Saturday, September 05, 2009

Roof-top Tour - 5 September 2009

Garrick's Shakespeare Temple
One of Henry's mythical beastsThe Historic Royal Palaces card is a great deal which gives unlimited access to a number of ex-Royal Palaces in London

They also have special members-only events from time to time and today was one such occasion as a tour of the Hampton Court Palace roof was available to members.
'Henry' and 'Katherine Parr'
We took train to Hampton and walked back to the palace via Bushy Park. En route, we passed Garrick Temple by the Thames; built as a tribute to Shakespeare.

Elizabethan ChimneysHampton Court Palace gardens
On arriving at Hampton Court Palace, we first took our chances in the maze, said to be the oldest surviving hedge maze in Britain, had a look again at the formal gardens, and then it was time for the roof.
Roof viewsRoof views
After climbing the 107 steps, we were rewarded with wonderful views of the surroundings and a close up look at the 242 “Elizabethan” chimneys. The originals were long gone and the ones there today were painstakingly restored by the Victorians, using the original plans.
Looking down on the formal gardens

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