Hampton Court Palace once started as an ordinary country house. It was Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, Henry VIII’s Lord Chancellor, who worked on the transformation from house to magnificent palace.
The building was created to be a grand location where he could host the King as well as monarchs from across Europe. As expected, the palace had a huge sum of money invested into it and with the transformation being so successful, King Henry eventually took Hampton Court for himself.
By the 1530’s, Hampton Court was not just a palace but also a hotel, theatre and a leisure complex - the property was used to demonstrate the King's magnificence and power.
Infamously known for his wives, Hampton Court Palace holds memories (though not fond ones) of two significant wives - Jane Seymour and Catherine Howard. Jane died giving birth to a sought after son, Edward VI whilst Catherine was arrested and later executed for adultery and treason. Spooky fact: both wives are said to haunt the palace, Catherine ghost screams for mercy along the corridors…
Despite this sinister part of its history, Hampton Court Palace is the most idyllic backdrop for a summer evening concert. We can’t wait to welcome you once again for this year's series. To view the lineup and book your tickets now, visit https://hamptoncourtpalacefestival.com/