Before your visit
Due to security procedures at Hampton Court Palace (HCP), you need to give the names of all players and guests to the RTC match manager in the week before the match. The list will passed on to HCP security who will use it as a reference when allowing entry to the court via Tennis Court Lane.
Also, please remember to let the RTC match manager know how many people will require lunch and whether any have special dietary requirements.
Getting to Hampton Court Palace
Visiting players and guests can use the main public car park within HCP if there is space. The entrance is via the main gate immediately on the north side of Hampton Court Bridge. If the main gate is shut then you can drive up to it and the security guards will open it and let you in if you tell them that you are visiting to play tennis.
Visitors are able to use the car park without paying by driving up to the exit barrier as normal, pressing the buzzer, and explaining that they have been playing at RTC. HCP security will then open the barrier.
Getting to the court
Entrance is via Tennis Court Lane, pictured, the road that runs along the left hand side of the Palace when viewed from the front.
Go through the security barrier, where the guards will have your name on a list. Continue to the very end of the lane and go through the left hand archway facing you. Go through two sets of doors and you will arrive at the court. The club rooms are at the far end of the court, behind the dedans.
There are male and female changing rooms, both of which have showers. Tourists and other visitors to HCP are free to watch from behind the hazard and service galleries during British Summer Time. Because of this both changing rooms have security locks that require a numeric code. The code will be given to playing visitors on the day. We do not provide towels, and recommend that valuables are not left in the changing rooms.
Access to the palace
Access to the tennis court gives you free access to the HCP Gardens, but does not give you free access to any other areas of HCP. Visitors wishing to visit the other parts of the Palace will need to buy a ticket from the ticket booth near the main entrance.
The cost of the each match will be determined by the RTC match manager on a per match basis, depending as it does on final numbers for lunch. Cost per player (assuming 1 hour of tennis) is normally between £12 and £20. This excludes drinks which are bought and paid for ad hoc.
Please note that the match fees need to be paid in cash on the day.
We hope you have an enjoyable day with us at the Royal Tennis Court at Hampton Court Palace!