Delve into Hampton Court Palace, home to splendid formal gardens, elegant cobbled courtyards and magnificent Tudor and Baroque architecture. Immerse yourself in the greatest and most authentic Tudor experience in the world. Explore the home of Henry VIII, his wives and children, experiencing their public dramas and private lives in the unique world of the Tudor court. Admire Henry’s Great Hall, discover the infamous Haunted Gallery and soak up the sights and smells in the Tudor kitchens.
Explore the Palace’s extensive gardens, each as spectacular as Hampton Court itself. Come face to face with mysterious mythical beasts in the Magic Garden, storm the battlements and explore the secret grotto. Discover the Great Fountain Garden with historic yew trees, sparkling fountains and the longest herbaceous mixed flower border in Britain. Lose yourself in the world-famous maze. Enjoy the stunning symmetrical Privy Garden, built to an original 17th century design, showcasing historical planting and magnificent marble sculptures. Find a sunny spot for a picnic, or search out the royal herd of deer in Home Park.
Head to the Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden, where over 200 pieces by artists across Britain and Europe are exhibited among breath taking surroundings. Admire artistic styles varying from figurative to highly abstract, as you take in the artists’ innovative use of contemporary materials from wire, glass and ceramics to stone, wood and bronze. Wander through pathways lined by serene ponds, broadleaved plants and mature trees as you examine sculptures that exhibit a meaningful relationship with the garden’s features. Feel inspired by the powerful relationship between art and nature as you admire a combination of peaceful, enclosed harmony and dramatic, surprise vistas in an ever-changing environment.
Delve into the British Wildlife Centre – home to the finest collection of native species in the countries. Enjoy a day spent learning about Britain’s own wonderful wildlife, with over forty different species on display. Stare in wonder at rarely seen species – from otters to wildcats – or enjoy seeing Britain’s more skittish animals up close – whether that be deer or free-flying British owls. Admire elusive night creatives in the Nocturnal House, or watch badgers pottering about in their underground sett. Stroll through Britain’s first walk-through Red Squirrel Enclosure – a chance to see red squirrels in their own copse. Listen to keeper talks or attend a feeding session to get up close and personal with the animals, and learn about how they live in the wild.