Take  a boat trip to Hampton Court Palace for a wonderful, relaxing day out. Enjoy the scenic Thames as Hampton Court Palace comes into view. Turks boats arrive at their Hampton Court Pier, just outside the palace.

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Step back in time to the world of King Henry VIII, Cardinal Wolsey and Oliver Cromwell. There is so much to explore at this world famous historic palace  such as the enormous Tudor Kitchens, the Great Hall and the Chapel Royal. Outside, there are splendid gardens including the recently opened Magic Garden,  the Great Vine and the Maze.If ghosts are your thing, see if you can hear the ‘Screaming lady in the Haunted Gallery’. The ghost of Catherine Howard is believed to frequent Hampton Court’s Haunted Gallery where she was dragged back screaming to her rooms while under house arrest, accused of committing adultery by her husband King Henry VIII.

The palace gardens are a spectacle in themselves. Over 750 acres of tranquil royal parkland featuring sparkling fountains and glorious displays of over 200,000 flowering bulbs. Amuse yourself – or lose yourself in the Maze! Take a picnic and find a spot by the lakes.

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Turk Launches run river trips from Richmond and Kingston to Hampton Court Palace. The pier is right by the entrance to the palace. To arrive by boat is one of the most scenic pleasures to enjoy and makes for a fulfilling day out.

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