Hampton Court Palace is a royal palace in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. It has not been inhabited by the British Royal Family since the 18th century. It was originally built for Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, who was a favourite of King Henry VIII around 1514 but in 1529 the Cardinal fell from favour and the palace was passed on to the King who subsequently enlarged it. Along with St. James Palace, it is one of only two surviving palaces out of the many owned by King Henry VIII.
The following century, King William III’s massive rebuilding and expansion project intended to rival Versailles was begun. Work halted in 1694, leaving the palace in two distinct contrasting architectural styles, domestic Tudor and Baroque.
Today, the palace is open to the public, and is a major tourist attraction. The first time I went to Hampton Palace, I went via the River Thames. It took 4 hours. At one point I thought it was the slow boat to China but it was the slow boat to Hampton Court Palace. My journey home was via the Underground which only took 45 minutes. Apart from the Palace itself and its gardens, other points of interest for visitors include the celebrated maze, the historic real tennis court ( different from modern day tennis) and the huge grape vine claimed to be the largest in the world.
While there, you will no doubt enjoy wandering about the Palace and the gardens and you will most likely bump into Henry VIII-well, his doppleganger anyway. He will talk at great length about the palace and you might even see one of his many wives. Henry and his wives wont be hard to miss, as they are dressed in traditional dress and speak British English from a different era. It is a good day out. The entrance fee is £20 but that is average for London Town. Go you must. You will love it. For more info regarding Hampton Court Palace, check out the link below.