Thursday 4th October

Hampton Court is famous for being one of the palaces lived in by Henry VIII. It was built in 1515 and enlarged by Henry from 1529. The following century, William III undertook massive rebuilding and expansion work with a view to rival Versailles.

Among the many highlights are Henry VIII’s Great Hall hung with the splendid tapestries, The Story of Abraham and William III’s state apartments which include the Great Bedchamber. It also houses the Cumberland Art Gallery with masterpieces by Rembrandt, Holbein and Van Dyck, as well as the Mantegna Gallery, which contains The Triumphs of Caesar.

The Palace is surrounded by beautiful gardens where you can see, amongst other features, the restored Privy Garden and world famous Maze.