- Mumsnet Reviews
- More Information
- Show on map
"getting your walking legs on…"
I had not been to Hampton Court since I was a child. The thing I remembered most from then was the maze. Playing in it this time it was so much smaller than I remembered. However, clearly it was big for the DCs, aged 5 and 8. They loved it and went round and round and round it. We also visited the palace, which has some lovely rooms and enough to entertain children, in terms of dressing up, watching tape slide shows. But the best bit was the long long walk along the Thames back towards town. Beautiful but long, calm, interesting - we walked as far as Richmond. Then later went to New Malden by train for the most amazing Korean food.Read moreLess
1 person found this review helpful.
"Brilliant day out for all the family…"
Hampton Court really is the full package when it comes to a family day out. You've got history, fun activities as well as beautiful grounds - and it's fully accessible and really easy to get to by public transport. What more could you want?!
We tipped up on a bank holiday when the Tudor Fayre was happening, so there were even more activities on hand for families - with lots of costumed actors roaming the grounds and buildings, happy to chat to visitors and doing remarkably well to keep in character, which our daughter loved.
We arrived at lunchtime, which honestly didn't leave us long enough to see everything - this is a big place with lots of exhibitions and rooms to wander through, not to mention the extensive gardens which are fantastic.
Audio guides are free - there's also additional commentary just for kids - and everyone who wants to gets a scholar's robe to wear to help get into the feel of things. If you don't want to listen the audio, we found all the staff to be extremely friendly and happy to pass on their knowledge.
Highlights for us were the Great Hall (where you can spot Anne Boleyn and Henry's initials intertwined - they missed this out when Anne was written out of the Palace's history), the Great Vine - complete with Guinness Book of Records certificate that it's the oldest recorded vine in the world - and the Tudor Kitchens. The gardens, which run up to the River Thames, are also amazing in their own right.
While you're visiting, there are numerous places to eat - as well as some lovely picnic grounds. We had a light meal in the Privy Kitchen and while the queue was a little slow, our daughter loved eating in what was Queen Elizabeth I's private kitchen. There are healthy lunchbox options for kids if you haven't brought your own lunch with you.Read moreLess
"We had a fantastic day here. The activities eally engaged…"
We had a fantastic day here. The activities eally engaged the children aged 9 and 5, and there was plenty to do. The grounds are beautiful and there's lots of space to run around. Overall very interesting and educational and we will definately be going backRead moreLess
2 people found this review helpful.
"I went to Hampton Court Palace in December 2011 with…"
I went to Hampton Court Palace in December 2011 with my partner and two children aged 9 and 7. Oldest child had just "done" tudors at school and I remembered Hampton Court from when I was a child so we thought we'd give it a go. It was good value I thought, atRead moreLess
1 person found this review helpful.
"Great day out, the first time we visited our dds…"
Great day out, the first time we visited our dds were quite young, i was amazed at how much the learnt. the maze is great.Read moreLess
"A very slick visiting experience - great access from station…"
A very slick visiting experience - great access from station or in car - parking on site very reasonably. Helpful staff and GREAT guides to what you can do in however much time. No queuing to get in and clear signing. LOVELY gardens and charming cafe.
We adored the kids gowns to dress up in and the re-enactments were engaging. The audio guides had us laughing out loud and made the visit. The maze tbh you can miss - its a waste of time.Read moreLess