Sunday, 9 November 2014

Hampton Court Palace with Kids

Who would have thought that a grand palace, 
built in the 16th century to become the home of kings, 
would be such a perfect place to spend a day with children? 

Situated in Kingston,
a mere 40min drive from central London,
Hampton Court Palace is the ideal destination
to escape London and introduce the little ones
to a fascinating part of Britain's history. 

A piece of History

What was once a rural barn evolved to become a palace
fit for one the most notorious kings:
Henry VIII and his six wives.

Henry VIII wanted to build
the most sumptuous and modern palace in Europe,
and he didn't spare any expense.

When the building works ended in 1540,
the palace came complete with tennis courts,
bowling alleys, magnificent pleasure gardens
and gigantic kitchens which fed 600 people twice a day.

Hampton Court Palace for families

Hampton Court Palace is very big, 
so it is advisable to plan your visit to get the most out of it 
{I'd say you can see a good part of it in four hours}.

Before you start, grab a family audio guide 
and fun family trails with quizzes. 

If the kids need a break,
head to the family room where you can have fun playing dress up! 

What to see

Wander inside Henry VIII's apartments, 
to see the Great Hall, the portraits of his wives 
and the amazingly beautiful stained glasses. 

Visit his chocolate kitchens 
which smell deliciously of freshly made chocolate, 
and the immense Tudor kitchens.

Then visit the splendid apartments of William III, 
where you can admire masterpieces from Rubens 
and even meet gentlemen and ladies of the court 
who will be glad to play a game of cards with you 
in the palace's drawing room. 

A Mum in London

Hampton Court Palace's Gardens

Hampton Court Palace's magnificent gardens
are the perfect place to chill out
and to let children burn off some energy.

For lots of family fun head to the Maze,
the most famous maze in the world
{visiting price included in Palace's ticket}.

In a nutshell: a very child-friendly palace
with lots to do & learn for little ones and adults alike!

Adults from £17.05, under 5s go free, family tickets available.
For more info about visiting Hampton Court Palace, click here.
For more information about family events at Hampton Court Palace, click here.

Many thanks to Hampton Court Palace for inviting us. 
Words & views my own.

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