hampton court palace open

Hampton Court Palace Opens

Hampton Court Palace Opens

The Palace opens its’ gates, ready to welcome visitors, plus there’s a new sculpture trail to explore

Hampton Court Palace re-opens its doors to visitors on 17th July for the first time since lockdown began in March. Set within 100 acres of stunning gardens and grounds, the riverside Tudor Palace was once a retreat for King Henry VIII from the dangers of the plague in the 16th century. As lockdown eases, we can once again enjoy its stunning gardens, whilst they’re at their beautiful best during the Summer months.


There is some stunning Tudor and Baroque architecture to take in as you walk through the palace courtyards to the spectacular formal gardens. Over the last few months, the gardens have been lovingly tended to by a team of dedicated gardeners. A visit in June will present a rare opportunity to enjoy them in unspoilt glory. Meanwhile, an exciting new sculpture trail has been installed in the gardens for families to follow. Featuring a host of characters from history, the trail will bring to life the story of the palace and its remarkable residents in the comfort of the great outdoors!


The Palace has installed a raft of new measures to help visitors feel safe and comfortable when they visit, including hand sanitiser dispensers, enhanced cleaning, and clear guidance on social distancing. Visitors are asked to book in advance, to help Historic Royal Palaces manage capacity on site, so visitors can enjoy their time at court with plenty of space.


Historic Royal Palaces, the independent charity that cares for Hampton Court Palace, is hoping visitors will show their support for its national treasures by returning for a visit this Summer. The charity is dependent on visitor income and facing a £95 million shortfall in its finances following the Coronavirus pandemic.  Visitors to Hampton Court Palaces will be helping make a vital contribution to the charity’s work caring for Hampton Court Palace and sharing its stories with the public.

Lucy Hutchings, Head of Hampton Court Palaces said

‘We are delighted to be welcoming visitors back to the palace again this Thursday. Hampton Court Palace was built to be enjoyed by hundreds of people and it’s been sad to see it so quiet over the past couple of months. Myself and the team can’t wait to welcome visitors back again and give them a suitably royal welcome. We’ve never needed their support more – each visit is an important contribution to help us maintain this wonderful building for generations to come.’

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