JUL 05,2013 - JUL 05,2013 (1 DAYS)
Main attraction: Hampton Court Gardens and Palace, The Thames, Kingston-on-Thames, Bushy Park, Diana Fountain. Circular route.
From: Hampton Court train station.
Back: Hampton Court train station.
Walking Distance: Approx. 12 km.
Getting to Hampton Court:
Catch a train from Waterloo to Hampton Court (zone 6). It takes about half an hour from Waterloo. Buy a return ticket.
For a picturesque trip go by river. Take a boat for three and a half hours from Westminster, but you can cut down on that by taking the tube to Richmond and catching the boat there. Your Travelcard will give you a 33% discount on the river trip.
Lunch: The visit in Hampton Court will consume half a day. There is a restaurant in Hampton Court. It is quite pricey and the portions are not so generous. I recommend delaying your main meal until you arrive to Kingston.
Opening times of Hampton Court Gardens & Palace: Summer: 10.00-17.00, winter: 10.00- 16.30.
Adult Ticket £16.00. You can purchase a ticket for the Gardens only. Remember: Hampton Court is included in the 2 for 1 attraction scheme for the Travelcard holders. For touring the gardens - the site's map (included with your ticket) is very helpful.
Duration and orientation: Allow 4-5 hours for the Hampton Court Gardens and Palace. You exit from the Hampton Court gardens to the Thames river from a side gate (100 metres from the main entrance). No need for detailed instructions until you arrive to Kingston. You just follow the tarmac path along the river from Hampton Court to Kingston. From there I'll supply detailed road-map... The main attraction is Hampton Court. The Bushy Park is very athmospheric and looks more African than European... Do not expect a lot of visitors there. The Diana Fountain is impressive and grandiose.
Main entrance to Hampton Court:
20th Century Gardens:
Carriage rides (in the summer):
Exit to the Thames from (closed) gates of the Knot Gardens:
The Knot Garden:
"The Great Vine":
The Privy Garden:
The Lower Orangery Garden:
The Pond Gardens:
Hampton Court Palace - the Clock Court:
Wiliam III Apartments:
Queen Caroline's Bedchamber:
The Great Hall:
Henry Viii, Jane Seymour (his 3rd wife) and their son Edward VI:
Queen's Public Room:
Queen caroline Oratory Room:
Great Fountain and Gardens from the Palace:
Ann Boleyn's Gateway:
The walk from Hampton Court Bridge (or, better, exit gate of the Palace park) to Kingston Bridge lasts for 2 hours, approx 6 km.). This delightful stretch of river offers the perfect opportunity for a relaxing walk as the gentle path meanders alongside the Thames with no bypasses. You will pass on your way: Ditton and Surbitton (on the opposite bank).
Hampton Court Walseley Gate - from the Thames Path:
The Thames - not far from Hampton Court Bridge:
Houses on the Thames bank - between hampton Court and Ditton:
Just before the Kingston Bridge you get off from the Thames Path and turn left. Crossing the bustling road and passing through Kingston High Street - head to the main road in this area of Kingston: Hampton Wick. Walk along bustling Hampton Wick road for 1.5 km and note on your left some interesting houses dating from the 19th century:
Follow the Hampton Wick road to the left and turn left to Vicrage Rd. (signposting to Teddington). The road bears left and, immediately on your right, there is a black metal gate to enter Bushy Park.
Please have a look at the local map on your right - immediately in the entrance gate. You take the Cobbler Walk. Walk along this tarmac path (approx. 2 km.) until you arrive to an asphalted road - the Chestnut Avenue.
Bushy Park - Cobbler Walk:
Bushy Park - Chestnut Avenue leading to Hampton Court. A grand approach, designed by Wren, to the planned northern facade of Hampton Court. Its main attraction is the imposing Diana Fountain:
Arriving to Hampton Court grounds make your way again to the main entrance. The afternoon sun lights the Palace, the Gardens and the Thames in a charming colour: