Tudor Quarters, pause for reflection in the Chapel Royal, stroll through picturesque courtyards and admire art from the Royal Collection. Learn about all the history as you walk around the famous walls and listen to the stories of the royals who once called the palace home.
  • Private Hampton Court Palace tour
  • Get up close to prized artworks from the Royal Collection and see King Henry VIII’s replica crown in the Chapel Royal
  • Discover the history of the royal palace and the Tudor, Stuart and Georgian monarchs who resided there
  • Receive the undivided attention of a historian guide on this private tour

Why Travellers Choose This Tour

This private tour ensures you'll see the best of Hampton Court Palace's many highlights. Plus, your personal guide will tailor the commentary and itinerary to your interests, so if there's anything you'd like to hear more about or spend longer visiting, just ask!

What's Included

  • Professional art historian guide
  • All tickets
  • Private tour
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • KT8 9AU
    Hampton Ct Way, East Molesey KT8 9AU, UK

    Departure Point: Hampton Court Palace, Greater London Address: Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU Directions: Meet your guide at the Hampton Court ticket office Dates: Daily, except Sunday

End point

  • KT8 9AU
    Hampton Ct Way, East Molesey KT8 9AU, UK

    Return point: Concludes inside Hampton Court Palace

What To Expect

Meet your guide at Richmond's Hampton Court Palace, approximately a 30-minute train ride from central London. The palace is best known as the former residence of King Henry VIII, one of the best-known British monarchs.

Leave the admission area with your guide, and start your palace tour. Pose for photos in front of the palace’s iconic red-bricked front, and head through the arched entranceway, which is flanked by elegant columns and towers.

Follow your guide as you learn about the highlights of Hampton Court Palace. Admire Anne Boleyn’s Gate, a Tudor gatehouse, and gaze up at the Clock Court’s Astronomical Clock. Wander around the Tudor Quarters and Great Hall to see the impressive hammer-beam roof and the tapestries that cloak the walls. 

Ogle the art from the Royal Collection inside the Cumberland Art Gallery, and see acclaimed artwork by the likes of Canaletto, Caravaggio, Holbein and Rembrandt. Then, check out the opulence of the Chapel Royal — a site that was decadently decorated for the christening of Edward VI. As you stand beneath the gold-and-blue ceiling, wander to the royal pew to admire a replica of the crown worn by King Henry VIII himself.

Stop for refreshments at an on-site cafe before you view the Triumphs of Caesar. The collection of Andrea Mantegna paintings are said to make up some of the world’s most significant Italian paintings of the Renaissance period.

After 3.5 hours, make the most of some free time to explore independently. Maybe rest and enjoy lunch, or take an amble through the garden and grounds.

Hampton Court Palace

3 hours Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please note: trains from London Waterloo Station run regularly to Hampton Court; travel time is approximately 30 minutes. From Hampton Court Train Station to Hampton Court Palace is approximately a 10-minute walk
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.


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Six women paid almost a thousand...
Janice P, Sept 2016
Six women paid almost a thousand dollars for this guided tour. We were very dissappointed. The guide was not understandable, mumbled and was poorly organized.
This was beyond amazing and by far...
Laura B, Dec 2015
This was beyond amazing and by far the high light of my trip! Having the private tour enabled me to view artwork, places of interest to me, and get inside information from a true historian! My guide could not have been more knowledgeable. We both shared a passion for this castle and all its treasure
Wenn ich ehrlich sein sollte, war es...
Schellenberg B, Mar 2016
Wenn ich ehrlich sein sollte, war es leider das Geld nicht wert. Die Führung dauert lediglich bis um 13 Uhr, also eine Stunde weniger wie von Ihnen versprochen. Zudem war die Führerin zum Beispiel noch nie in den Küchen. Diese hätten mich so sehr interessiert. Die Dame war sehr liebenswürdig und unkompliziert und wahrscheinlich eine hervorragende Spezialistin für italienische Kunst.

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