King Henry VIII’s Palaces & Royal Houses

I was recently searching the Internet trying to find a list of Henry VIII’s palaces and houses but was unable to find a complete list online. I am though lucky enough to own Simon Thurley’s The Royal Palaces of Tudor England, which includes a wonderful map showing the distribution of royal houses in 1547 (Pg. 69) and so decided to put together my own resource.

The following list, adapted from Thurley’s map, includes castles, palaces, large houses, lesser houses, hunting lodges, confiscated houses, monastic conversions and defensive fortresses and is based on the research of Simon Thurley.

It’s important to note that this is indeed a work in progress. Where something remains of the palace or house today, a link will be included. If the building is also on my Anne Boleyn list of places then the title will be linked to the relevant entry where you will find more information about the history of the property and its links to Anne Boleyn.

Eventually, I hope to provide some information about all the properties but considering that there are over 60 on the list, this may take some time.

I feel that I should also mention that the list of Henry VIII’s palaces and houses varies depending on whether you include confiscated houses that Henry owned but never used and defensive castles.  It also varies depending on what year in Henry’s reign you are researching. I have in my reading seen a number of other properties listed as belonging to Henry VIII at some point during his reign and have added those at the end of the list.

Windsor Castle


Windsor Castle

Visit Windsor Castle’s official website here.

Tower of London

The Tower of London

Visit the Tower of London’s official website here.

Whitehall Palace

Before being destroyed by fire in 1698, Whitehall had grown to be one of the largest palaces in Europe, boasting an unbelievable 1500 rooms!  King Henry VIII married Anne Boleyn and Jane Seymour in the palace and also died there in 1547. Today, the only thing remaining is the Banqueting House built in 1622 although there are parts of the old palace incorporated in other buildings.

Some ruins from Whitehall can be found outside the Ministry of Defense.

(Read more about Whitehall and Anne Boleyn’s connection to it here.)

Ruins of Whitehall Palace

Nonsuch Palace

A Tudor royal palace built by Henry VIII in Surrey.  Work commenced in 1538 and was not yet complete when Henry died in 1547. The palace stood until 1682-83, when Barbara, Countess of Castlemaine, demolished it. Some elements of the building have been incorporated into other buildings but no trace of the palace remains on site today.

Georg Hoefnagel’s 1568 watercolour of the south frontage of Nonsuch Palace

Loseley House’s magnificent Great Hall contains panelling from Henry VIII’s Nonsuch Palace and his banqueting tents.

Read more about Nonsuch Palace here.


Eltham Palace

Visit Eltham’s official website here.

Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace

Visit Hampton Court’s official website here.

St James’s Palace

St. James’s Palace

For more information click here.

Hatfield House

Old Palace Hatfield House

Hatfield House’s official website.

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey official website

Westminster Hall

Palace of Beaulieu (also known as New Hall)



On the outskirts of Sevenoaks is a beautiful stately home set in a magnificent deer park. In Tudor times, Knole belonged to Thomas Cranmer, the Archbishop of Canterbury who declared Henry VIII’s marriage to first wife Katherine void and his marriage to Anne Boleyn valid. Little good it did him, Henry fancied Knole for himself and in 1538 he forced Cranmer to hand it over. Portraits of Tudor monarchs, including Henry and Anne, are just some of the many treasures you’ll find here. The superb medieval deer park where Henry hunted is the only one remaining in Kent.

Leeds Castle


Woodstock palace was a royal residence in the English town of Woodstock. Elizabeth I was imprisoned here in 1554. Woodstock Palace was destroyed during the English Civil War and Blenheim Palace was later built on the same site.



Ewelme almhouses

In the 14th century, Sir John Burghersh held the Manor of Ewelme in Oxfordshire.  On his death in 1491, it passed to his younger daughter, Maud, who had married Thomas Chaucer, son of the poet Geoffrey Chaucer.

Find out more about Ewelme here.

Ludlow Castle

Oatlands Palace

Ampthill Castle

Woking Palace



Penshurst Place

Penshurst Place

Visit Penshurst Place’s official website here.


West Horsley








Suffolk Place















The More

St Alban’s








Wayneflete’s Tower is the only surviving remains of the late 15th century Bishops palace and later Royal Palace of Esher.

Pastscape information





A coastal fortress built by Henry VIII between 1538 and 1544 and situated in what is now the city of Kingston upon Hull in the historic county of the East Riding of Yorkshire.




