Hampton Court

073eI have been watching the wonderful adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall on tv recently, and reading her novel Bring up the Bodies. It seems that I just cannot get enough of the Tudors at the moment. I always was a bit of a history geek! I realised that despite living only an hour away from Henry VIII’s wonderful palace, Hampton Court, I had never visited…so we did!

027eMuch of the palace is open to the public, including Henry’s living quarters, kitchen and stunning banqueting hall.


191eI loved the dark stone-floored corridors connecting the different sections of the palace.

008eAs did Joe, who had so much fun exploring


020eAn idea of the scale!



153e149eBeautiful detail of the Tudor rose in a ceiling


The number of chimneys, and the variety of designs, was amazing



159eMia’s favourite part was the dressing up! There were velvet capes, in lovely jewel colours, available to borrow and wear around the palace. Seeing people wandering through the corridors in their capes really gave a feel of what the place would have been like as a royal court.

The gardens at Hampton Court are stunning too, and worth a visit in their own right. I am putting together a separate post on the gardens…I saw my first snowdrops and daffodils of the season!


2 thoughts on “Hampton Court

  1. brinja Reply

    …those trees… WOW!!!

    1. hellomistermagpie Reply

      I know! They’re really old yew trees, such crazy sculptural shapes!

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