About the Venue
The Hampton Court Estate has a fascinating and chequered history dating back to the 15th Century. The estate was originally formed by the merging of the manors of Hampton Richard and Hampton Mappenor.
Henry IV began building on the site before giving it to Sir Rowland Lenthall at the time of his marriage to Margaret Fitzalan, daughter of the Earl of Arundel and a cousin of the King. Lenthall built a quadrangular manor house in 1427, twelve years after his knighthood at the battle of Agincourt. In 1434 he was granted a licence to crenellate the house by Henry VI.
Sir Rowland was succeeded by his daughter who married the Baron of Burford and it was their grandson who sold Hampton Court to Sir Humphrey Coningsby in 1510. Hampton Court remained in the Coningsby family, a prominent noble Herefordshire family, until the early 19th Century when the estate was purchased by Richard Arkwright, the son of the famous inventor.
Richard Arkwright's son, John, then commissioned the remodelling of the house in the 1830's and 40's, the work being designed and carried out by Charles Hanbury Tracy, later Lord Sudeley. The Arkwrights lived at Hampton Court until 1912.
In the 20th Century it passed through various hands and much of the original furniture was sold. It was rescued in the 1990s by the American millionaire, Robert Van Kampen, who refurnished the interior according to his interpretation of how an English castle should look.
Hampton Court Castle, like many buildings of its age, has been through an immense journey over the centuries. The oldest parts of the castle, including the Chapel, date back to 1427, with royal permission to crenellate awarded in 1434. Difficult times and changing circumstances led to the castle going through various transformations, which are reflected in how it looks today.
The castle is now fully restored and has retained a truly special atmosphere. It still operates as a place that brings immense joy and charm to many people, and we hope that this can continue for centuries to come.
The gardens at Hampton Court Castle are lovingly cared for throughout the year by our dedicated gardening team. Open to the public in the spring and summer months, they have a lot to offer, including a maze, beautiful herbaceous borders, water features and fantastic views of the forest backdrop.
The river walk provides the opportunity to further explore the estate, offering stunning views of the castle from across the ha-ha wall and a taste of the surrounding Herefordshire countryside.
Hampton Court Castle is a spectacular wedding venue set in beautiful surroundings in the Herefordshire countryside. Featuring a variety of spacious rooms for entertaining your guests, including the Coningsby Banqueting Hall, Library, Grand Ballroom, Formal Dining Room and 24 unique castle bedrooms, all for your exclusive use. The award-winning gardens are available for guests to enjoy and offer incredible photo opportunities, and a dedicated wedding planner will be on hand to help you design your perfect wedding.
Filming & Media
The castle and grounds have often been used as a backdrop for filming. In the 1970s, the BBC TV series Survivors was filmed at Hampton Court Castle, and more recently the estate has been used for a host of other film and TV including the Antiques Roadshow, Time Team and Escape to the Country.
For any private function, corporate or filming enquiries, please contact the events team on firstname.lastname@example.org
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