Hampton Court Palace
Hampton Court Palace is famously known to have been the Royal Palace belonging to King Henry the VIII, with its idyllic location beside the Thames in the London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames in Middlessex. It is approximately 11 to 12 miles from Central London. The Palace was acquired by Cardinal Thomas Wolsey in 1514 and work to redevelop the site began in 1515, previously the Knights of St John Jerusalem acquired the manor of Hampton Court in 1236, its acquisition and purpose was to be used as a centre for their agricultural estates, on this site was stored produce from their estates and was also used as a place where records and accounts were kept.
According to history, Hampton Court Manor became a tenanted property circa 1494, its first tenant known to have been Giles Daubeney, a courtier. He leased the property in 1494 and was succeeded by Cardinal Thomas Wolsey who by the time he took occupancy had great plans and ambitions as to its redevelopment. It was completely transformed by his vision to have an ostentatious country house to entertain hosts such as diplomats and delegations from around the world. In
1529 King Henry VIII appropriated the Palace as Wolsey fell from the king’s favour, the King then Proceeded to enlarge the palace. Further on, King William the III rebuilt and expanded it further, these works however destroyed much of the Tudor palace. The works to rebuild and expand the palace came to a conclusion in 1694. Hampton court palace saw its last resident in George the III, who used the palace shortly after his ascension to the throne, it ceased to be used after the death of Caroline his wife in 1737.
Today Hampton Court Palace is known for its beautiful architecture, its famous grounds and gardens, not to mention the maze which is reputed to be one of the biggest in the world and is an attraction in itself. It houses King Henry’s the VIII’s famous kitchens, the royal tennis court and the famous grape vine which was planted in 1768 and is reputed to be the longest in the world, its grapes are harvested in August and sold.
On your visit you will experience costumed guides who roam the hallways and courtyards in period characters. Not only do they add to the ambiance of your visit but are extremely well informed. There are theatrical exhibitions inside and the audio guide is to be recommended. Hampton Court Palace is appropriately
situated by the river Thames and is surrounded by beautiful views.
Should you wish to extend your visit to Hampton Court Palace, Bushy Park and Richmond Park lie close by. In these royal Parks you will find dear roaming through and on a clear day are fantastic locations for a family picnic. You’ll find the Pheasantry coffee shop in Bushy Park with seating inside and out, where you can sit and relax with a tea or coffee and enjoy the beautiful scenery. There are also a variety of restaurants and bars close to Hampton Court Palace, not to mention the cafes within the palace grounds, so if you feel a bit peckish you can enjoy some of the delicacies on offer.
When booking your trip with Londontaxinow you will be guaranteed a fully air conditioned, state of the art London Licensed taxi with wheelchair access. You will be driven to your destination by a fully qualified and professional London taxi driver. Most of our seasoned drivers have at least 20 years experience and will transport you in safety to and from your destination.
When planning your visit you will need to allow 4-6 hours for the whole experience. Our drivers will always be at hand to help should you require any extra assistance. We pride ourselves in providing a quality service so why not book now and make this a memorable day out for you and your family.