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 aren't required in 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 last 30 minutes, with topics ranging 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
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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