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London - Hampton Court

I am going to London before a RS tour and would like to visit Hampton Court. For those who have been to Hampton Court, should I buy a ticket on line before I go to the palace or can I wait until I get to the Hampton Court to buy my ticket. I will be in London for a little more than a week so I want to go on a day that the weather will be ok and go during the week. I would rather wait to see how the weather is and then go and buy my ticket but if that is not a good idea then I would buy the ticket in advance.

Please let me know what others who have been to Hampton Court thinks about waiting until I get to London.

Thank you.

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I think the London Pass includes Hampton Court (please check though). As far as I’m aware, the only reason to buy online would be to skip the queue- it won’t sell out I wouldn’t think. .So you could buy your ticket online on the day or day before? Hampton Court is great. If you haven’t been to London it’s be worth checking out the London Pass too.

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Hi again- I had a look, Hampton Court is included on the London Pass.

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Thank you Cathy. I have been to London several times. Good idea to buy the ticket the day before on line. Like that, did not think of it. Think my hotel may be able to help me with that and print out the paper work.

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There's a slow/scenic route to get to Hampton Court as an alternative to the train -- take the District line to the end in Richmond and then get on a local bus. This gives you a better look at the 'burbs than taking the train, and is a little less hustle-bustle. And you can stroll around Richmond a bit as well...

Get a human or an audio guide (or read up beforehand) in order to appreciate what you're seeing at Hampton Court. Just like the Alhambra in Granada, there's a lot more going on than expensive decor.

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Speaking of scenic, years ago my parents and I took a scenic boat to Hampton Court... ooops.... a very slow scenic boat..... we arrived 3 hours later!!
Yes, your hotel could help you with paperwork .... then you can see which day suits best. We’re heading to London soon too - been several times like you, what are you doing this time that you haven’t done before? It’s interesting to see what people find different to do in familiar cities. We’re doing the Harry Potter studio and the Burghley Horse Trials. I’m also investigating some London Walks we haven’t explored yet.

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Like Cathy, we also took a slooow boat on smaller streams that (as I remember it) passed by Eton and Runnymeade. Loved it. On the way back, the train took only 45 minutes, and at the end of a long day that was great, too.

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The London Pass would not make sense if you’ve been to London before and visited the iconic sites.

Exactly when are you taking the tour? Time of year?
Asking simply because I nearly had Hampton Court to myself on a early December day a few years ago. Weather held. Easy train ride to and from. Spent over 4 hours there. Loved it.

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Claudia: I am not taking a tour in England but outside of England. I will be in London on my own for a week before a RS tour that starts in Munich. I really don't think I will be using the London Pass, not sure yet. I did not ask about the London Pass just about when to buy my ticket which no one has given me an answer in regard to that.

I have seen major sights in London as I have been there before, twice for a week and a few times for shorter periods. I do intend to spend a good part of the day there from what I read and watched on TV it warrants it. I am glad it is an easy train ride there.

Going the end of August to London rest of trip is in September.

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I can’t comment on late August early September crowds. Believe it’s part of the English school year though so you may find a number of school Children touring.

As noted in an earlier post buy your ticket online before you go. https://www.hrp.org.uk/hampton-court-palace/visit/tickets-and-prices/#gs.EqL22Is

Double check that your hotel can print out the ticket or voucher. If you are staying at a high end hotel I’d check to see if they could arrange to get the ticket for you.