Hampton Court Road (A308)

Hampton Court Palace was built over 450 years ago and lies on the bank of the River Thames in central London. The building was transformed into a luxurious palace by Cardinal Wolsey around 1520. However, Henry VIII rebuilt it when he took over Hampton Court Palace.

Sir Christopher Wren was hired to remodel the palace after the Glorious Revolution in 1689. At this stage extravagant apartments for the kings and queens were added to the palace giving it a Baroque style. However, today it is only the Great Hall, Chapel Royal and Tudor Kitchens which still exist in their original appearance.

Hampton Court Palace also houses a vast collection of renaissance paintings such as Mantegna’s Triumphs of Caesar. Other features not to be missed are the Astronomical Clock, the Palace Gardens, the Privy Garden and the Maze.

London Guide | Historical Buildings in London


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