Hampton Court Palace Trip

Monday 17th December 2018

On Friday 30 November, our year 4, L6 and U6 History students took a trip to Hampton Court Palace.


The original Tudor palace was built by Cardinal Wolsey in the early 16th century, but it soon attracted the attention of Henry VIII, who brought all his six wives there.

The palace was opened to the public Queen Victoria in 1838.


Our girls had a great time exploring the castle and the grounds, and you can read some of their thoughts of the trip below:

On Friday, we visited Hampton Court to recall the Tudor dynasty.

The building was very prepossessing, and it was cool to think that the Tudors had lived there a long time ago! Hampton Court was built by the Cardinal, Thomas Wolsey in 1514.


Our first workshop was about the religious rollercoaster during the Tudor times.

The instructor would tell us dates and we would have to stand where we thought was the correct option of what religion we would be. We had three options: Protestant, Catholic and in the middle.

The picture below shows how the religion changed as a new King or Queen took the throne.


After that, we observed a painting by Hans Holbein showing Henry VIII and his family.

When Holbein painted it, Henry’s wife in the picture, Jane Seymour, was not alive. However, this was Henry’s ‘ideal’ family and Jane was his favourite wife seeing as he gave him a son. His daughters, Mary and Elizabeth, are also there but they are less important to Henry than Edward.

I liked this picture because it looked like they were standing in front of me.


One of our workshops was about how Elizabeth the 1st became queen. We then had to split into 4 groups and decide whether Lady Jane Grey should’ve taken the throne or not. Our group decided that Lady Jane Grey was not suitable as she came from a family of traitors.

On our arrival, we met our guide who escorted us to the rooms where workshops take place.

Over the course of the day we took part in two workshops about the Reformation and the Mid Tudor Crisis.

These were very interesting and involved tours of the Court and fun, interactive activities; for example: role play where we acted out different characters and scenarios; even the teachers showed off their acting skills at one point!

I found it really thought-provoking to think that I was standing in the same rooms that past Kings and Queens had roamed during their reigns.


My favourite room was the Great Hall because it was decorated on the walls with extremely grand tapestries which were embroidered with gold thread.

It was fascinating to discover that a battleship, such as the Mary Rose, could have been built for the same price as one of the tapestries displayed on the walls in this room and that if the money had been spent on battleships rather than tapestries, perhaps England would have been more successful in battle, which could have changed the course of history.


When we had some free time, my friends and I explored other parts of the court and we came across the real version of the Field of the Cloth of Gold painting.

This really helped what we had learnt in our lessons come to life because we could imagine and visualise what was happening.


Overall, the trip was an enjoyable experience which really brought the Tudors section of the History A Level course alive.

It will enable me to understand fully and remember various aspects of the course because I will be able to link it back to different parts of this very enriching trip.


Have a look at some of the great photos from our girls’ trip to Hampton Court Palace below!