Henry VIII – The Tudors – and London.

Is there anyone else out there who has followed the tv-series about the Tudors? It’s rather fascinating with “sex, drugs and rock & roll” set in a Tudor-setting. Henry VIII led a ruthless life , taking 6 wives where he beheaded two of them, divorced  4 and was rather an unpleasant partner I would guess? If you are into history and Henry VIII this is the year to visit some of the palaces and places connected to the late King.

Hampton Court Palace, which he more or less stole from his lord chancellor  Cardinal Wolsey is one. The cardinal “volunteered” to give it to the former King but was still beheaded a few years later. So much for being generous! Now it’s 500 years since Henry VIII became king and at Hampton Court Palace an extensive makeover has been done to the state apartments. New furniture and decorations to really catch the lavish Tudor feeling. The celebration at Hampton Court called “Henry VIII: Heads and Hearts” is going on the whole year.

Tower of LondonFurther more, a visit to The Tower of London, where several of Henry VIII’s enemies (or people he just didn’t like) were imprisoned and beheaded, will be essential. Here the exhibition “Henry VIII: Dressed to Kill” will go on the entire year. The exhibition claims they have gathered together,     for the first time since the 16th century, the largest number of objects that belonged to Henry,- and of course, just a few yards away from the    exhibition at the Tower you’ll find the site of Ann Boleyn’s execution. 

There are several other places in London,- and other parts of England, where they will celebrate the 500 year anniversary . The British Library in London, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard with Henry’s favourite warship Mary Rose, Windsor Castle and  Hever Castle in Kent will all have exhibitions and activities.  Please contact us by email for more information.

Buy your tickets to Hampton Court Palace and The Tower of London in our web shop online.



Filed under Attractions & Culture, London, Music, Film & TV, Nature & Heritage, News

4 responses to “Henry VIII – The Tudors – and London.

  1. Göran

    London..a place to enjoy. I´m planning a visit there in october this year..to celebrate my 70th birthday..and will take a ride in the London Eye
    Would like to learn about the oyster..how to travel cheap.

  2. Cathrine

    Hi Göran, how nice to hear that you are going to celebrate your birthday in London. We appreciate all questions and to be able to give you the best answer that suits your travel it’s better if you email us at: sverige@visitbritain.org
    Enjoy your planning and have a fabolous London vacation!

  3. Peter

    Hi Catherine,
    I followed the series and this exhibition is the main reason behind the visit to London I am currently planning. It would be nice to see what and where will be shown.

  4. Cathrine

    Hi Peter,

    I hope you will enjoy the exhibition! Did you know you can actually be a part of it? My mum prebooked tickets and did actually have a “chat” with the King! Check the link: http://www.hrp.org.uk/HamptonCourtPalace/stories/palacehighlights/HenryVIIIheadsandhearts/Orderofservice.aspx

    have a great trip!

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