Waterloo Railway Station (meet by the main ticket office, which is directly opposite Platform 16) | Map
Guided by Isobel
Short version: In Hampton Court "dead kings and queens walk again and dead lips ask 'what of the isles of England and her sea?' Till whispers fill the tower of memory"
Long version: It casts its spell even before we get to it. From the bridge, we'll catch our first thrilling glimpse of the Great Hall towering over Wolsey's courts and surrounded by a forest of twisted chimneys. With that glimpse, the centuries begin to melt away. Welcome to Hampton Court. Welcome to the climax of the English mediaeval tradition. Welcome to the last fanfare of castle, keep, and the great hall - the setting for the saga of Wolsey and Henry VIII and his six wives.
We go to Hampton Court on Thursday, December 27. The meeting time is 9.30 am. The meeting point is by the main ticket office – it's directly across from Platform 16 – of Waterloo Railway Station.
The adult Tariff (entrance to Hampton Court) is £18. For the total cost of the trip just add the Tariff to the guide's fee* N.B. get a Zones 1-6 Travel Card (or Oyster Card) – it'll cover your travel fares.
*The guide's fee for a Day Trip is £18 for adults. Or £16 for Super Adults (over 65s) and students. Or £14 for people with the London Walks Discount Card. Kids under 15 accompanied by their parent(s) go free.
N.B. Roll on Summer 2019. We plan on going to Richmond & Hampton Court on quite a few Mondays in the high season in our Summer 2019 programme. Keep an eye on www.walks.com – as soon as the particulars are hammered out in the new year the schedule will go up here instanta.
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London Walks always aces it with the quality of the information that you get. Re the Real Tennis court at Hampton Court and learning that in early tennis the player might briefly rest, letting a servant throw in the ball, thus 'service.'
Or that 'timberhill' was an old word for staircase.
If you can't make the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Hampton Court Tour do think about booking one as a private tour. For a singleton or a couple or foursome a private tour is more expensive than going on one of the public tours but they're still good value. Indeed, best value if you compare them with what's on offer in the wider marketplace. And for a reasonably sized group, they're superb value – cost you less than going on one of the public outings. If you go private you can have the Hampton Court Tour – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We'll tailor* it to your wishes and requirements. And – always with private London Walks and tours – we go to great lengths to make sure the guide-walker(s) "fit" is well-nigh perfect. Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at email@example.com and we'll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk – they're good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group – makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing. Or indeed a fab present – be it a birthday or anniversary or get-to-know-your-new neighbourhood gift or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that's special. Memories make us rich. *So if you want, say, just half a day in Hampton Court – no problem, just say the word.