Hampton Court Palace
Hampton Court Palace, a former residence of English king Henry VIII, is a stately palace in Richmond and a favoured tourist destination in South West London. Built in the 16th century, the baroque and Tudor style palace hosts many events to this day.
To visit one of these events, or simply tour the grounds of the majestic Hampton Court Palace, guests can stay close by at the Park Inn Hotel & Conference Centre, London Heathrow. Situated near Heathrow airport, the hotel places visitors to the area within a close distance of London's major sites, all while remaining convenient for air travel.
Discover a rich history
Though the Hampton Court Palace hasn't been a residence of the Royal Family in over 300 years, the building still has a rich history. Henry VIII originally constructed the palace for a friend but later regained the grounds in 1529. In the next century, William III undertook a refurbishment of the palace that would never be completed.
As a result, Hampton Court Palace stands as an oddity amongst royal British buildings, as it has features of both the baroque and Tudor architectural styles.
Today, the palace features an art collection from the palace's heyday, as well as many original furnishings and a fully stocked armoury of antique weaponry. The palace Chapel Royal has been praised for its intricate stained glass and cornicing and is well worth a visit.
Venture into the palace gardens on a fine day, where you can enjoy over 60 acres of beautiful horticulture – from the stunning symmetry of the Privy Garden to the vibrancy of the Great Fountain Garden. Take time to lose yourself in the 300 year old Maze, the world’s oldest.