Our day trip to Hampton Court Palace came about thanks to our (paid) ambassadorship with Historic Royal Palaces (HRP). Throughout the summer months, we will be using our Historic Royal Palaces membership to gain access to some of the country’s most beautiful palaces; exploring the bedrooms and ballrooms once graced by England’s wayward kings and illustrious queens. To find out more about a HRP membership, please see here. The History of Hampton Court Palace I first visited Hampton Court Palace when I was eight years old. After a hot and no doubt nauseating coach ride, my classmates and I were deposited outside what is declared to be one of England’s finest Tudor structures. I remember feeling a bit confused. The sprawling red brick building in front of me seemed more like a rambling country manor than a palace fit for one of our country’s most famous philandering kings.  Hidden in leafy Richmond Upon Thames, in the small town of Molesey, Hampton Court Palace was the original home of Cardinal Wolsey – Henry VIII’s meddling almoner. However, deciding that this riverside manor – home to fragrant rose gardens and roaming deer – would be ideal for what might be best described […]

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