You can get here, just like King Henry VIII did back in Tudor times, via the River Thames but it is a 3 hour journey so we opted for the train which leaves Waterloo Station and gets in to Hampton Court Station 30 minutes later. It is just a short walk across the river to Hampton Court
Walking through the main gates towards the ticket office we saw a side gate with this beautiful gold design. It is not part of the tourist experience but it was just so lovely, I had to have a photo.
The next part of the tour was "Young King Henry VIII's story" which mostly covered his life while married to Catherine of Aragon and his relationship with Thomas Wolsey. I enjoyed this thoroughly and was intrigued by the graffiti to be found in areas like window sills and fireplaces (where a softer stone is used). The graffiti are from Henry's time and are now historical relics and need protecting by perspex shields. We were told they were carved into the stone while people waited for an audience with the king....or Wolsey. It was around this time that I realised I did not have much battery in my camera so, just for once, I did not take excessive photo's.
Next we were off to visit the Great Hall. The walls are covered in the most beautiful enormous tapestries. It really is the most beautiful chamber.....just look at that ceiling!
here to see the beautiful ceiling in this chapel. Also on display was a replica of Henry's crown.
After lunch we decided to skip the Baroque part of the palace and instead head to the formal gardens, known as the Privy Gardens, but to get there we had to walk through a more informal garden. Of course the daffodils and crocuses were prolific here as well.
It was a fabulous day out and there is so much to see and do here but the days are still quite short in February so we decided to make our way back to London.
The next day was going to be a long one as we had to pack and head to the airport for a 10pm flight. A flight that lasts over 20 Hours. We did spend the day in and around London at the Natural History Museum and the V&A before taking the Tube to Heathrow. Now I am back home and this trip seems such a long time ago already. I want to thank all the readers who joined me on this journey and left such wonderful comments. I am glad you enjoyed it all.