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A Palace by the Thames

  • Hampton Court Palace,

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Being the leader is easy - all you have to do is show up on time, be the point of contact for other attendees, and have a genuine desire to explore!

If you want to take a break from Central London to explore the city's outer regions, then we recommend Trabblrs make their way to Hampton Court Palace on the banks of the River Thames. Originally built for Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, a favorite of King Henry VIII, this 16th century palace has two distinct architectural styles - Tudor and Baroque. With highlights that include the beautiful Hampton Court gardens, the Hampton Court Maze (the most famous in the world), and the Great Vine (the largest grape vine in the world), Hampton Court Palace is a lovely way to spend a few hours of an English day. If you like, you can even take a guided tour or meet costumed interpreters. This handy planner will help organize your visit.

After you're done exploring the palace, we think Trabblrs will enjoy walking along the rural River Thames to fashionable Chelsea Harbour. While following the marked Thames Path you'll come across vast parklands, quaint cottages, and marinas. Walk London has outlined a nice route, which is between 15 (South Bank) and 23 (North Bank) miles depending on the bank you walk along. If you don't want to walk all the way to Chelsea, you can catch the Underground at Kew Gardens near the Royal Botanic Gardens to go back to Central London.

Meeting point: London Waterloo station at the "Meeting Point" near the information desk. Leaders, please check the National Rail timetable here before setting the start time! There are usually non-stop trains every half hour and the journey takes 36 minutes.

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