Gipsy Lane, Barnes, London SW15 5RG
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Went ice skating here on Sunday with a group of 85 children and 25 adults. Very well organised and good fun. The staff were very good, much better than we’ve had at other open air ice rinks.
Also visited the gardens earlier in the year. Very nice!
Worth it for the ice skating most definitely.
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Never yet had a bad day out here, neither have my kids. There always seems to be something new to discover. I always feel a great sense of history walking up to the entrance and feel that the handsomely laid out gardens have a calming effect.
We went to Hampton Court Palace for the day two weekends ago, took a bottle of wine and a picnic blanket and had the most gorgeous day! What was even better is if you travel by train from waterloo you can pick up a two for one voucher which means that the train and ticket for the two of us in total was about £30- amazing.
Highlights were the garden and the kitchens, we even had a turn at roasting some meat on a giant rotisserie, worth a visit!
The palace is immersed in history and, though a little way away from the centre of London, is worthy of a visit. The gardens are vast and well-kept, and the Palace itself is great to wander round in. People based more locally might want to revisit it.
Obviously great historic importance and a beautiful building. Loads to see and the gardens are beautiful, so if it's a nice day then you can really get your money's worth and spend a whole day here. Not a great day out, but definitely a very good one.
Three in one: a Tudor palace, an 18th century palace, and classical gardens. A great day out (it takes a day...) and well worth joining Royal Palaces (Kew Palace, Kensington Palace, the Tower of London).
Accessible by train via Hampton Court station, which is a terminus meaning you get a seat on the way back - much appreciated!
When the restaurant inside the palace is full, you may wish to remember that there is an other one to the north, in the gardens.
And there is a giant park nearby with deers in autumn. As good as it gets...
A couple of weekends ago, several friends and I went to Hampton Court palace.
It was a bright sunny summer’s day, and all was great.
Overall, we liked Hampton court, but weren’t particularly impressed by it.
The rooms are all empty, there is nothing of great interest to see aside from the “young henry” exhibit, and even that is a series of nearly empty rooms with text on the walls and a few paintings!
The gardens are lovely, and were in full bloom when we visited. It was a huge shame that nobody either in the palace or when we bought our tickets mentioned to us that the maze closed a few hours earlier than the rest of the palace. It is what we were the most excited about, and were gutted to have missed it.
Overall, it was a somewhat boring visit, with a big let-down at the end.
Hampton Court palace may hold a bit of interest for the younger crowd, or for huge architecture fans, but for us it was boring.
The fact that they had NO AUDIO GUIDES left when we went to get some (and we tried no less than THREE times, at varied intervals, during our visit) made us all decide that we’d never be coming back and that the visit wasn’t really worth the whopping £14.
I’ve been here 3 times. It’s a fantastic country palace. Reminds me of Versailles - but slightly smaller, and less grand.
The best time to visit is in Spring, or Summer. Check the website for festivals and other special events. We went on the weekend for the 500th anniversary of King Henry VIII’s coronation which had loads of entertainment, events and fireworks for the same price.
You can also often get cheap entry through National Rail website and daysoutguide.co.uk. It can get as cheap as 2 for 1 so an absolute bargain.
It’s not the easiest palace to get to, but fantastic if you like old buildings and gardens.
Better than Windsor in my opinion.
The home of Henry VIII, Hampton Court is a few hundred yards over the bridge and then to the right after exiting the railway station.
Entrance is pricey at close to £20 per adult - families can save a few quid on a joint ticket.
The palace itself is very well kept and is larger than the map they give you indicates. The courtyards are spectacular and the kings & queens rooms are jawdropping.
If its your kind of thing, you could easily spend half the day wandering around the gardens - they are beautifully kept. Don’t miss the Maze, although not as big as I was led to believe, it is free entry when you purchase a ticket to the palace. Otherwise its £3.50 per adult.
All in all I feel you could spend a longer day out here than at Windsor Castle. If you’re thinking of one or the other - in my opinion choose here.
A true gem, in that it is still possible to view most of the original building which Henry VIII “persuaded” Cardinal Wolsey to sell to him. If you go off-peak when there are few tourists then you can feel the history around you - walk teh same floorboards that Anne Boleyn walked, view the enormous kitchens that served a palace full of the king’s entourage. The barge walk nearby isn’t bad either!
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