Castle & palace tours

Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace with lunch pack

Availability: May to September; various dates
Duration: 9 hours
Language: English
Mobile voucher accepted
Do this because
  • Visit two iconic homes of the British monarchy
  • Enjoy Windsor Castle’s stunning State Apartments
  • See Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House and St George's Chapel
  • Discover Hampton Court’s Tudor kitchens where Henry VIII's meals were prepared
What to expect

Discover two incredible treasures of the British monarchy on this day trip to Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace.

Departing from central London, the tour includes a complimentary lunch pack and will be led by a knowledgeable and friendly guide. Your luxury air-conditioned coach will be leaving from Victoria at 8.30 am sharp.

Windsor Castle

Nestled atop a hill in a charming market town, Windsor Castle was founded by William the Conqueror in the 11th century. Over the centuries this 900-year old site has been extensively rebuilt and remodeled thanks to the 39 monarchs who have lived there. To this day it is still a working palace, as well as Queen Elizabeth II’s favorite weekend residence. Remember to look out for the Royal Standard flag – if it’s flying over the castle, it’ll mean Her Majesty is at home. Will you be lucky enough to get a wave from the Queen? There is so much to see at Windsor Castle – from the stunning State Apartments to the gigantic, incredibly detailed Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House and St George’s Chapel (the resting place of Henry VIII and other monarchs), this royal venue promises to be an unforgettable experience.

Hampton Court Palace

Step into the fascinating world of the Tudor Court at the magnificent Hampton Court Palace. Dating back to the sixteenth century, the palace is most famously linked to the dramatic lives and loves of Henry VIII and his wives. Many key moments from the Tudor period took place at Hampton Court –Henry VIII’s much-desired male heir, Edward VI, was born there, and sadly it is also the place where Jane Seymour (Henry’s favorite wife) would die just two weeks after giving birth to Edward. It was also at Hampton Court Palace where Henry VIII was to find out about his fifth wife Catherine Howard’s alleged affair with Thomas Culpeper. Legend has it that Catherine ran down what is now known as the Haunted Gallery in an attempt to beg Henry for forgiveness – but was caught by the guards and dragged back to her rooms screaming. Don’t be surprised if you bump into her ghost screaming for mercy – there have been many accounts of strange sounds and inexplicable sightings over the centuries! Hauntings aside, Hampton Court Palace is a visual treat for visitors – you’ll be dazzled by the spectacular Chapel Royal, the grandeur of the Great Hall and Henry VIII’s kitchens. Wander through the palace’s beautiful gardens and try not to get lost in the world’s oldest puzzle maze!

Complimentary lunch pack To allow more time to explore this tour includes a complimentary lunch pack. Once your visits to these two royal homes come to an end your coach will head back to London, where you will be dropped off at Victoria at approximately 5.30 pm.

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What's included
  • Fully guided tour with professional guide
  • Complimentary lunch pack
  • Entry to Hampton Court Palace and Gardens
  • Entry to Windsor Castle State Apartments
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach
What's not included
  • Additional food and drink
  • Optional gratuities
Reduced price
  • Child (3 to 16)
  • Senior (over 60)
  • Student with valid ID
Where

Golden Tours Visitor Centre Victoria, 4 Fountain Square, 123-151 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 9SH

What to remember
  • Please note: bookings made after midnight for the same day will not receive a free lunch pack
  • Windsor Castle is a working royal palace and planned closures or disruptions may be subject to change
  • When Windsor Castle’s State Apartments are closed, the Precincts, Drawings Gallery and Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House will remain open
  • During peak periods, additional vehicles without Wi-Fi may be used

Due to legal working hour restrictions for drivers, if the tour arrives back in London after 7.45 pm your driver will drop you off within a 2 to 3 minute walk of Gloucester Road Underground Station (instead of Victoria). Gloucester Road is in Zone 1 and 3 stops on the Circle and District Lines to Victoria. The Piccadilly Line also runs through Gloucester Road; it is only 5 stops to Piccadilly Circus.

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When
  • May to September
  • Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays
  • Check-in at 8.00 am for 8.30 am departure
  • Return time to London Victoria at 5.30 pm
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Provider
Golden Tours Gray Line London
Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Receive a 100 % refund if you cancel up to a day before the activity begins.

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