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Hampton Court and Windsor Tour

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Hampton Court and Windsor Tour

A visit to the amazing Tudor Palace famous of King Henry the Eighth and then onto beautiful Windsor for a guided tour of the town and chance to enter the castle at your choice

Highlights

Return luxury coach travel

Entrance to Hampton Court Palace

Guided sightseeing tour of Windsor

Plenty of free time to explore or see the Castle

Services of Tour Manager

Description

For a truly royal experience, venture with Anderson Tours to Windsor and Hampton Court!  Visit the retreats of England's royal families and immerse yourself in their beauty.

Entrance into Hampton Court Palace is included & a guided sightseeing tour of Windsor!

In the morning travel by coach to Hampton Court Palace, the impressive country retreat of King Henry VIII. Situated on the River Thames some twenty miles from London.  Entrance is included with the chance to explore some six acres of magnificent buildings and surrounding gardens.

At lunch time we make the short transfer to Windsor, the weekend home of our current Royal Family and together with our guide we have a walking tour which includes all the major sights. The afternoon is free to explore further and visit the impressive Windsor Castle (entrance to the Castle is not included)

About Hampton Court

Hampton Court Palace is a former royal palace in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. The palace is located south west of Charing Cross and upstream from Central London on the River Thames. It is open to the public as a major tourist attraction. Along with St. James' Palace, it is one of only two surviving palaces out of the many built by Henry VIII.

Thomas Wolsey, then Archbishop of York and Chief Minister to the King took over the lease in 1514 and rebuilt the 14th century manor house over the next seven years (1515–1521) to form the nucleus of the present palace. Wolsey spent lavishly to build the finest palace in England, which he was later forced to give to Henry as he began to fall from favour.

Queen Jane Seymour gave birth to Prince Edward, the future King Edward VI at Hampton Court in 1537. She died there twelve days later, and her ghost is said to haunt the staircase in the Palace to this day.

Queen Catherine Howard was arrested there in 1542 and is said to have run along the Long Gallery screaming for King Henry VIII to save her, before his guards caught her and dragged her away. A ghost is said to haunt the palace, sometimes screaming in the same hallway.Others report seeing the notorious King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn.

Hampton Court is the site of the world-famous Hampton Court Palace Hedge Maze. Planted sometime between 1689 and 1695 by George London and Henry Wise for William III of Orange. It covers a third of an acre and contains half a mile of paths. It is possible that the current design replaced an earlier maze planted for Thomas Cardinal Wolsey. It was originally planted of hornbeam, although it has been repaired using many different types of hedge.

The maze is in 60 acres (0.2 km²) of riverside gardens. It has been described by many authors, including Defoe, who inaccurately called it a labyrinth.

The Palace houses many works of art and furnishings from the Royal Collection. Mainly dating from the two main periods of the Palace's construction, the early Tudor (Renaissance) and late Stuart to Early Georgian period.

About Windsor

Windsor is a suburban town and tourist destination in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead in Berkshire, England. It is best known as the site of Windsor Castle. The town is situated 21 miles (34 km) west of Charing Cross. It is immediately south of the River Thames, which forms its boundary with Eton. The village of Old Windsor, just over two miles to the south, predates what is now called Windsor by around 300 years; in the past Windsor was formally referred to as New Windsor to distinguish the two.

Windsor Castle (Entrance is not included on this tour) is one of the official residences of the British Royal Family. The castle was originally established by King William I of England but has been substantially altered and added to over the centuries.

As a result of the royal residence Windsor has facilities usually found in larger towns: two railway stations, a theatre and several substantial hotels. The town is also the location of Legoland, built on the site of Windsor Safari Park.

The Windsor wheel is a more recent addition to the town's tourist attractions, and provides an overhead view of the surrounding area, including the castle, Eton and the Thames Valley. Located in Alexandra Gardens near the River Thames, it is assembled in the summer and dismantled in the autumn.

Schedule

For a truly royal experience, venture to Windsor and Hampton Court!  Visit the retreats of England's royal families and immerse yourself in their beauty.

Entrance into Hampton Court Palace is included & a guided sightseeing tour of Windsor!

In the morning travel by coach to Hampton Court Palace, the impressive country retreat of King Henry VIII. Situated on the River Thames some twenty miles from London.  Entrance is included with the chance to explore some six acres of magnificent buildings and surrounding gardens.

At lunch time we make the short transfer to Windsor, the weekend home of our current Royal Family and together with our guide we have a walking tour which includes all the major sights. The afternoon is free to explore further and visit the impressive Windsor Castle (entrance to the Castle is not included) 

Additional Information 

Tour Includes

Return luxury coach travel Entrance to Hampton Court Palace Guided sightseeing tour of Windsor Plenty of free time to explore and buy lunch Services of your Tour Manager

Exclusions

Entrance to Windsor Castle is not included, but can be pre-purchased

 

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