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Immerse Yourself in English History at the Beautiful Hampton Court Palace

October 12th, 2016

The Magna Carta barge cruise includes visits to historic sites and beautiful gardens

If you love British culture and want to explore some of the English countryside, we highly recommend the Magna Carta which cruises on the vibrant and lively Thames River.  When cruising with them, we were delighted to walk from the barge to the Hampton Court Palace, most famous as a residence for Tudor monarchs and their consorts: Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Catherine Howard, Edward VI (Henry VIII’s short-lived male heir), and Mary I and Elizabeth I.

Hampton Court Palace

What are some of the highlights of Hampton Court Palace?

The great hall of Hampton Court Palace

The Great Hall of Henry VIII  This huge medieval hall once featured William Shakespeare’s acting troupe where they performed in the early 1600s.

The kitchens of Hampton Court Palace

The Tudor kitchens
These were built to feed hundreds of people every day, of course without any modern appliances.  How did they do it? Step into the kitchens and find out. You may also be able to catch a live cooking event.

The famous maze at Hampton Court Palace

One of the most famous mazes in the world
Will you be able to find your way out from among the intricate hedges? The maze, by the way, wasn’t Tudor. It was conceived later on during the reign of William III.

The gardens of Hampton Court Palace

The gardens
Don’t miss out on exploring the splendid formal gardens and parklands that surround the palace.  You’ll come across deer and birds, fountains and ponds, sculpted trees and a wide variety of flowers in breathtaking settings.

The largest grape vine in the world at Hampton Court Palace

The biggest surprise of all is the largest grape vine in the world
Now that’s worth seeing!

A visit to Hampton Court Palace is just one of the royal visits you will enjoy while cruising on board the Magna Carta.Related Article

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May 14th, 2013

England is steeped in history (as well as tea!), and nowhere is that more evident than when navigating the waters through which that history has flowed. We believe that one of the best ways to become steeped in that history yourself is by taking a river barge cruise aboard the Magna Carta on the Royal River Thames.

A luxury cruise aboard the 8 passenger Magna Carta on the Royal River Thames

Magna Carta meanders through the scenic English countryside. Photo courtesy of

Aboard the luxurious, eight passenger Magna Carta, you will enjoy both the elegance of a bygone era and the comfort of modern conveniences. Built in 1936 of mahogany, teak and oak woods, the Magna Carta includes such modern amenities as under floor heating, a spa pool and modern, ensuite facilities in its spacious 200 sq. foot staterooms. The barge is also outfitted with amenities such as WiFi internet access and touring bikes that you can use to meander along the Thames footpaths. The upper deck includes a salon in which you can sample a wide variety of wines, as well as the dining room, where the master chef will present you with succulent local dishes including roast guinea fowl, rack of lamb, breast of duck, and traditional English cheeses.

Magna Carta moored along the Thames

Magna Carta moored for a night’s rest along the Thames. Photo courtesy of

While enjoying the lovely English countryside from the comfort of your floating country hotel, you will meander past quaint riverside villages and historic royal palaces. Your trip begins with an English cream tea to properly prepare you for your idyllic waterway excursion. In addition to river views of the fabulous waterside houses of Bray, there are carefully planned side trips to points of interest such as Hampton Court Palace, Windsor Castle and Windsor Great Park’s Saville Gardens. From the ancient village of Hurley with Ye Olde Belle, England’s oldest inn, to Cookham, which hosts the painter Sir Stanley Spencer’s gallery, to the River and Rowing Museum at Henley, you will find a wide array of sights and sounds to please all of your senses.

Guided excursions are highlights of the barge cruise on Magna Carta in England

The main street of Henley-on-Thames. Photo courtesy of













So come steep yourself in tea, history and idyllic English countryside.

Contact us to sign up today for your cruise on the Royal River Thames!

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Immerse Yourself in English History at the Beautiful Hampton Court Palace

Beth Hanson
Barge Cruise Specialist since 1988