A weekend day trip to Hampton Court Palace, Hampton Court Palace, Saturday, 17. August 2019

Saturday 17th August - a weekend day trip to Hampton Court Palace
Explore over 500 years of history at Hampton Court Palace, the palace that is really 2 palaces in one! First built by Cardinal Wolsey in 1514, it is home to Henry VIII's apartments, where so much of Henry's history with his many wives actually took place, you really feel like you walking in the footsteps of history.   Also not to be missed are the Tudor kitchens, the largest of their kind and a real food factory.
Having explored the Tudor palace we will turn our attention to the remodelled baroque palace built c1700. In the King's Apartments you can go back to the reign of William III at the end of the 17th century, and the Queen's Apartments take you back to the 1720s and the glittering court of George II and Queen Caroline
Hampton Court also houses some of the best and most famous art from the Royal Collection, from the collection of paintings known as the “Windsor Beauties” and “Hampton Court Beauties”, to the 2 most expensive items in the Royal Collection after the Crown Jewels, the 16th century Abraham Tapestries and Mantegna’s “Triumphs of Caesar”, to the changing selection of masters (a self-portrait by Rembrandt, Canalettos etc) in the Cumberland Gallery.
Lastly we will explore the MAGNIFICENT gardens. There are 60 acres of formal gardens, Privy Gardens, the oldest vine in the world, a Rose Garden and a Maze which is genuinely quite challenging.
Caroline will provide guided tours of the Palace exterior and layout, the Tudor Kitchens, Henry VIII’s Apartments, the King’s Apartments, an introduction to the gardens (and possibly the Queen’s Apartments if time). She may divide you into smaller groups if necessary. There will be free time to further explore the gardens, the maze, and the art collections and for lunch.
Meet: at 10:00 in front of the main entrance to Hampton Court Palace from Hampton Court Way, Surrey, KT8 9AU
Travel advice: Individuals to make their own way to Hampton Court Palace. The Palace is a 2 minute walk from Hampton Court Train station. Trains to Hampton Court depart London Waterloo or Vauxhall and take 35 minutes and there are usually 2-3 trains per hour on Saturdays. Oyster cards are accepted.
End: approx 16:30 at Hampton Court Palace. Those travelling back to central London may like to get the train together.
Numbers are limited to 20 people.  Registered members can invite one guest.
£38 for members
£40 for Guests
Booking Closes on 9th August
About your guide: Caroline Piper is a Downing College history graduate (1997) and a London Blue Badge Tourist Guide, the highest guiding qualification available.   She is passionate about history, literature, architecture, films and finding the “off the beaten track” London gems. You can find out more about her on her Piper Tours website where you can also find links to her Tripadvisor page, facebook page and memberships of professional guiding bodies. She has led several tours for the Society already which were all warmly received and recommended.
*Only members of the Cambridge Society of London (and their guests) may book tickets - if you are not currently a member and would like to beome one, please visit 

Cambridge Society of London Transfer and Refund Policy 
i) At least 14 calendar days before the event: We will provide full refunds. Alternatively, if you have found a suitable replacement, we can change the name on the ticket on the understanding that you will reclaim the ticket price from them separately.
ii) Between 4 and 14 calendar days before the event: Our arrangements with our hosts are always finalised 4 calendar days before each event. With more than 4 calendar days’ notice we can still change the name to someone named by you on the understanding that you will reclaim the ticket price from them separately. Alternatively, we MIGHT be able to sell it to someone else; there is no guarantee of that but we will do our best and then refund you if successful. 
iii) Less than 4 calendar days: We regret that we cannot offer refunds if given less than 4 calendar days’ notice.

Saturday, 17. August 2019, Hampton Court Palace, A weekend day trip to Hampton Court Palace

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