The Thames: Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace

The Thames has some exceptional places to moor a barge. Last summer we snagged a nice spot outside the fence, behind the camera in the first picture, at Hampton Court Palace.

Along with St. James’s Palace, Hampton Court is one of only two surviving palaces of the many owned by King Henry VIII. Full of history and interesting architecturally, the palace is today a significant tourist attraction and receives over a half-million visits each year. Visitors coming by car can expect to pay a few pounds for parking. If you arrive by boat it’s free to moor for 24 hrs.

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The main entrance to the palace

The main entrance to the palace

As an American, visiting a British Royal palace on the Fourth of July seems oddly inappropriate.

As an American, visiting a British Royal palace on the Fourth of July seems oddly inappropriate.

Becky gets the stink eye from a stiff at HCP.  Perhaps Americans are not welcome on the Fourth.

Becky gets the stink eye from a stiff at HCP. Perhaps Americans are not welcome on the Fourth.

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