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Hampton Court Palace
Thursday 23 May 2019

Today we will discover the magnificence of Henry VIII's favourite royal residence, Hampton Court Palace. The original Tudor palace was begun by Cardinal Wolsey in the early 16th century but it soon attracted the attention of Henry VIII, who brought all his six wives here. The Palace is surrounded by gorgeous gardens and famous features such as the Maze and the Great Vine. When William III and Mary II took the throne in 1689, they commissioned Sir Christopher Wren to build an elegant new baroque palace. Later, Georgian kings and princes occupied the splendid interiors. When the royals left in 1737, impoverished ‘grace and favour’ aristocrats moved in. Queen Victoria opened the palace to the public in 1838 and it has remained a magnet for millions of visitors, drawn to the grandeur, the ghosts and the fabulous art collection, including Mantegna’s ‘Triumph of Caesar’ paintings. We can immerse ourselves in the sights and sounds of the bustling Base Court, the first big court-yard of the Tudor palace inside the West Front which contained 30 suites of lodgings, used for the grandest visitors. We can marvel at the breath-taking grandeur of Henry's State Rooms. We can tickle our taste buds in the vast Tudor kitchens, where up to 800 courtiers could be fed daily, stroll through over 60 acres of enchanting gardens, lose ourselves in the famous maze and appreciate the beauty of one of the greatest palaces on earth. We will certainly not run out of things to do and see. Audio guides are included in the palace ticket and there are costumed tours and talks. For those not taking a picnic, there are three dining options at Hampton Court Palace. The Tiltyard Café is a self-service coffee and deli bar, the Privy Kitchen Café at the heart of the Palace is ideal for a quick bite to eat mid-visit serving a variety of hot drinks, sweet treats, Tudor-style pies and warming soups and lastly the Fountain Court Café, serving elegant dishes and afternoon teas directly to your table in a refined restaurant setting.
Depart Bradmoor Farm: 08.45 for 09.00 or Pick up opposite Lambert Arms : 09.15
Depart Hampton Court Palace: 15.15 (planned return Bradmoor Farm about 17.30)
Cost per head: £27.00 or Cost per head for Members of Historic Royal Palaces: £16.00
Visit Organiser: Alison Stevenson 07768 400890