Hampton Court Palace and Windsor

Last weekend I went to Hampton Court Palace and Windsor for a day trip. They were both beautiful places to visit.

Hampton Court Palace has been home to many British royals throughout the years. Now it is a historical site where you can see fully furnished apartments from some of the royals that lived there, most notably Henry VIII and Charles III. It was a huge building with extensive gardens. Pictures do this place justice much better than words.

The gate of Hampton Court Palace (guarded by a lion on this side and a unicorn on the other)

One of the outermost rooms of Charles III’s apartments. He must have wanted to impress (or scare!) his guests.

All the rooms were so extravagent with either huge paintings, murals or tapestries on every wall. The rooms had huge ceilings and huge furnishings to make the king’s guest feel insignificant and small.

This is the edge of the gardens. It was raining when we visited, so we didn’t walk very far into the gardens, but what we did see was beautiful!

The chapel court garden

Henry VIII’s Great Hall

 

The base court.

Our second stop of the day was Windsor. Windsor is home to Windsor Castle, which is still an official residence of the queen. We thought we would get to visit the castle, but the line was 1-1/2 hours long and we didn’t have time to wait in line and see the castle. I guess I will have to put that on my list for another trip. We walked around the town of Windsor, though, and over to the town of Eton. Eton is the location of Eton College, which is a famous British boy’s high school that has educated many famous men (especially politicians.) On our way back to the bus, we walked by a lawn bowling country club.

The outside of Windsor Castle.

The town of Eton

Lawn Bowling!

When we returned to London, we wanted to see a show on the West End. We didn’t have tickets to anything so we decided to go to the rush ticket booth. Because it was already late in the evening, our first choice shows (Les Mis and Chicago) were already sold out, so we got tickets for Jersey Boys. It turned out to be an incredible show. The music was non-stop and they did a wonderful job with the set and costumes. We were all singing the songs as we exited the theater. After the show, we took the train back to Cambridge. It was a long day, and I was definitely ready for bed when I got back.

 

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6 thoughts on “Hampton Court Palace and Windsor

  1. Teresa! Jersey Boys is one of my absolute FAVORITE shows!!! I can lend you the CD when you get back if you’d like 🙂

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