Video: The Secrets Of Hampton Court Palace

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Video: The Secrets Of Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace is approximately 50 minutes from Waterloo Station.

See also: the secret rooms of St Paul's Cathedral

The Great Hall with its famous hammerbeam ceiling. We're standing in the minstrels' gallery, off limits to the public, but still used by entertainers during functions.
The Great Hall with its famous hammerbeam ceiling. We're standing in the minstrels' gallery, off limits to the public, but still used by entertainers during functions.
The hammerbeam ceiling contains numerous painted faces. It is said that these were positioned in the eaves to remind courtiers that their conversations might be overheard - the origin of the word 'eavesdropping'.
The hammerbeam ceiling contains numerous painted faces. It is said that these were positioned in the eaves to remind courtiers that their conversations might be overheard - the origin of the word 'eavesdropping'.
The Georgian wine cellar, an area of the Palace normally off limits to the public.
The Georgian wine cellar, an area of the Palace normally off limits to the public.
London's most evil window?
London's most evil window?
The Silver Stick Staircase, off limits to the public, is said to be haunted by the shade of Jane Seymour, who died in an adjacent apartment shortly after giving birth to the future Edward VI.
The Silver Stick Staircase, off limits to the public, is said to be haunted by the shade of Jane Seymour, who died in an adjacent apartment shortly after giving birth to the future Edward VI.
And here is the room in which Jane Seymour gave birth to Edward in 1537. The suite is today used as a briefing room, and contains little of interest other than this Tudor fireplace.
And here is the room in which Jane Seymour gave birth to Edward in 1537. The suite is today used as a briefing room, and contains little of interest other than this Tudor fireplace.
This off-limits fire exit hit the headlines a few years ago, when CCTV footage captured a mysterious cloaked figure closing the doors (inset). The figure was dubbed 'Skeletor' for his resemblance to the He-Man character. More here.
This off-limits fire exit hit the headlines a few years ago, when CCTV footage captured a mysterious cloaked figure closing the doors (inset). The figure was dubbed 'Skeletor' for his resemblance to the He-Man character. More here.
The beautiful painted staircase in William and Mary's Baroque wing of the palace, very different from the nearby Tudor buildings.
The beautiful painted staircase in William and Mary's Baroque wing of the palace, very different from the nearby Tudor buildings.
Cracks and soot from a 1986 fire can still be found in some of the non-public areas of the building.
Cracks and soot from a 1986 fire can still be found in some of the non-public areas of the building.
Warder Christian Lax shows us around the rooftops.
Warder Christian Lax shows us around the rooftops.
Up on the rooftops. The Tudor great hall can be seen in the distance.
Up on the rooftops. The Tudor great hall can be seen in the distance.
Looking out over the Long Water, excavated during the reign of Charles II.
Looking out over the Long Water, excavated during the reign of Charles II.

Last Updated 19 October 2016

Herts Cockney

Thanks Matt, fascinating. I was lucky enough to get a (non-public) guided tour of the roof some years ago and the views are fantastic. I expect we can expect to get a surge of interest in all-things Tudor following the broadcasting of Wolf Hall.

Ellen Shearman

I delivered training to Hampton Court staff in the room where Jane Seymour died. Seemed a very lowly use for such a historic room! No ghost sightings that day...