Other properties not included in Thurley’s list:

Dover Castle

Baynard Castle

Palace Pendennis

Raglan Castle

Hever Castle


Chester Castle

Pembroke Castle


Thurley, S. The Royal Palaces of Tudor England, 1993.

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  1. Henry VIII also owned Apethorpe Hall in Northamptonshire, which he acquired in 1543. When he died in 1549, it passed to his daughter Elizabeth. She disposed of it by exchange in 1552 to Sir Walter Mildmay who later was her Chancellor of the Exchequer when she became Queen. She stayed as his guest in one of her progresses in 1566. There is no evidence that Henry ever visited.

  2. Thanks so much for all this info.
    This is so impressive, I mean, I know he was a king, but these are so many…
    To bad not all of them exist as they were today!!!

  3. Carol Dennis says:

    Hi Natalie
    I wonder if you have heard of Tudor Court at Iron Acton a small village in South Gloucestershire. In the 16th Century it was owned by Nicholas Poyntz and it was visited by King Henry and Anne Boleyn on there 1535 tour of the west country. Practically only the east wing survives now – but apparently it is a fine example of Tudor architecture.

  4. Carol Dennis says:

    Hi Natalie Sorry I did not realize that Iron Acton was already on your list. It sounds like an interesting place and somewhere I would certainly like to visit

  5. Hi
    pleased to see your website I will recommend it to
    the primary schools I work with (160/year)

    The Henry Tudor Drama Company

  6. Why thank you Henry!

  7. I have been watching the TV series by showtime called “The Tudors” there is a scene where Henry is grieving for Jane Seymour and he designs an elaborate palace which he instructs Cromwell to have built. In a following scene he takes Katherine Howard to view the completed palace – what is it called, where is it located and does it still exist?

    • Hi Lisa, the palace you are referring to is Nonsuch Palace, a royal palace built by Henry VIII in Surrey. Work commenced in 1538 and was not yet complete when Henry died in 1547. The palace stood until 1682-83, when Barbara, Countess of Castlemaine, demolished it. Some elements of the building have been incorporated into other buildings but no trace of the palace remains on site today. You can read a post I wrote about Nonsuch here: Hope this helps!

    • Hi I realise this is an old post but wanted to check you were aware that henry built nonsuch to celebrate Edward not to grieve Jane. You may already know bit how I read the post made it sound (to me) it was to remember his Queen.

  8. Hi Natalie,
    In David Loades’s work on Henry VIII’s Court (‘The Tudor Court’, Headstart History) he provides an appendix with all of Henry’s houses listed in it. Obviously, many do not still survive, but that could help you find those which do?

    • Thank you for letting me know Lauren! I have owned this book for a while now but hadn’t gotten around to reading it – this will be useful! 🙂

  9. Marc O'Neill says:

    Hi – does anyone know where Henry would likely to have held Privy Council meetings in 1521? Can you confirm that Thomas Wolsey and Thomas More would have attended? Thanks.

  10. Great fosters in Egham Surrey was built for Henry viii commissioned by Anne Boleyn it is exactly 9miles from Windsor and exactly 9 miles from Hampton Court. 9 miles was a days hunt. It was completed after Henry’s death and if you visit you will find the crest of Elizabeth I over the threshold. Now a stunning hotel! It is also likely to be the place George was interned during his madness according to some records.

  11. Can anyone tell me where Henry learned all his building skills? I thought the process was that he would instruct someone to “Have this built or I’ll have you decapitated” and so places were built by hundreds of peasants and artisans.

    • Hi, Bo He,
      If you type in Henry VIII:architecture and Tudor Palaces on YouTube it gives you some info on there. Hope this helps.

  12. Anthony McCann says:

    Naturally, I meant that the date of Henry VIII’s daeth was 1547 and not 1549; apologies for the mistake.

  13. How come you do not list the location of these palaces. For Instance I have been watching the Tudors. Would love to know the actual location of Grafton House and Fotheringhay.

  14. Ken Beasley says:

    Hi Natalie, I have been studying Henry for a little while, and was impressed with your list. Tickenhill is now known as Tickhill, and parts of the castle still exist, thoough in private hands. Placed in South Yorkshire, near Rotherham.

