about two hours
One of the most pleasurable ways to get to Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is to arrive by boat . You can take the boat service from Richmond or Kingston (5 mins walk from either train or bus station). Or if arriving by train, you can take the shuttle boat from Hampton Court station.
It has everything. The palace is a harmonious blend of Tudor and Neo-Classical architecture set in glorious gardens. And there is history, lots of it, from Cardinal Wolsey and Henry VIII to William and Mary. Its rooms are packed with splendid paintings.
By train 35 minutes from London Waterloo – calling at Vauxhall, Clapham Junction, Earlsfield, Wimbledon, Raynes Park, New Malden, Berrylands, Surbiton and Thames Ditton before arriving at Hampton Court . You could also get a train to Kingston and then a bus (111, 216 or 411) from there to Hampton Court Gardens.
Beautiful gardens are free to visit – Hampton Court Palace.
Westminster – Kew – Richmond – Hampton Court summer service From April to October there are at least two services a day in each direction for the three-hour trip out to Hampton Court .
Along with St James’ Palace, it is one of only two surviving palaces out of the many the king owned. The palace is currently in the possession of Queen Elizabeth II and the Crown.
|Hampton Court Palace|
|Current tenants||Historic Royal Palaces|
|Owner||Queen Elizabeth II in right of the Crown|
I would allow around four hours to get round the house & gardens although if it’s a lovely day & you enjoy walking around & relaxing in the gardens you could easily spend all day there. over a year ago. I would allow full day, especially if you go on a sunny day – the gardens will take up an hour or two alone.
Garden only tickets from 4 January 2021
|Type||No donation||With donation|
|Members entry to all 6 palaces, maze & magic garden from £55 per year||Free||Free|
|Adult age 18-64||£8.00||£8.80|
|Child age 5-15 (under 5’s go free)||£6.00||£6.80|
|Concessions age 65+, 16-17, full-time student||£7.10||£7.90|
Pay as you go You can use contactless ( card or device) or an Oyster card on the River Bus service operated by Thames Clippers. Touch in at the start of your journey and touch out at the end on the yellow card readers, and when changing boats , to pay the right fare.
Palace admission is free for Historic Royal Palaces Members. Book a guided tour . For a truly memorable visit to Hampton Court Palace, book one of our friendly and knowledgeable guides for a private tour . A bespoke guided tour can be tailored to your historical interests.