A magnificent Tudor palace refashioned by Sir Christopher Wren in 1689.
Hampton Court has been home to many of the great Kings and Queens of England, including Henry VIII.
Tudor kitchens, gardens and world famous maze. Costume guided tours and multi-lingual audio guides.
Tel. 0844 482 7777.
Open Daily 1000-1800, closes 1630 Nov-Mar.
The Royal Horticultural Society holds a major Flower Show at Hampton Court annually in early July. The Show is very popular and as tickets are strictly non-transferable you should buy them only through the official RHS website: www.rhs.org.uk
In late May the RHS holds the famous Chelsea Flower Show near Sloane Square Underground station.
Travel in the front coach of the train to Hampton Court so you will be near the exit and among the first to reach the Palace - beating the queue for tickets at busy times.
If you are using Oyster (or a contactless card) remember to touch out as you leave the platform at Hampton Court, there are no barriers so it is easy to forget. Look for the yellow Oyster readers at the sides of the platform exit. Also remember to touch in when you return.
The trains from Waterloo to Hampton Court call at Vauxhall (useful for interchange with the Victoria line Underground), Clapham Junction (London Overground and National Rail) and Wimbledon (District line).
If you wish to take advantage of the 2FOR1 admission offer at Hampton Court Palace each person must have a National Rail ticket to Hampton Court or National Rail paper Travelcard covering zone 6. You can buy suitable tickets at the major National Rail stations in central London but make sure you go to the National Rail ticket office (above ground), NOT the Underground station downstairs! Oyster cards and tickets issued at Underground stations are NOT valid for the offer. National Rail tickets to central London terminals are also NOT valid for the offer at Hampton Court Palace (because it is in zone 6, not central London).
If you hold a 7-day Travelcard for zones 1 & 2 (a popular choice for tourists) show this when buying your ticket to Hampton Court so you only pay for travel from the zone 2 boundary. If you wish to use Oyster (or a contactless card) to travel all the way to Hampton Court you can buy 'dummy' National Rail tickets for the 2FOR1 offer - the cheapest are singles (one-way) from Thames Ditton to Hampton Court and you can buy these at any National Rail station.