Travel. Our ‘Beloved’ English King Henri VIII’s Residency – Hampton Court Palace and Gardens

One of the best things I’ve ever experienced in the UK is my trip to Hampton Court, the famous residence of the ‘bloody King’ (that one who killed six wives) Henri VIII. The place has its fairy tale, 16th century, Shakespeare vibe. I felt like I am Anna Boleihn. Its gardens are unique and beautiful. And, I was speechless when visiting the palace itself. So, let’s take a photo tour of the Hampton Court, one of the greatest UK heritage.

Surprisingly, Hampton Court is not only about Henri VIII and the 16th century. It has different gardens, different rooms and departments from different eras, including a kitchen for servants. You also can have lunch with some dishes from the Henri VIII era in the Hampton Court’s restaurant.

Some History about Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace is a  royal palace in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, 12 miles (19.3 kilometres) southwest and upstream of central London on the River Thames. The building of the palace began in 1514 for Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, the chief minister of King Henry VIII. In 1529, as Wolsey fell from favour, the cardinal gave the palace to the king to check his disgrace. The palace went on to become one of Henry’s most favoured residences (Wiki). I thought that Hampton Court is King Henri VIII residence, but this is a big residency for several generations of royals, where you experience different eras and different architecture. You even can visit the King’s kitchens.
Hampton Court Gardens will take you to the fairytale. And, I had a feeling that this is a modern time park. There are different gardens on the territory, a traditional ‘wild’ English park, a small botanic garden, and a sophisticated fairytale garden.

 

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