    • Thank you Ken! I have been working on some other projects and haven’t had time to update the list. I will do in the near future. Natalie

    • I’ve seen it many times Ken, I used to live not far from it, it’s in-between Doncaster and Rotherham isn’t it. My husband is from Rotherham and I’m originally Retford (notts) the other side of Doncaster. I had no idea it had links to Henry, though it featured a lot in the tales of Robin Hood I think…

      • Ken Beasley says:

        Dawn, what doesn’t have links with Robin Hood, he even has an airport now! The more I read of Henry, and what he did, and to whom, it appears every Englishman, Welsh man and some Scots and Irish were affected by him. Most Scots were fortunate in having their own king, and the Irish were across the water, and a little remote. Give my regards to Rotherham, I grew up not far away.

        • Haha, yes I bet Robin finds the Airport very handy…
          I live in North-East Scotland (again) now, so haven’t been to Rotherham for over 10years, husband goes occasionally to see his family, apparently it’s a bit grotty now, shame that.
          Yes old Henry didn’t completely get his hands on Scotland, though he did have a few serious battles with them..’The Rough Wooing’ was a nasty one!
          I know Henry was a force to be reckoned with when he became, shall I say ‘twisted’, but in those days of absolute rule by the monarchy the ones before and the ones after weren’t much better, perhaps worse on occasion to my mind.
          Love him or hate him, he’s a fascinating man and King to read about can’t get enough! 🙂

    • Janet Adey says:

      With regard to the above post regarding Tickenhill, I live in Bewdley in Worcestershire and we have here a home which was known as Tickenhill palace in the past and Henry’s brother Arthur was married by proxy to Catherine of Aragon here. They then went on to Ludlow Castle to live until his death. After which she married Henry. Couldn’t this be the Tickenhill that is mentioned as we know that Henry owned Ludlow?

  15. I am an Australian who has studied English history and would love to follow King Henry Progress trails in 2015. Any suggestions for an itinary?

  16. Thanks so much for all of this work! I found you while trying to find the exact location of Henry VIII’s palace in Chelsea. I skimmed through some of the posts, so may be redundant, but if you didn’t know already, you can rent either a small apartment or very large house inside Hampton Court Palace. I did it one summer with a friend and our children, and it was beyond wonderful. You have the gardens, including the maze, to yourselves once the tourists go home in the evening. You wander through the castle as much as you like.
    Also, I stumbled upon Pendennis Castle and forts in Cornwall a few years ago.
    Thanks again,

  17. Hi has any one have any information on wolfhall manor in wiltshire. what i want to know where was it’s location

    • Alice Macaire says:

      Hi Denise, I am currently working with the family who now own Wolfhall – they are the 32nd generation of their family to own it and decedents from Edward Seymour (Queen Jane’s brother). We are currently working to provide a visitor destination at the property. If you would like to know more detail do feel free to contact me.

  18. for Wolf Hall Manor, visit

    Rob Dixon

  19. Paul willis says:

    i was told king henry viii had hunted in west ilsley berkshire ,can anyone shed a light on this many thanks paul.

  20. Pls can some one tell me, Which palace, once owned by King Henry VIII, does the Humanities International Summer School visit?”

    • From the little bit I have read on this University tolu, it will be Hampton Court and Winchester Cathedral. Though I suppose there could be others they may visit, as the area is surrounded by beautiful historical homes etc. Hope that helps.

  21. Cool

  22. David Fletcher says:

    I know many of the royal palaces could house the entire court. How often did the Court move, and why? How many weeks were spent at Whitehall, at Hampton Court, at Windsor Castle?

    • Hi David, in the 1520s, there were 6 royal palaces that could comfortably house the entire court, which numbered in the winter time up to 1,500 people. These were: Woodstock, Palace of Beaulieu, Richmond, Hampton Court (not officially Henry’s until around 1529), Eltham and Greenwich. As for the court’s movements and time spent at each palace, this varied from year to year, and depended greatly on the social and political circumstances of the time.

  23. Maureen Henry says:

    I’m not an expert on Tudor life, but from what I have read and heard, the length of visits at each location varied and depended on a lot of things. Sometimes they went to Hampton Court to escape the heat and smell of summer in London, sometimes they moved because they had gone through all of the provisions available in one place (the large court could wipe out all of the resources in a town pretty quickly). Sometimes travel was dictated by illnesses- they would move to escape the outbreak of a disease or virus outbreak. I think they also probably had traditions: Christmas in one place, Easter in another, etc.

