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Hampton Court Palace

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ABOVE: Tiptoe through the Tudors with guides who dress the part. INSET BELOW: Lantern-lit tours are for guests who aren't afraid of ghosts.

Guided tours

photoGuided tours aren't required at the palace: You can simply walk through the rooms on your own, with or without an audioguide. Still, unless you're in a hurry, allow time for a tour or encounter with a guide in historical costume. Most of these are 30 minutes long, with topics that range from "Jacobean Character Tour of Henry VIII's State Apartments" to "Gossip and Intrigue with a Courtier in Clock Court."

Depending on when you visit, other tours and daily events might include a presentation on the Great Vine by the Keeper of the Vine, a garden history tour, or a performance of Baroque music on period instruments in the King's Apartments.

  • Note: Tours, encounters, and presentations are included in your ticket price. Audioguides are also free, and are available in six languages.

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