Youse guys in Kiwiland may be interested in this, given that The Tudors is currently screening there. Hampton Court was built by Cardinal Wolsey and later lived in by Henry VIII, and even later by William and Mary, after Wren did a bit of home improvement on it.
I went last Sunday with Jason and Vicky. I’d recommend learning your history beforehand, as they use those awful audioguides that seem to be so in vogue at tourist destinations these days. They talk so slowly on them that you don’t learn anything you didn’t know already. I’d much rather read a plaque. I think it also stops you from interacting with the people around you if you’ve all got headphones on.
Me and Vicky in the maze.
The King’s Apartments, designed by Wren.