Exploring royal kitchens

Updated 2 July. Following government guidance, some of the outdoor spaces at Hampton Court Palace are now open Wednesday-Sunday. Palace interiors will reopen 17 July. The Magic Garden and Maze remain closed. Please read our visit information

About this session

Key Stage 2 | Subject: History | Topics: Tudors | Session Type: Route-based

Delivered by a costumed presenter in the Tudor kitchens, children will learn about the foods cooked and consumed at the palace and the necessary roles required to deliver this.

The session supports historical enquiry through active exploration and participation.

Learning objectives

Children will:

  • Understand the role of the different Tudor kitchen departments, and of those working there, through examining its fabrics and furnishings.
  • Investigate what the Tudor kitchens tell us about life at Henry VIII’s court.
  • Draw conclusions about what it was like to work in a Tudor kitchen and make comparisons with their own lives.

National Curriculum links

This session supports:


  • Developing a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding beyond 1066.
  • Understanding how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.
  • Understanding the methods of historical enquiry, how evidence is used to make historical claims.

Booking information

Monday - Friday
10.30, 11.45, 13.15
60 minutes
Up to 35 pupils
£95 plus admission

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