Hampton Court Palace: Private Guided Tour with Ex State Apartment Warder
149 Ratings
Experience a private guided tour of Hampton Court Palace with an ex State Apartment Warder. Discover the fascinating history, ghostly stories, and engaging tales of this historic palace.
Duration: 2 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • Hampton Court Palace - A comprehensive tour of Hampton Court palace tailored to your historic interests. I can also be in Tudor or Victorian authentic costume (note, no adults allowed in period costume). Children can wear what they like!
    I cover all aspects of the Palace’s history including tales of Henry VIII, Ghostly stories, Grace & Favour, and all others who have lived there.
    You will see a Palace in two halves, half Tudor, half Baroque. Highlights include Henry’s Great Hall, the Haunted Gallery, King Williams spectacular Staircase, Guard Chamber and the beautiful Versailles style gardens.
What's Included
  • Specialized in Ghost, LGBTQ+, and Grace and Favour tours.
  • Private tour with a personal, knowledgeable guide.
  • Expertise in Palace tours, Functions, and Events.
  • 16 years of experience at Hampton Court.
  • Holds a Level 2 Accreditation from the Institute of Tourist Guiding.
  • Awarded an EDI Level 3 Diploma in Cultural Heritage.
What's Not Included
  • Entrance fee to Palace not included. Approx. £25 pp, concessions available, children under 5 free.
  • Food & Drink
  • Gratuities
Additional Information

A former State Apartment Warder with over 14 years of service at the Palace. Extremely well-informed with extensive experience in conducting tours for Functions, Events, and VIPs. Offering a detailed tour of Hampton Court Palace customized to match your historical interests. Covering all elements of the Palace’s history, from compelling accounts of Henry VIII, haunting tales, Grace & Favour, and narratives of all other palace residents. I’m an animated individual who thrives on meeting new individuals and divulging the Palace’s history and riveting stories, with the capacity to adapt to children’s needs. Additionally, I provide a ghost tour (same duration & times) appropriate for adults and kids alike. Please indicate your interest in this when making your booking.

Hampton Court Palace
Hampton Court Way
West Gate - Main entrance (down drive) to Palace (not large gates by main road)
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

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Apr 7, 2024
Amazing private tour of Hampton. - Shelagh was an outstanding guide. She told the history of Hampton Court with such detail and enthusiasm that you would think she had actually lived there with Henry!
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Apr 5, 2024
AMAZING! Best tour we’ve had! - Sheila is FANTASTIC! Of all of our tours in London. this was hands down the BEST! She has worked at Hampton Court for 16+ years, is so knowledgeable (could address any history question!) and kept our 9 and 11 year old children engaged with clear, interesting stories, facts - and ghost tales! She is an absolutely perfect dream guide - thank you, Sheila!!
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Apr 4, 2024
Amazing visit to Hampton Court. - Had a great time visiting Hampton Court Palace. Sheila our guide knows the Palace inside and out, she has an incredible knowledge of this time in history.
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Apr 1, 2024
Hampton court with Shiela - Great tour. Had a guide named Shiela, she was incredible. Very well versed in the history and highlighted the areas we were most interested in
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Apr 1, 2024
Sheila was fantastic! - Sheila was a fantastic tour guide. Very knowledgeable and professional. Full of great stories. Highly recommended and we would definitely book up with her again.
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Mar 31, 2024
Such a vivid storyteller! - We had such an amazing tour with Shiela! She is such a professional guide, showing us exactly what we wanted to see and bringing the whole experience to life with wonderful storytelling. We were a group of four and even the guys who didn’t really care about the Tudors were enthralled by the end of the tour! Would definitely recommend without hesitation. Thanks so much Sheila
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Mar 29, 2024
Do not hesitate to book this tour!!! - I could not recommend this tour any higher. Sheila was absolutely engaging and extremely knowledgeable. She tailored the tour to our interests, and always answered questions that demonstrated the depth of her knowledge. She made sure that my two preteen boys were ready to take in information, which is no small task. They absolutely adored the tour and said it was one of the best things we’ve done since we’ve come to England.
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Mar 28, 2024
All in all, the private tour was amazing. The money is clearly worth it, and the walk is refreshing and beautiful. - Sheila gave my family a tour of Hampton Court. It was fantastic! She was so informed about so many aspects of life at Hampton Court. She went above and beyond what was promised as part of our tour. Our daughters (aged 12 and 15) were enthralled by the stories told and history shared. Sheila really made history come alive for us. Were it not for our rumbling tummies, we could have easily spent hours more at Hampton Court. You can tell that Sheila really is passionate about what she does and that enthusiasm comes across in her private tours at Hampton Court. I would highly recommend a tour with Sheila. You will not be disappointed. And now, a word from my 12 year old….. Hi! Sheila was really talented, and gifted with the Tudor Wives, the architectural scenery, and the landscape. She even could tell us about Eavesdroppers on the ceiling and the original colors (Turquoise blue??). This was really amazing and informative to the whole family, and even when we were tired.. it was still fun. At the end we got a story of Katherine Howard, and the Haunted Gallery. It was fun, and I believe that any Six fan, Bridgerton fan, or regular family, would be well pleased with Sheila.
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Mar 18, 2024
Sheila is a fabulous tour... - Sheila is a fabulous tour guide, very entertaining, knowledgeable and personable. We enjoyed our time with her immensely and highly recommend booking with her!
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Mar 18, 2024
Absolutely worth it! - Sheila kept us enthralled for more than 4 hours with stories about the palace and its illustrious inhabitants over the centuries. She has a deep knowledge of history and is very charming and easy to understand. We all agreed that we had a 100% better visit due to her excellent tour. We highly recommend the visit and the private tour with Sheila. Booking the tour online was easy and Viator communicated well with us so that we were comfortable with the arrangements.
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up to 10 guests
April 2024