"Family days out are all about skipping along in the sunshine, exploring the new and feasting on a picnic. Our kids love them! So we were keen to snap up a big slice of the countryside-in-London with an adventure-packed day trip to Hampton Court Palace. Our royal getaway began with a whizz around the Hedge Maze (over 300 years old and the oldest hedge maze in Great Britain) where our two year old revelled in every twist and turn. Get enjoyably lost amongst intertwining paths and when you (finally) make it to the centre, take your family portrait in the beautiful ironwork picture frame."
"Next, the main palace to soak up all of the Tudor history, from Henry VIII’s Apartments and kitchens to the Chapel Royal and Great Hall. There’s even a replica of Henry’s Crown on display. For the green-fingered, don’t miss the plethora of garden dotted around the grounds. The Privy Garden, Pond Gardens and The Great Vine are unmissable for ultimate botanical impact."
"With a family ticket you’ll get full access to the Palace, gardens, plus entry to the Maze and Magic Garden too, which we saved for the end – trust me, it won’t disappoint. Head through the Rose Garden and Kitchen Garden on your way to the most magical, interactive playground around. Built on Henry VIII’s tiltyard, (where he watched jousting and sporting tournaments) the play garden includes aerial walk-ways, slides, climbing frames and water fun. Plus, a mysterious beast’s lair, huge bejewelled crown, secret grotto and battlements – you’ll be dragging them away kicking and screaming. One for the summer to-visit list!"