Question from Analisa - Tudor History places in London
I was wondering if anyone had an good recomendations on places to visit in London that are connected to Tudor History. I am going over Spring Break and I will only going to places very close to London. Thanks!
The Tower of London is well worth a visit. And I've not been to Hampton Court, but I've heard good things about it!
I'll second Liam's comments. And I've been to Hampton Court a couple of times and recommend it. There's a lot to see there that is Tudor-related! Also, Hatfield is easy to reach from London and well worth a visit. In London I would also recommend Westminster Abbey and the National Portrait Gallery.
Have a great time!
If I might just add to the above ... Unfortunately, there is not a lot of Tudor London left. Much of it was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666. But as Liam noted, the Tower is a "must see." Hampton Court is also very much worth the visit. It's only 30 minutes west of London by train, and you can walk to it from the train station literally a couple of hundred yards from the front gate. I would add to the list a possible visit to the Globe Theater, a modern replica of the late-Tudor original. A replica of Sir Francis Drakes' ship, the Golden Hind, is moored nearby the Globe, so you can see two things in one visit. The medieval Guildhall is well worth a visit as well. And I strongly recommend the Museum of London near the Guildhall (not to be confused with the British Museum.) The Museum of London is, in my opinion, one of the great unsung treasures of London. It presents the history of the City in a series of vignettes using authentic artifacts from the various historical periods. It has a really superb Tudor section that has only recently been redesigned and rebuilt. Look for the Cheapside Hoard of Tudor-era jewelry, especially.
Hampton Court is a must. It is a lot to see in one day. I suggest that you see the Tudor Kitchens first. That is in case you don't get it all in one day. I felt the kitchens were the highlight and not to be missed.
I live very near Hampton Court, I am a Historian, and I do recommend Hampton Court. The Tower is fanstastic too, Westminster Abbey is very interesting and the Guildhall is good! There are lots more I might not know about, but these are the best (in my opinion) London Dungeons MIGHT be Tudor-related, but I hear it's very gory and scary, so don't bring small children with you!
You can also visit St.James Palace.
I would highly recommend Hever Castle. It has just reopened to the public a few years ago, and I was lucky enough to catch a 'summer festival' in the gardens where they have Henry VIII dancing with all his six wives. It was awesome!
I would highly recommend Hever Castle (Anne Boleyn's). It has just reopened to the public a few years ago, and I was lucky enough to catch a 'summer festival' in the gardens where they have Henry VIII dancing with all his six wives. It was awesome!
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