We didn't arrive by boat but it would have been a traditional way to arrive. Interesting to think about the proximity of some important Tudor palaces to the Thames.
I loved the detail in the brick work.
In Henry VIII's Great Hall
The figure at the top is Cardinal Wolsey the original owner of the Palace. It was confiscated by Henry VIII after Wolsey failed to obtain his divorce.
There was artifact handling but the children weren't keen. Hmm, this is what happens when half well children go out. They did enjoy the actors playing Cardinal Wolsey, Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn and Thomas Cromwell.
Henry VIII's kitchens were full of meat, thankfully of the model variety. I would have loved to see some replica Tudor cooking but that didn't happen while we were there.
Other highlights were the Georgian table decorations made from folded, starched linen.
We couldn't understand why William III had so much weaponry to decorate his rooms.
Younger Son was very keen to try the Maze and yes, we escaped.
I preferred the informal parts of the gardens.
We didn't exhaust Hampton Court Palace but by this time, I had children who needed to go home.
Recommended but avoid with children who are slightly under par!