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Hampton Court Palace

KidRated’s Hampton Court Palace Top Tips:

  • Best for kids & teens: Visit the kitchens and the Magic Garden play area.
  • Best for parents: Avoid the expensive cafés by having a picnic in the beautiful gardens.
  • Top tip: Don’t lose your kids in the maze!

Looking for a majestic day out with the kids? Hampton Court Palace is the perfect destination for families seeking a blend of history, adventure, and fun.


Step back in time as you wander through the stunning architecture of Hampton Court. The kids will love exploring the magnificent state apartments, filled with opulent furnishings and intriguing stories of Henry VIII and his court. Don’t forget to visit the Great Hall, where they can imagine the grand feasts that took place centuries ago.


For an extra dose of excitement, visit the Magic Garden. This whimsical playground is designed to spark the imaginations of children, with its dragon-themed slides, battlements to climb, and hidden tunnels to discover. It’s the perfect spot for kids to burn off some energy while you relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.


If your family enjoys a bit of mystery, you won’t want to miss the famous Hampton Court Maze. Watch as your kids navigate the winding paths and celebrate as they find their way to the centre of the oldest surviving hedge maze in the UK.


Throughout the year, Hampton Court Palace hosts a variety of family-friendly events and interactive exhibits. From Tudor cookery demonstrations to ghost tours and historical reenactments, there’s always something exciting happening.


Surrounded by lush gardens and scenic riverside views, Hampton Court Palace is the perfect place to enjoy a picnic or have a meal at one of the palace’s charming cafes after your adventure.


If you enjoy visiting royal palaces and castles, why not see what our KidRaters thought of Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle?

Booking Advice:

  • Get value for money with family tickets or become a member for unlimited entry to all Historic Royal Palaces.
  • Check online for different events happening throughout the year.
  • Kids under 5 visit for FREE
  • Visit in winter and check out the ice rink 



East Molesey


All year round

Phone number:

0333 320 6000


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How to get there:

Train: Hampton Court, 30 minutes from Waterloo

Teen Verdict

Family days out, attractions and things to do in London and beyond for kids, older kids and teenagers rated by kids and teens with KidRated


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

Things to do, places to go for kids and teenagers - cool, academic, fun and entertaining in London and beyond with KidRated

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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