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Hampton Court Palace

KidRated’s Hampton Court Palace Top Tips:

  • Don’t lose your kids in the maze!
  • Avoid the expensive cafés by having a picnic in the 60 acres of beautiful gardens.
  • Visit in winter and check out the ice rink (tickets for this winter can be booked now)
  • Under 5’s can visit the family room to enjoy toys, books and fancy dress



We here at Kidrated love Hampton Court! Home to Henry VIII and prison to Charles I, Hampton Court Palace has hosted a range of royals during its history and has been open for public viewing since the 19th century.


See Henry VIII’s hanging tapestries in the elaborate Great Hall, or marvel at a sparkling recreation of his crown in the Royal Pew. Those who fancy meeting the great man ‘himself’ can buy tickets for ‘A Living Tudor World’. Just be sure to practice your bows and curtsies.


Food-lovers can explore the royal kitchens originally designed to feed at least 600 people, twice a day. Those with a sweet tooth will love seeing the Chocolate Kitchens where King George I’s personal chocolatier used to prepare chocolate drinks for royal dinners.


Live historic cookery events throughout the year give you the chance to learn the mouthwatering recipes fit for a king.


Hampton Court Maze, built in 1700 and the UK’s oldest surviving hedge maze, provides a challenge for the adventurous and curious. Kids can become modern-day explorers with help from the Time Explorers app, which will take them on an interactive journey around the grounds.


Or if you prefer, guided tours are available with dramatic presentations en route. Check online to see which days are best for Hampton Court Palace’s seasonal guided tours and talks (included in your ticket price). Or for plenty of great family-friendly activity suggestions.


If you and your family enjoy visiting royal palaces and castles, why not also check out the KidRated reviews of Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle?


New in 2016 is the Magic Garden: a garden of discovery and exploration for kids aged 2 – 13.

Booking Advice:

  • Book now for half-price tickets!
  • Get value for money with family tickets or a membership for unlimited entry to all Historic Royal Palaces.
  • Check online for different events happening throughout the year.
  • Kids under 5 can visit for FREE.



East Molesey


All year round

Phone number:

+44 (0) 844 482 7777


How to get there:

Train: Hampton Court, 30 minutes from Waterloo

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Teen Verdict

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I loved going to Hampton Court as a teenager. There’s so much interesting history there that keeps you hooked. I especially liked seeing the kitchens. I never knew the ways in which they stored milk and cheese and other perishables. Absolutely fascinating. The best bit was probably the chocolate kitchen though… might have to keep that in mind for my own house one day.

Parent Point of View

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Laura Porter

  • Hampton Court Palace has lots of family events, especially in the school holidays, so check the schedule before visiting.
  • Let the kids try turning the spit in the kitchen and look out for the graffiti scratched into the stone around the Palace.
  • If you’re bringing babies and toddlers remember there are cobbles and gravel paths here so it’s not a smooth ride. You can ask to use the lift to see the first floor or you can leave the pushchair at the Buggy Park.
  • The Magic Garden is amazing so don’t let the kids see it before you’ve looked around the Palace or you’ll never leave. If you really won’t go inside get a ticket for just the Maze and Magic Garden as it’s much cheaper.

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  1. Pauline

    The palace is overwhelmingly large, BUT there are some great activities to participate in on some weekends. Our favourite place to go is the kitchen, where re-enactors hold demonstrations of how food was prepared. They are excellent at letting kids get involved and demonstrating pie moulds and talking about roasting meats on spits, which is much more intersting than it sounds. Of course there are apartments and art work, which might become tedious for younger visitors. There really is a load to take in. Kids will likely enjoy the maze outside. It might be best for older kids and teens who have a keen interest in history.

    1. Natalie

      Weather reports say it’s going to warm up half way through the week so something to look forward to!

  2. Ed Morris

    My kids love it here. The maze, the actors playing the parts of Henry and his posse of wives, little secret gardens round by the great vine, and the arsenal room. Warm up by the kitchen fire in the winter.

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