Britain is fortunate to have a rich heritage of historic castles and palaces that are open to the public and where visitors can witness the magnificent architectural legacy and learn about the lives of people in times gone by. Hampton Court Palace is one of the UK’s premier tourist attractions and 2015 marks its 500 year anniversary. To celebrate this remarkable palace and its links with royalty, a series of events are taking place during the year that will bring Hampton Court’s fascinating history to life.
Originally built in 1514 for Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, Hampton Court Palace is probably best known for Henry VIII’s renovation project which turned it into Britain’s finest Tudor building. Now you can find out what it would have been like to be present in the court of Henry VIII with all its magnificence and majesty during the reign of this royal house.
See the Palace being used as it was in Henry VIII’s time as a cast of characters act out scenes from important moments. Listen to the sound of Tudor music or explore the beautiful gardens that have been restored to look as they did at the court of William III in 1702.
During the May Bank Holiday weekend children from ages 7-14 will love getting involved in TimeQuake as they follow a young explorer who will guide them on a mission to find characters from the past 500 years. They will have the chance to enter parts of the palace which are normally off limits, going through secret passages and looking behind closed doors.
Events take place every day until 31st August and this includes two Garden Parties celebrating a ‘palace of two halves’, one featuring King Henry VIII and the other themed around Charles II.
These 500 Anniversary celebrations of historic Hampton Court Palace offer something for all the family to enjoy and get involved in.
This post has been sponsored by Historic Royal Palaces, but all thoughts are our own.