Hampton Court Palace - managed by Historic Royal Palaces, an independent charity - is in south-west London and has over 500 years of history to discover. The home of Henry VIII, his wives and children, the palace is the greatest and most authentic Tudor experience in the world.
But Hampton Court isn't just a Tudor Palace. Explore our Baroque Palace, built for William III and Mary II. Its spectacular views and decorative interiors provide a fascinating glimpse of Stuart and Georgian privilege.
The palace grounds and gardens are equally stunning. From the world famous maze and grape vine to the ornamental gardens, exploring outside is a magical treat too.
There is level access from the main entrance to:Pre-purchase desk in the Ticket OfficeToiletDining TablePalace ShopHenry VIII's KitchensThe Kitchen GardenThe Formal Gardens
There is level access from the car park to:Picnic Area
Access with steps
There are steps from the main entrance to:Privy Kitchen Coffee Shop
Travel by public transport
Hampton Court Palace is in travelcard zone 6.
There is a car park on site which has nine disabled parking bays. Parking is currently free for blue badge holders; the cost is £1.60 per hour for those without a blue badge. All car parking bays are available on a first come first served basis and cannot be booked in advance.
Additional parking is available on Hampton Court Green - where there is a coach park as well as car park - and at Hampton Court train station.
Cars and taxis may pull in next to the Ticket Office to drop off if the car park is full. Minibuses and motorhomes too large to fit into the palace car park may do the same before going off-site to park in the coach bays on Hampton Court Green. Motorhomes and caravans should also use the coach bays on Hampton Court Green.
Path to main entrance
The gate will be open whenever the palace is open. The approach is tarmac and bonded gravel but entry is straight onto cobbles once inside.
Getting around inside
Visual Impairment - General Information
Lift to the first floor
Ticket/ information desk
Pre-purchase desk in the Ticket Office
The desk has an induction loop wired into it for hearing aid users. Although primarily there for people needing to collect pre-purchased or online tickets, it can also sell day tickets to anyone who enters the Ticket Office.
First Floor State Apartments
Although our displays don't have flashing lights, visitors are allowed to take personal photographs - which means there will often be camera flashes, and sometimes a lot of them.
There are five accessible toilets inside the palace and three more in the palace gardens. Two of the accessible toilets inside the palace (off Base Court) have a small lip at the entrance.
There is also an accessible toilet on the first floor near the Queen's Stairs.
The Palace Shop is opposite the Ticket Office, so visitors do not need an admission ticket to browse or shop in it.
Place to eat and drink
Privy Kitchen Coffee Shop
The Privy Kitchen offers soup, pies and sandwiches along with cake and crisps, and hot and cold drinks.
Place to eat and drink
The Tiltyard Cafe offers hot meals and salads, as well as sandwiches, cakes and drinks (hot and cold).
Henry VIII's Kitchens
Most of the floor surfaces are cobbles and there are some very small rooms which can easily get congested. There is also a real fire in the final room (not between October 2017 - May 2018 due to maintenance work).
Getting around outside
The Kitchen Garden
The Kitchen Garden is a one acre vegetable garden. It has wide paths around the sides but narrow paths through the vegetable beds which can have plants spilling over them at the height of the growing season.
Visitors may picnic in any of the palace gardens. There are benches, deckchairs (summer months only) and some picnic tables, and visitors can sit on the grass.
The Formal Gardens
There are three gates from the East Front into the Formal Gardens. Visitors can also reach them from the Mantegna Gallery.
The Formal Gardens consist of the Great Fountain Garden, the Privy Garden, the Pond Gardens and the 20th Century Garden. The Great Vine and the Royal Tennis Court are also in the Formal Gardens.
Customer care support
There are seats in most rooms and we have a number of objects that can be handled.
Emergency evacuation procedures
Our alarm system is a sounder but all visitors should follow the instructions of the Front-of-House Staff, who will be able to guide them to the nearest safe exit (as it is possible that an evacuation may be required and it isn't sounded).
All our accessible toilets have pull-cord alarms that link back to our Control Room, but they don't flash.
Customer care support
We provide some additional services for visitors with disabilities to help them get the most from their visit but most require staff or volunteer assistance so must be pre-booked well in advance.
However, our guidebook is available in Braille and can be borrowed at any time from the Information Centre. We also have audio tours in versions suitable for partially sighted visitors.