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.
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.
Boat transportation to Kew is NOT included. Separate Thames River Boat tickets must be purchased or travel by train from Waterloo station to Kew . Combination tickets are issued separately. Your 24-hour boat pass is valid from first use, and you can visit Kew Gardens up to 72-hours after starting the cruise.
Head to the open deck for panoramic views of London’s landmarks. A full Westminster to Greenwich cruise takes approximately 1 hour, while a return cruise takes 2 hours in total.
Single & Return
|Zone||Single Oyster/ Online/App||Single standard|
|Central & East||£7.70||£10.50|
|Central & West||£8.20||£10.50|
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.
You can feel the history as you walk around Hampton court , it’s in the walls and the floors. And that’s the problem, any good national trust property bursts with antiques and memorabilia. Most found within Hampton court are reproductions or non existent.
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.
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|
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.
Tickets are cheaper if bought online rather than at one of the entrance gates. Current prices are £15.50 (concessions £14.50) if paying the voluntary donation, or £14 (concessions £13) if not. Tickets for children aged 4-16 years are just £2.50, while entry is free to children under 4 years.
It is suggested that most people take around three hours to explore the whole of the length of the Gardens. (It is about one mile across and takes about 40 minutes to walk across.) We usually stay the whole day and still never see everything. If you have time, spend the whole day at Kew.