|Hampton Court Palace|
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The tour around the palace apartments is made all the more enjoyable by a young and enthusiastic group of tour guides many in period costume. A daily programme of special events (which are regularly changed), such as a medieval quartet and a Victorian photo shoot added to the interest and atmosphere. The whole attraction came across as being very well managed.
The restaurants and tea rooms offer a good selection of light meals including a range of tasty and imaginative sandwiches at reasonable prices and in pleasant surroundings.
The Palace has been divided into six routes or tours so you don't have to trudge around the whole palace in one long tour. The six routes are arranged in a way that helps to explain how the palace was occupied by the monarchy.
The main tours are, Henry VIII's State Apartments, The Kings Apartments (William III's), The Tudor Kitchens, The Queens State Apartments, The Georgian Rooms and the Wolsey Rooms & Renaissance Picture Gallery. All routes are signposted from Clock Court, which also contains the Information Centre. In addition there are the many magnificent Palace Gardens, including the new Privy Garden and the Courtyards and Cloisters. There is a lot to see and it will take a full day to do it justice.