Hampton Court Palace

Mainly a photo blog post today.

Visit a Maze was on S’s things to do this year list. It’s not like we haven’t been to a maze before. There have, in fact, been several maize maze adventures. However, Hampton Court Palace and it’s maze went on our list and that’s exactly where we ventured today.

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Normally we would try to plan visits outside of school holidays so as to avoid the crowds but some places are always busy with tourists and today was no different although we never felt squashed in nor unable to access the things we wanted to access. School holidays do bring on frustrations from sheer numbers and I’m glad mostly we get to avoid that problem. I’m sure summer holidays are a lot busier than today.

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We had arranged to meet up with Nanny and Grandad so 8 of us today. Total bargain given I used Clubcard vouchers for entrance then upgraded to the family annual pass to include all other Royal Palaces at just £12 top up in cash and to use for the next 16 months.

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Hampton Court Palace is basically two sections, Tudor and Baroque. Huge, massive, grand in the sense of scale and space and sits at another level compared to the National Trust properties we have seen – we have seen many! It does get to the stage whereby you can’t help think, seen one, seen them all. On the other hand you can’t help but consider the vast disparity among people back then and ongoing.

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You may only sit if the King says so

Beautiful grounds for a beautiful day. We really enjoyed some marvellous April weather today. Much to see.

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300 year old Yew Trees

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Playing with the Fish

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Harry Potter Wizard Hat Garden otherwise known to be the link to the Mary Mary Quite Contrary Rhyme

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A shire drawn train ride

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What’s great is you can dip in and dip out between palace and grounds which makes life with younger children easier. We completed the maze that was too narrow and not big enough according to the children. Slight disappointment there then. I’ll leave you with more pictures.

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Twin Harmony can happen

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L and I had a game of Fox and Geese

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Ceiling of Coats of Arms in Tudor Rose Pattern

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