Hampton Court Hotels
Mini guide to Hampton Court
Situated in southwest London, Hampton Court Palace has a rich history dating back
to the 16th century and the times of Henry VIII and William III. It boasts magnificent
state apartments, audio tours, a calendar of major annual festivals and fantastic
gardens that include the world's most famous maze.
One of Hampton Court's claims to fame is that it houses part of the world's
largest private art collection, known as the Royal Collection and owned by none
other than the Queen. The artwork covers the age of the palace and has some
hugely important works from the 16th, 17th and early 18th centuries.
Many visitors come to Hampton Court just to see the world famous maze that
was planted at the end of the 17th century, making it more than 300 years old.
Originally made for William of Orange, the maze tempts people to get lost amid
its hundreds of twists and turns.
There are six different tour routes of the palace that visitors may take, depending
on what interests them most, whether it's the state apartments and kitchens
or an emphasis on art or the palace grounds. One of the biggest festivals at
Hampton Court is the annual Hampton Court Flower Show, held in the palace gardens
and nearby Bushy Park.
Nearby there are several picturesque reservoirs, while Sandown Park and Kempton
Park Racecourse are also in close proximity. London and Oxford are also feasible
day trips from Hampton Court.
Hampton Court is situated on the A308 near the M3 motorway and M25 ring road.
Two trains per hour run here from London's Waterloo Station, while underground
trains run to Vauxhall and Wimbledon, from where rail connections frequently
run to Hampton Court Station. Various bus routes serve the palace and river
launches run from Richmond-upon-Thames, Kingston-upon-Thames and Westminster.
The nearest air terminal is only 10 miles away at Heathrow International Airport.
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