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Hampton Court Palace – Where Shakespeare Once Performed His Plays

Hampton Court Palace is one of the only two remaining palaces that King Henry VIII owned. And if you don’t know King Henry VIII, perhaps, you know him as the King who married six times. He ordered the execution of his two wives and one was detained until her death. The life of King Henry VIII was romanticized in the 2008 film, The Other Boleyn Girl. Eric Bana (King Henry VIII), Scarlett Johansson (Mary Boleyn) and Natalie Portman (Anne Boleyn) portrayed the major roles.

With a very dark, intriguing history, I think Hampton Court Palace is worth a visit. I’m not going to bore you with history in this post, but you should go and see it. You’ll learn all the juicy intrigues and detailed history once you’re inside.

But here’s what I can tell you about the palace.

William Shakespeare and his theater company, All King’s Men, performed several of his plays here for King James I.

Hampton Court Palace - Where Shakespeare Once Performed His Plays

Hampton Court Palace – Where Shakespeare Once Performed His Plays

In fact, they stayed here for three weeks to provide entertainment during Christmas time.

Hampton Court Palace - Where Shakespeare Once Performed His Plays

Hampton Court Palace – Where Shakespeare Once Performed His Plays

Hampton Court Palace is both a product of Tudor and Baroque architectural styles that blend well together.

Hampton Court Palace is both Tudor and Baroque architecture in one.

Hampton Court Palace is both Tudor and Baroque architecture in one.

The palace has a toilet space that could accommodate or seat 30 people! Very grand toilet, eh?

Hampton Court Palace is both Tudor and Baroque architecture in one.

Hampton Court Palace is both Tudor and Baroque architecture in one.

It has a kitchen that measures 36,000 square foot and a tennis court that dates back to 1526!

Hampton Court Palace is both Tudor and Baroque architecture in one.

Hampton Court Palace is both Tudor and Baroque architecture in one.

I’m not a history geek but exploring inside the palace made me one.

Hampton Court Palace is 17 miles outside central London.

Hampton Court Palace is 17 miles outside central London.

Don’t miss the exhibition areas where you visitors learn the palace’s history and intriguing details of the monarchy that once lived here.

Hampton Court Palace is 17 miles outside central London.

Hampton Court Palace is 17 miles outside central London.

The Great Hall is one room you shouldn’t miss. Everything here is pure extravagance. The huge tapestries are wonderfully hung on the walls.

Hampton Court Palace is 17 miles outside central London.

Hampton Court Palace is 17 miles outside central London.

Hampton Court Palace is said to rival the Palace of Versailles in France. If you’ve been to Versailles, then, you might see a bit or some similarities of these two palaces.

Hampton Court Palace is 17 miles outside central London.

Hampton Court Palace is 17 miles outside central London.

Look up and you’ll be fascinated with its frescoes.

Hampton Palace is 17 miles outside central London.

Hampton Palace is 17 miles outside central London.

There’s art everywhere.

Hampton Palace is 17 miles outside central London.

Hampton Palace is 17 miles outside central London.

The entrance is adorned with animal statues which they call as the “King’s Beasts.”

The King's Beast at Hampton Palace.

The King’s Beast at Hampton Palace.

The gardens outside are inviting and well-manicured. There are thousands of flowers outside.

The Hampton Palace Gardens are beautiful in the summer. London

The Hampton Palace Gardens are beautiful in the summer.

And if you have time, go and see the world’s largest vine.

The Hampton Palace is accessible by train from Central London.

The Hampton Palace is accessible by train from Central London.

The palace appeared in movies like Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows in 2011, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides in 2011 and the TV show John Adams in 2008.

Directions to Hampton Court Palace:
The Hampton Palace is accessible by train from Central London. You can connect via Waterloo Station and get off at Hampton Court Station.

 

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