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In pictures: summer at Hampton Court Palace gardens

Hampton Court

We feel very lucky to live down the road from one of the most impressive Royal Palaces in England. Although it hasn’t been inhabited by the British Royal Family since the 18th century, it was once Henry VIII’s favourite royal hangout and his intended bride Anne Boleyn apparently spent the equivalent of around 18 million pounds turning the residence into the palace of their dreams. 

Located in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, Greater London, the Palace is grand and ornate with highlights including Henry’s State Rooms, Base Court, Haunted Gallery and the sprawling Tudor Kitchens. To bring its colourful history alive, costumed tours and talks happen daily and the palace also runs a pretty exciting calendar of seasonal events ranging from the famous Hampton Court Flower Show and summer concerts to a romantic outdoor ice rink in the winter.

Outside, the 60 acres of gardens are particularly enchanting – especially during the summer – with sparkling fountains, displays of over 200,000 beautiful flowering bulbs, a famous maze and the largest grape vine in the world. Here’s our day in Hampton Court gardens through the lens of an iPhone camera…

Hampton Court house

Summer at Hampton Court gardens

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Hampton Court gardens

Summer at Hampton Court

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Hampton Court blog

Hampton Court summer house

Hampton Court flowers

Hampton Court Drive

Pretty Hampton Court

Hampton Court side entrance

And to capture and keep your own special memories…

Born in England, with a few family roots from Bavaria, and a heart in Scandinavia I've always been a bit of a restless soul. My first true adventure began as a six month voyage around South East Asia as a fresh faced backpacker and ever since I've lived a semi nomadic existence, clocking up over 40 countries on trips and living in Dublin, South East Asia and Australia. I'm a lover of US Road Trips, deserted beaches bathed in warm glow of a sunset, Cuban mojitos, easy-on-the-eye travel destinations far away from the tourist crowds and all things Scandinavian - from cloudberry liquors to Scandi Noirs. When not wandering the world, you'll find me walking my rescue dog in leafy South West London, strolling around the Brighton Laines on random day trips, hunting for photogenic landscapes or daydreaming about returning to my all time favourite places in the world; Havana, Copenhagen, Italy, Thailand and the frozen landscapes of a wintry Iceland. Follow Becky on Twitter and Google+.

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