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Brief description of site

Hampton Court is a Tudor palace, set in grounds of about 218 hectares. The site includes formal gardens around the palace, a deer park, maze, rose garden and wilderness. The site is bounded by the River Thames to the south and east.

Brief history of site

The site originated in the medieval period. The Tudor palace and gardens were developed from 1514 by Cardinal Wolsey, and acquired by Henry VIII in 1528. The house was remodelled from 1689 by Sir Christopher Wren, and the gardens were also redeveloped in the formal style at the same time. The house and gardens were opened to the public in 1838.

Location information:

Address: Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 9AU

Locality: Surrey

Local Authorities:

Greater London; Richmond upon Thames

Historical County: Middlesex

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 176 Grid Ref: TQ158684
Latitude: 51.4028 Longitude: -0.336642


Rail: Hampton Court, Kingston then bus. Bus: 111, 216, 267, 411, 461, 513, R68. River Thames Boat Service to Hampton Court.

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

Palace/Maze 10am-6pm (summer)/-4.30pm (winter). Formal Gardens 10am-7pm (summer)/-5.30pm (winter). Informal Gardens 7am-8pm (summer)/-6pm (winter).

Visitor information:

Parking. Refreshments. WCs. Disabled access (limited in some areas). Shop. No dogs.

Key information:

Form of site: garden

Purpose of site: pleasure ground

Context or principal building: palace

Site Style : formal

Site first created: After 1514

Main period of development: 16th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 218

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