Celebrate Hampton Court Palace’s 500th birthday!

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Hampton Court Palace truly is a sight to behold, any time you choose to visit it, but 2015 will be particularly a special year purely because this great estate will be celebrating its 500th anniversary.

Standing as Henry VIII’s favourite royal residence, the palace is a fantastic journey through all things Tudor, whether it is the bustling Base Court, the grandiose State Rooms or the smells and sights of the Tudor kitchens. To top it all off, you also have over 60 acres of stunning gardens, including plant species from all over the world and the famous maze that you can spend hours getting lost in.

A major highlight here is the Haunted Gallery, believed to be home to a multitude of spirits from the Stuart and Georgian eras, so be sure to creep here carefully.

To mark the 500th anniversary of when construction began on the site, there will be special activities all throughout 2015 here. There will be special exhibitions on Winston Churchill’s work at the Science Museum and a display of the Magna Carta, 800 years after it was sealed by King John. For more information on special displays and when they may be on, be sure to check out the official website.

Tickets for adults cost from £16.50, £8.25 for children and £14 for concessions – under fives get to go in for free. Do note that extra fees are applicable for exploring the gardens and maze. Hampton Court is open from 10am to 4pm over the winter period, and until 6pm during the summer.

Once you leave, you won’t need to imagine what it is like to live like a King – just stay in the spacious and comfortable Shaftesbury hotels – you may just feel like royalty!