The Real Tennis Champions Trophy

See the favourite sport of Henry VIII played out on the historic tennis court at Hampton Court Palace

See the favourite sport of Henry VIII played out on the historic tennis court at Hampton Court Palace

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When

Cancelled


Ticketing information

Tickets will go on sale in spring 2020. To reserve tickets please email events@hrp.org.uk.

The minimum age is 12 to attend this event.

Wheelchair access

Access to the standing ticket galleries will require climbing narrow stairs. If you have any access requirements, please contact us on 033 3320 6000 (Textphone: 18001 033 3320 6000) before booking.


Separate ticket (advance booking required)

Unfortunately, this event has been cancelled, with plans to reschedule for a later date. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Join the world's best Real Tennis players for excitement, drama and incredible sporting battles on the historic tennis courts at Hampton Court Palace. 

Tennis, but not as you know it

Real Tennis is an ancient game played by kings of Europe, most famously by the young Henry VIII. Henry was a keen and talented tennis player who spent hours on court.

The game today still embraces its history and intrigue, using rules that date back to the 15th century, and is practised by dedicated professional athletes.

Power, dexterity and breathtaking skill

Like a tournament of old, it’s the Real Tennis player's ambition to be crowned the best of the best. The Real Tennis Champions Trophy is a unique chance to see the game played at the highest level — with extraordinary speed, power, control and grace. 

Pros from America, Australia, France and the UK will grace the competition court and provide inspiration and entertainment.

The format of this world-ranking tournament reduces the size of the draw to the world's top eight players, resulting in exciting sporting action at every stage, with the amazing backdrop of Hampton Court Palace.

A match in progress in the Royal Tennis Court
Built in the reign of King Charles I and remodelled in the reign of Charles II, the tennis court is still is use today and is the venue for the British Open Real Tennis Championships

Hospitality packages

Prefer your tennis with a spot of lunch? Details of our hospitality packages are coming soon — please contact our events team at events@hrp.org.uk to find out more.

Real Tennis at Hampton Court Palace

The Royal Tennis Court in 2016 after conservation, looking south-west along the Middle Border towards the East Front. The Royal Tennis Court stands under a bright blue summer sky.

The first tennis court at Hampton Court was built for Cardinal Wolsey, between 1526 and 1529. The external wall to the right of the viewing gallery in the current building is Cardinal Wolsey's original.

The Royal Tennis Court is today the world's most historic court and a designated National Monument. Charles II, William III and even Prince Albert have all mastered the art of Royal Tennis within its walls.

Find out more at the Royal Tennis Court website
The Royal Tennis Court in 2016 after conservation, looking south-west along the Middle Border towards the East Front. The Royal Tennis Court stands under a bright blue summer sky.
Things to see

Learn more about the favourite game of Henry VIII at the Royal Tennis Courts at Hampton Court Palace.

Open daily

Hampton Court Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Visitors explore Henry VIII's Kitchens after re-interpretation in 2018.
Things to see

Transport yourself back to the heyday of Tudor feasting and entertainment in Henry VIII's Kitchens at Hampton Court Palace.

Open daily

Hampton Court Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

The Tudor Great Hall at Hampton Court Palace, showing the Abraham Tapestries and the room set out for day visitors.
Things to see

Experience the splendour of the Tudor court in Henry VIII's Great Hall, complete with his magnificent tapestries.

Open daily

Hampton Court Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

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