A true royal tour: two palaces in one day! Morning visit to Hampton Court Palace, the best surviving home of King Henry VIII followed by an afternoon visit to Her Majesty The Queen's favourite countryside home, the spectacular Windsor Castle.
SCHEDULED GROUP TOUR - A Tale Of Two Palaces Tour: Windsor & Hampton Court Palace (8 Hours)
Current Confirmed Dates: TBC
Don't mind sharing with other travelers? Join one of our semi-private small group tours to discover two of the most historic palaces of the British royal family.
Remember that our scheduled group tours are unique. Unlike the large bus tours, ours is not just a transfer service with free time at each location to "wander". Our tours include fully escorted guided visits with your group's professional tour guide throughout all the permitted areas at each location.
We also don't keep our guests waiting to start a tour for up to 2 hours while the tour vehicle drives around collecting passengers from different hotels around London: our scheduled group tours start at the published times, with all the group departing together.
After your morning departure from London, guests arrive at the best surviving residence of King Henry VIII for a fully guided private group tour. Situated on the banks of the River Thames, Hampton Court Palace is a true Tudor masterpiece.
Experience the splendours of Henry's court as your guide takes you through the majestic Tudor Kitchens, built to feed at least 600 people twice a day. Admire the King's State Apartments, including the largest and greatest medieval hall in England, before being escorted to discover the best of the Palace Gardens - Hampton Court Palace is widely recognised for having some of the most spectacular in England, 60 acres of formal gardens and 750 acres of royal parkland.
After an exclusive panoramic drive through scenic English countryside, your early afternoon begins with an optional traditional Fish and Chips lunch in the heart of historic Windsor.
London Magical Tours guests exclusively benefit from a fast track food service - the food is freshly prepared in time for our group's arrival to help make the most of the day.
See the Optional Extras tab for details.
Following on from lunch, guests are given the option to go on an escorted visit to Windsor Castle, the Queen's favourite countryside residence. Please note that guests who decline this option will instead be given free time to shop at Windsor town before meeting back with the group.
A true fairy tale castle situated on a hill above the River Thames, Windsor Castle holds within its great walls almost 1000 years of history. Your professional guide will escort you around the largest inhabited Castle in the world, sharing with you the delights of the iconic Round Tower, the garden moat and the lower and upper wards.
Guests will also receive an introduction to St Georges Chapel**, the recent location of several Royal weddnings, before being given leisure time to view Queen Mary's Dolls House, a perfect miniature palace built on a scale of 1 to 12 (including fully operating electrics and running water!) before paying a visit to the majestic State Apartments* with their huge array of treasures from across the world to see the locations used to welcome visiting Heads of State, including the famous St George's Hall, home of the Order of the Garter.
The collection point is outside the Holiday Inn Kensington Forum, 97 Cromwell Road, London, SW7 4DN (2 min walk from Gloucester Road Underground Station - District, Circle and Piccadilly Lines)
Back at the Holiday Inn Kensington Forum (Gloucester Road Tube Station).
A Tale Of Two Palaces Tour: 9:45am to 5:45pm
9:30am - Boarding Opens at Holiday Inn Kensington Forum
9:45am - Tour Departs
10:30am - 12:45pm Hampton Court Palace
1:45pm - 2:30pm Lunch at Windsor
2:45pm - 4:45pm Windsor Castle
5:45pm - Return To Holiday Inn Kensington Forum
Sundays only, select dates during the year. Tour dates are regularly updated at the top of this webpage. Please contact us for latest availability.
Travelling on other dates? Our Private Windsor Tours and Private Hampton Court Palace Tourse Tours are a great alternative option to discover the royal palaces with your own specialist tour guide; please contact us for availability.
Scheduled Group Tours are conducted in English only.
If you require another language, our Private Windsor Tours and Private Hampton Court Palace Tours Tours are available in most languages through our specialist multi-lingual guide team, including Spanish, French, Russian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin and Cantonese. Language surcharges apply.
*No guiding is permitted inside the section of Queen Mary's Dolls House and State Apartments, unless on the exclusive private opening of Windsor Castle option at a Platinum Plus VIP level private tour.
**External guided visit, St Georges Chapel closed for sightseeing on Sundays.
Scheduled group tour prices are per person. A minimum of 2 people are required per booking (solo travellers are welcome to join but will need to pay the fare for 2 people).
Entry ticket to Hampton Court Palace and all taxes included in pricing below. Please add £32 to include ticket to Windsor Castle with fast track entry and £18 for fish and chips option for traditional pub lunch.
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This was such a fun experience for our family. We only had a day to spend outside London and this small group visit was the ideal way to visit these two historic royal homes. The fish and chips was brilliant too. Would do it again in a heartbeat.
Lamont Family, USA on the Scheduled Tale of Two Palaces Tour of Windsor & Hampton Court