Get up close to Henry VIII at West Horsley Place this summer and ignite a passion for history. 

Enjoy an interactive and imitate meeting with the Tudor king and his friend, West Horsley Place owner, Gertrude Courtney. Sit down around the Tudor table, in a small group, and hear about the lavish banquet he once ate on this site in July 1533. Children and adults can ask him anything they like. Find out about his friendship with the Courtneys, his love for hunting or ask him which was his favourite wife!

The experience is brought to you in partnership with Past Pleasures, one of the UK's leading live costumed interpretation specialists. Experts in bringing history to life, they are brilliant at engaging audiences with the past in meaningful and memorable ways. 


The fun doesn't stop after you have met Henry VIII! After your time slot in the Stone Hall you are free to explore other areas of the ancient Manor House at West Horsley Place. There will be a host of Tudor related activities for families to enjoy. 

Tudor Games 

Discover how the people entertained themselves long before Netflix! Learn the rules of skittles, daughts and more, and see if you can beat your other family members. 

Design Your Own Crest 

Enjoy a room full of make-and-take crafts ready to spark your creativity. Draw your own family a coat of arms or design a piece of jewellery using the symbols of Tudor power. 

Garden Labyrinth  

The Tudors loved garden mazes and labyrinth, discover the Tudor's myths and ledgends as you explore beautiful walled gardens and wildflower labyrith.


Meet Henry VIII runs from Tuesday 29 July until Thursday 1 August. 

The Manor House and Gardens will be open 10am - 5pm with 20 min times slots to meet Henry VIII that need to be booked in advance. 

Each Meet Henry VIII time slot will last approx. 20 mins and is for up to 20 people. Please ensure you are at the entrance to the Stone Hall just before your time slot to ensure you do not miss it. However, after or before, you are very welcome to enjoy the Manor House, formal gardens and the other activities on offer. 

Meeting Henry VIII is an activity most suitable for children 7 plus. All children must be accompanied with an adult. 

Tickets are £15 for all ages.