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Best route to Hampton Court?? (AND OTHER QUESTIONS ABOUT HAMPTON COURT)

Best route to Hampton Court?? (AND OTHER QUESTIONS ABOUT HAMPTON COURT)

Apr 11th, 2008, 05:34 PM
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Best route to Hampton Court?? (AND OTHER QUESTIONS ABOUT HAMPTON COURT)

From the County Hall Marriott area, what is the best route to the Hampton Court Palace? Also, is there a better day of the week to go? What time is best? Morning? How long should we allow, etc.? Thanks!
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Apr 11th, 2008, 07:15 PM
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go to Waterloo station and take the train. HCP is in zone 6 so you need to have an extension loaded onto your Oyster (if you get the usual zone 1-2 travelcard).

Just like your trip in from LHR will be a zone 6 extension.
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Apr 11th, 2008, 07:24 PM
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When I went last year, I spent about 6 hours there (including a short lunch break there). They offer free costumed guided tours of several parts of the castle which I thought was worthwhile. Anticipate spending quite some time at the various gardens.
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Apr 11th, 2008, 08:25 PM
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By the time you make the journey it is a whole day exercise. So allow this to be a day trip and don't mix it with much else. It is quite an exhausting day. I would imagine the weekends would also be busy with locals, or visiting nearby locals so maybe choose a week day if you can. Check opening hours and any days it closes, to be on the safe side.

Don't forget the maze.

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Apr 11th, 2008, 11:49 PM
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Trains to Hampton Court leave Waterloo station every half hour, usually from the far end of the station (platforms 1-2). Hampton Court is the end of the line, so it will appear on the departure screens as the train's diestination.
You cannot yet get an extension on an Oyster Card to go by train to Hampton Court. You need to buy a paper ticket to cover the extra journey. If you have an Oystercard loaded with a travelcard for zones 1 and 2, you need to go to the ticket office at Waterloo station, show the Oystercard, and buy a paper ticket to cover the journey from the boundary of zone 2 to Hampton Court.
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Apr 12th, 2008, 01:12 AM
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Ditto on the trains. I think we spent 4-5 hours there. They have truly fattening tea and scones in the little shop by the gardens. Loved Hampton Court, just saw it a few days ago in a movie, if I could only remember the name. It was a Pocahontas film with Christian Bale and Colin Ferrell.
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Apr 12th, 2008, 01:31 AM
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How long it takes depends a bit on the weather. The crowning glory of HC is it's gardens - so go on a dry day (we have them occasionaly).
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Apr 12th, 2008, 03:10 AM
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See other threads about combining it with a river trip if you've the time and the weather's nice. I'd suggest taking the boat back to Richmond and getting a train back to Waterloo from there - that wouldn't take up too much extra time, though it would obviously be a bit more expensive than getting a day return to and from Hampton Court from Waterloo.
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Apr 12th, 2008, 04:01 AM
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As suggested above, make a day of it. We took a Thames cruise to get there & took the train back. The cruise was about 3 hours & it was cool to approach Hampton on the water. A Man for All Seasons fantasy thing, y'know.

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Apr 12th, 2008, 04:40 AM
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If you do take the train, you can use the 2 for 1 London site for discount tickets http://www.daysoutguide.co.uk/. You just show your rail tickets along with the coupon you print from this site and you get the discounted entrance fee. We did this last month.
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Apr 12th, 2008, 10:59 AM
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Yes, good one Leslie28, we were able to get the same deal a few years ago.
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Apr 12th, 2008, 12:51 PM
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I went to the Days Out site and printed out some vouchers. The terms and conditions say that they are only valid until May 31 2008. Is it likely that they will extend these 2 for 1 offerings for the summer months?

Will the printed vouchers for the next period look different? Or might they just extend the expiration date and I'll be able to use the ones I just printed out?
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Apr 12th, 2008, 06:41 PM
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HCP is about 5min walk from the train station. I would start early-ish in the morning. I would also check to see if you can buy tickets in advance--that way you don't have to queue up. We pack a picnic lunch--you can find many benches in the garden. Weekdays vs weekends--the former is definitely less crowded, but may have fewer family activities (unless during school holidays/summer). Don't miss the turor kitchen tour. Excellent guided tours (usually thematic, quite short).

About the boat trip... We've done it from HCP to Kew Gardens before. I think it is quite lovely, if the weather is nice. Though it can be a quite slow ride, esp depending on tides. The boat will have to go through several locks. The first few ones are quite interesting, but the law of diminishing returns (of interests) applies here.
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Apr 12th, 2008, 07:14 PM
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Thanks jonmck just the question I was going to ask. We would like to also visit Wimbledon on our way to Hampton Court , can anyone suggest the easiest and quickest route.
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Apr 13th, 2008, 01:23 AM
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mariebut -

Wimbledon is one of the stops on the line from Waterloo to Hampton Court, so no problem.
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Apr 13th, 2008, 01:47 AM
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You will need to get a bus from Wimbledon station:

http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/about...m_visitor.html
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Apr 13th, 2008, 01:55 AM
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If you join the Historic Royal Palaces for £38 you have unlimited admission for a year to the Tower, Hampton Court, Kensington Palace, Banqueting House & Kew Palace and there is also a family rate.

With it you get 10% off purchases in the gift shops which have great souvenirs, newsletters & a book that sells for £10 in the gift shop.
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Apr 13th, 2008, 01:56 AM
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Why on earth do you want to go to Wimbledon? I lived there for five years and would be happy never to see it again.
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Apr 13th, 2008, 05:38 AM
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LynAK, they will likely just extend the 2-for-1 deals for summer. I went two summers ago and remember waiting for the summer deals to show up and they were the same as the spring. Not sure if the coupon looks the same, but you can always print it again if they come out with the summer specials.
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Apr 13th, 2008, 08:02 PM
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Warner, as avid tennis fans from Australia, we are keen to visit the Wimbledon museum and tour the courts.
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