All this history! Hampton Court Palace

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Hannah for one was in raptures visiting Hampton Court Palace.  I certainly got a much deeper  understanding of the Tudors, Henry 8th et al. And we all got a real sense of how they lived….

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The scale of everything at Hampton Court is incredible. Such vastness.

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The huge kitchens catering for up to 600 people at a time (and Henry the 8th liked to party and liked to eat.)  There was even this huge fire going and being kept stocked by some poor guy, which gave a great smell to the kitchens.
There was space to roast several whole pigs on spits in the front.

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Incredible organisation, I liked these smaller fires which you could control the heat on more easily.
We all had audio tours, there were three different types, Charlie had a child’s one which kept him running around, laughing, filling in booklets and quite captivated for hours.

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I was blown away by the frescoes, and again the scale of them…

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Two of Hannah’s favourite women.  Well I know she adores Ann Boleyn….

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Gardens to die for.  I know I am meant to be inspired by them and I am. Totally.  Also though is a lingering question of what am I not doing at home in my own gardens to get them to look like this….

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It was too hot to wander for long around the gardens, so respite in this shady privvy garden was welcome  and a good place  for peeping through.

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So much space, such grandeur….I will just run out of adjectives soon.

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We saw an armoury room like this but on a smaller scale at Alnwick Castle.  The walls are literally lined with weapons, all laid out in intricate and clever patterns – quite stunning to look at.  Plus they were all used as well, and kept in working order and cleaned.

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Ollie just loved it and is planning to decorate his room in a similar fashion when we return.  I only wish I was joking….

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One of the royal beds…..with more frescoes  and the most enormous portraits.  The furniture, the art, the decorations…. the everything was just mindblowingly lavish…

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The stories about how the rooms were used and how society conducted itself were fascinating.

Charlie, using his best plum-in-the-mouth, ‘what ho old chap’ voice giving old Henry himself a piece of his mind about “all those beheadings…”!!
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I think it is fair to say we all just loved Hampton Court, we spent 7 hours there…

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The kids certainly were all just a-MAZE-d by it!

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