Stunning Stately Homes, Amazing Gardens and Tudor Heritage
Available for private departures, date of your choice (subject to vehicle/guide availability)
Henry VIII’s masterpiece Hampton Court Palace is set in over 60 acres of gardens and parklands along the scenic River Thames. You won’t want to miss the Great Vine (planted by Capability Brown,) the rose gardens and the famous Yew tree hedge Maze. There is one of the few ‘real’ tennis courts to be seen here too. Along with the Tudor Kitchens, Henry VIII’s State Apartments are the most popular attraction inside the palace. The Great Hall is the palace’s largest and most impressive room, with an ornate carved-wood ceiling and a collection of Flemish tapestries that date back over 500 years.
Another “Tudor gem” is the double moated Hever Castle but it actually dates back to about 1270. It is most famously known as Anne Boleyn’s childhood home. Upon the death of her father, the property came to King Henry VIII who bestowed it to Anne of Cleves during their annulment proceedings. The most recent private owners were The Astors, who transformed the property and installed the gardens as what we see today. Inside the castle offers antique furniture, Anne Boleyn’s prayer books, instruments of torture, and a large collection of Tudor paintings while the highlights of the extensive gardens include the famous yew maze, Tudor garden, rose garden and the Italian Garden, which was designed to display William Waldorf Astor’s collection of Italian sculpture.