This week will see Hampton Court Palace re-open its gardens and outdoor spaces for the first time since lockdown began in March. Set within 100 acres of stunning gardens and grounds, the riverside Tudor Palace was once a retreat for King Henry VIII from the dangers of the plague in the 16th century. Now, it is hoped, after our 2020 lockdown, visitors will return to enjoy its stunning gardens at their beautiful best during the Summer months.
Visitors to the palace will be able to take in the stunning Tudor and Baroque architecture as they journey through the palace courtyards to the spectacular formal gardens. The gardens have been lovingly tended to by a team of dedicated gardeners for the past few months – a visit in June will present a rare opportunity to enjoy them in unspoilt glory. Meanwhile, an exciting new sculpture trail has been installed in the gardens for families to follow. Featuring a host of characters from history, the trail will bring to life the story of the palace and its remarkable residents in the comfort of the great outdoors!
The Palace has installed a raft of new measures to help visitors feel safe and comfortable when they visit, including hand sanitiser dispensers, enhanced cleaning, and clear guidance on social distancing. Visitors are asked to book in advance, to help Historic Royal Palaces manage capacity on site, so visitors can enjoy their time at court with plenty of space.
Historic Royal Palaces, the independent charity that cares for Hampton Court Palace, is hoping visitors will show their support for its national treasures by returning for a visit this Summer. The charity is dependent on visitor income and facing a £95 million shortfall in its finances following the Coronavirus pandemic. The return of visitors will make a vital contribution to the charity’s work caring for Hampton Court Palace and sharing its stories with the public.
Lucy Hutchings, Head of Hampton Court Palaces, said,
‘We are delighted to be welcoming visitors back to the palace again this Thursday. Hampton Court Palace was built to be enjoyed by hundreds of people and it’s been sad to see it so quiet over the past couple of months. Myself and the team can’t wait to welcome visitors back again and give them a suitably royal welcome. We’ve never needed their support more – each visit is an important contribution to help us maintain this wonderful building for generations to come.’
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Historic Royal Palaces is the independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle and Gardens. We help everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built. We raise all our own funds and depend on the support of our visitors, members, donors, sponsors and volunteers. With the exception of Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, these palaces are owned by The Queen on behalf of the nation, and we manage them for the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Historic Royal Palaces cares for Hillsborough Castle and Gardens under a separate contract with the Northern Ireland Office. Registered charity number 1068852. For more information visit www.hrp.org.uk