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Venue guide: Hampton Court

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Where is it?: East Molesey, Surrey.

Find it on the map: Here

How do you get there?: Bus or train are probably your best options. Car is also possible of course, as the palace is on the A308, around 12 miles south-west of central London, and is well signposted, but parking is limited. As regards buses, the 111, 216, 411, 461, R68, 267 and 513 routes pass next to the palace; for rail, South-West Trains run a service direct to Hampton Court, which takes around 35 minutes from London's Waterloo station. The palace is then 200 metres from the station.

What events will be held there and when?: Road cycling time trials (August 1).

Public facilities: The palace has two cafes — the Tiltyard and the smaller Privy Kitchen. Admission to the palace is not required for the Tiltyard, but is for the Privy Kitchen, which is situated in the centre of the building.

History: Initially a medieval manor, Hampton Court was transformed into a palace in 1514 by Cardinal Wolsey and expanded further in 1529, when King Henry VIII took it over. In 1689 a good portion of the Tudor building was knocked down and replaced by a new palace designed by Sir Christopher Wren. It continued to act as a royal residence until 1760, when George III decided he wanted to live elsewhere and had the palace divided up into apartments. In 1838 Queen Victoria opened the palace's state apartments and gardens to the public, and it has been a popular tourist attraction ever since. It is also home to the oldest working real tennis court in England and houses an 18-hole golf course. For the Games it will stage the start and finish of the two cycling time trials.

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