Although some of the gardens are already open, the main buildings at Hampton Court Palace remained closed, until now. They’ve now reopened the main building, and a new one-way route has been introduced, which if anything at least stops you getting slightly lost in the long rooms and corridors.

As with most venues, they’re limiting entry numbers to maintain social distancing, so without being too predatory, for most of us, right now is a perfect time to visit, as the crowds are so much thinner than normal.

With all the downsides of the pandemic, one small sliver of silver lining is that all those places you keep meaning to visit but never get around to, are right now also far quieter than normal and hence for most of us, much more enjoyable to visit.

You get a lot more space to see what’s there, and fewer people getting the way of that important painting or object that you simply must have a look at.

As is coming commonplace with venues all over the place, you need to book tickets in advance, and new batches are released every Monday.

A ticket includes:

  • Entry to the palace via a one-way route including Henry VIII’s Kitchens, Henry VIII State Apartments, Georgian Story and William III’s Apartments
  • Entry to our historic gardens at Hampton Court Palace
  • Self-guided trails of the courtyards and gardens

Hampton Court Palace is currently open Wed-Sun (closed Mon & Tues) from 10:30am to 5pm.

The Magic Garden and Maze remain closed.

The price of tickets for adults are £24.50 and for children £12.50.

Members get free entry to all HRP properties – the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace (needs separate Kew Gardens ticket), and in Northern Ireland, Hillsborough Castle.


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