IM Ireland- England Tour 2013: Hampton Court Palace






Buckingham Palace probably comes to mind when one thinks of palaces in England,

but another palace that may not have come to mind and was featured in the 2012 London

Olympics is the Hampton Court Palace. Viewers spotted the palace during the Olympic

Cycling Time Trials, and perhaps gold medalist Bradley Wiggins while he was relaxing in

the winner’s throne, built for the winners of the event. Although the royal family has not

lived in the palace since the 18th

festivals and events.

Owned by King Henry VIII, the palace was rebuilt and expanded by King William III.

The two owners made for two different styles of architecture: domestic Tudor and

Baroque. Aside from the detailed pink brick, other outside features include the amazing

gardens. The palace gardens are home to the world’s longest grapevine, a puzzle maze, and

the historic tennis court. I’m afraid a traumatizing encounter with a house of mirrors when

I was a child compelled me to not venture too far into the maze, but it is definitely worth a

visit for anyone with a craving for an adventure.

During the time we visited, the Hampton Court Palace Festival was taking place. It is

an annual festival featuring musicians from across all genres as they play in the open-air

atmosphere of the Base Court in the palace.

If concerts don’t interest you, the palace is riddled with ghostly encounters.

Numerous sightings have occurred at the palace, many of which include sightings of

deceased members of the royal family. Dame Sybil, the Grey Lady, is just one person

rumored to haunt the palace. After her tomb was disturbed, noises of a spinning wheel

were heard through a wall in the palace. An investigation revealed a previously unknown

chamber containing a spinning wheel. As far as ghost stories go, however, the gardens itself

drew me in. The Hampton Court Palace was a great place to explore and spend time in, but

be grateful that you weren’t forced to stay there like the numerous people put under house

arrest in the palace.




















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