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Half term at Hampton Court…

This May half term, join Historic Royal Palaces at Hampton Court Palace, as the world of the Terrible Tudors comes to life in Henry VIII’s back garden. From the horrible Henries to the end of ‘evil’ Elizabeth, hear the legend (and the lies!) about the Terrible Tudors, right where the real drama happened.

The West Front
The iconic Tudor West Front

Presented by The Birmingham Stage Company, the Terrible Tudors offers the history-hungry the chance to revel in over 100 years of Tudor history – from the bloody Battle of Bosworth in 1485 to the crowning of James I in 1603 – in all its drama, danger and delight.


A beautiful chapel in continuous use for over 450 years. Everyone is welcome to attend religious services in The Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace.

Learn how Henry VII, the first Terrible Tudor, came to the throne, and find out the fate of his son Henry’s succession of wives. From the Spanish and staunchly Catholic Catherine of Aragon to Catherine Parr, who found six to be a lucky number, discover what happened to each Queen as the famously fickle King tired of them. Meet the elegant Anne Boleyn – history’s most famous second wife – and learn the romantic reason behind Henry’s fateful falling out with the Pope. What did Anne do to deserve imprisonment at the Tower of London and a ‘clean sweep’ at the hands of a French swordsman? See the show and find out!

Tudor Kitchens
King Henry’s great Tudor kitchens swing back into action with a series of live cookery events to run throughout the year. Our food historians and archaeologists will once again be experimenting with Tudor recipes, utensils and cooking methods. See for event dates. News Team International 24.03.2004. Picture by Richard Lea-Hair.

Ever wondered what the Groom of the Stool did for a living, or which Queen’s wig fell off as she was executed? Discover all this and more… in true Horrible Histories style. Will you whip the whipping boy or save poor King Ed? Which side will you be on as the Spanish Armada launch their attack? With Tudors as terrible as these in charge, it’s not just Queens and heretics that could be for the axe!

Henrys Wives
King Henry VIII and his sixth wife Queen Kateryn Parr, take up residence again at Hampton Court Palace, Surrey, during the 500th anniversary of his accession to the throne. they are pictured processing through King Henry’s Tudor state apartments, which have been transformed for the anniversary celebrations by Historic Royal Palaces. For more information visit – Credit: HRP/


Come and see a re-creation of Henry VIII’s Crown displayed in the Royal Pew at Hampton Court Palace.

Henry VIII Crown
Henry VIII Crown with wine fountain view

Performances last 1 hour and take place in the palace’s historic East Front Gardens, once the pleasure grounds of the Tudor monarchs. All performances are open-air and with unreserved grass seating – you are welcome to bring a blanket, as you’re in for a bumpy historical ride!

Wine Fountain Henry VII
Henry VIII and members of his court enjoy a Tudor wine fountain recreated at Hampton Court Palace, ahead of the May Day Bank Holiday weekend. Standing at over 4 metres tall, constructed from authentic materials including timber, lead bronze, and embellished with gold leaf, the fountain will run with red and white wine on weekends and bank holidays. Pic Richard Lea-Hair / newsteam / Historic RoyalPalaces 29/4/2010

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.

Ticket Prices

Terrible Tudors only:

Adult: £10 / Child: £5 / Child under 5: Free (must have ticket)

Terrible Tudors, palace and gardens (including the Magic Garden):

Adult: £24 / Child: £12 (all of this information comes directly from the Historical Royal Palaces website.)

Get online tickets  below:

BBC clips below…

Terrible Tudors…


For our friends overseas here is a link to the online gift shop:

Clips from CBBC:

 This site has no affiliate links which pay me. Your clicks earn me the pleasure in knowing someone else loves the Tudors as much as I do. If you do go this half term please let me have feedback about your visit.





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