Here Wolsey rested and gave feasts; Henry VIII spent honeymoons; Mary I sat wearily waiting for the baby that never came; Elizabeth I hunted and intrigued; James talked theology; Charles I collected pictures and slipped secretly through his guards’ hands; Cromwell listened to the organ as Milton played it; Charles II made love; William III made gardens; the Georges planned battles then vowed never to return and closed the Old Lady down.
We provide the highest quality tour experience which is so much better than audio guides or other 'qualified' guides. Between the 3 Lions and other carefully selected guides, we have well over 50 years experience of walking and talking around these old walls which cannot speak for themselves. However, we certainly can talk and will bring the palace to life before your very eyes, for both young and old alike.
To give you a flavour, there are many stories to tell about all aspects of this magnificent royal palace whether it is royal history or the Grace and Favour residents who had apartments here. Tales of intrigues, scandal, gossip, myths and legends………..some true some not, but rest assured the 3 Lions tell nothing but the truth. We can assure you that after your tour with us you will see Hampton Court in a very different light!
General tours will explore the Tudor Kitchens, Great Hall, Chapel Royal, King’s and Queen’s State Apartments, plus the interlinking corridors and courtyards. You will learn about the history, the buildings, the people who lived here, the valuable contents and maybe even about a ghost or two!
Tour length is approximately 1 ½ hours but can be extended by mutual arrangement beforehand.
The 3 Lions gladly accommodate parties of all sizes from 1 person up to a maximum of 20 persons per tour guide for comfort.
Should you require a specific type of tour or any other information then please email us to explain your requirement and we will be delighted to communicate with you, after all this is what we do best.