Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace


About Hampton Court 
At 16th-century Hampton Court, Henry VIII created legendary heraldic gardens between the palace and the river. Here, heraldic beasts were mounted on poles, trellis fences created compartments within which plants were arranged in knot patterns, and a banqueting house with an onion-shaped domed roof stood upon a mound. The fishponds in the neighbouring section of gardens were kept full by the efforts of the labourers who were paid for ‘ladling of water out of the Thames to fill the ponds in the night times’.

In later years, Elizabeth I had the windows overlooking her father’s Privy Garden blocked up so that she could walk out unobserved, on cold mornings she would march vigorously to ‘to catch her a heate’

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Hampton Court Palace 

The palace is located on the A308 and is well signposted from all the major local roads; drivers should follow the brown tourist attraction road signs. From the M25 take either exit 10 on to the A307 or exit 12 on to the A308. The palace is also accessible via the A3 and then the A309.
By Train
South West Trains run services direct from London Waterloo to Hampton Court. The journey takes only 35 minutes and the palace is a 200 metre walk across the bridge from the station. The train service passes through Wimbledon station, where the London Underground District Line begins.

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