  24. Katie Peterson says:

    Could someone please post a name & picture of the house on the river that Henry was secretly traveling on his barge to call on Kathryn Howard? Is the place he put her up in one of the houses confiscated from the felons? I want to see how he would float his barge across the river to this secret lodging place to be with Kathryn H. I’m infatuated with this part of the story & am strategically trying to visualize or map it in my head it helps to have visuals. Is the property still standing on a cove on the river where people can tour or visit?
    Thank you in advance,
    Katie Peterson

  25. Wow what a wonderful list. I had the pleasure of visiting Hampton court and hever castle in 2014. They were both awesome. I love visiting England

  26. Unless I missed it, I did not see Pontefract Castle in York on your list. Was it not regarded as one of Henry VIII’s castle holdings at the time? It was a major fortress and the gateway to the south during the religion rebellion.

  27. Temple Newsam House in Yorkshire was seized from Darcy by Henry in 1537 after Darcy took part in the Pilgrimage of Grace. It remained in his possession until 1544 when he gifted it to his niece, Margaret Countess of Lennox. After her son Lord Darnley married Mary Queen of Scots it was siezed by the crown once again and was retained until James I gave it to the Duke of Lennox..

  28. Lawrence Conrad says:

    Can anyone tell me about the palace which is now a high-end hotel but apparently well-preserved?

  29. Lawrence Conrad says:

    Corrected address for above question

  30. virginia lee says:

    thank you for doing such an exceptional work on the castles/palaces of King Henry … very informative…

  31. daniel hobbins says:

    An interesting list, I am currently in the process of reconstructing a lodge used by Henry VIII based on the past two seasons of excavations and their subsequent results and this blog has been useful for finding structures to draw comparisons with

  32. Love this list. Im also a massive fan of the tudors and the cousins war. Visited Hampton court this wkend. Suedley castle is one of my favorites. Also I come from Thornbury in South Area, I beleive this was once owned by Henry the Vlll. It wasnt completed but is a lovely castle joined with a St Marys Church

  33. Hi,this is a great site? i remember watching the six wives of Henry VIII with Keith Mitchell back in the 70’s. and have an idea of writing a mystery novel series set in some of the historic houses. Does anyone know something about Durham House? Catherine of Aragon was a virtual prisoner there after Arthur died. But I can find very little information on it.

    • I would like to know if henry and katherine of aragons ever lived at hadleigh castle in essex as I was once informed that katherine of aragons and katherine howard both lived there is this true and when did they live there if they ever did

  34. Philip Robb says:

    You may be interested to know that there is a Manor House in West Auckland, County Durham, which is claimed to have been used as a hunting lodge by Henry viii. It was clearly not owned by Henry and is associated with a prominent family by the name of Eden. At one stage it was used as a brewery.The date above the front door is 1420 and it is a Grade 1 listed building. Now used as a hotel and health spa ( The Manor Park ) it is certainly a fascinating building.

    • Thank you for sharing, Philip! It looks like an interesting place, however, as far as we know, Henry only ever travelled as far north as York, and so I don’t think he would have used it as a hunting lodge but interesting nevertheless.
      Best wishes, Natalie.

  35. Kim Sargeson says:

    Wonderful, thank you for sharing. I stumbled across this by researching Henry VIII and the Tudor family for my daughter who is studying in detail the history of this King and this era. Amazing how many Palaces and stately homes were owned by him and his family. My husband and I were married in King Henry VIII’s ‘Manor Gatehouse’ in Dartford 11 years ago. Although much of it has diminished, there are some original features left, like part of the ‘Gatehouse’ and the fixtures and fittings around it. It is well looked after, and it is in keeping with the Tudor period, fabrics and furniture design. We also played music at the time for the period of the 15-17th Century. A wonderful experience for us and this is a delight to see on here so many other historic buildings of this time too. Thank you.

  36. Chris Watson says:

    Just preparing a presentation for a talk to my U3A Stately Homes group and all your information could cut down my research time considerably. I don’t think many of my members know about his residence in Hull, it will come as a bit of surprise for them. Thank You.

  37. Thank you so much this helped me start my king Henry VIII homes paper and was really easy to read!

  38. i had a relative that lived in a lodge and i’m sure it was called Old Suley in Lincolnshire somewhere. We were always told it was one of Henry’s hunting Lodges but i can’t find anything about it anywhere.

  39. My understanding is that Henry owned 1000 residences in his lifetime. Probably never even stayed in more but a few. What were the reasons for such continual expansion of homesites?

  40. Hi my name is Ronald I work at a place called the outland chaser in Weybridge and aperantley it belonged to Henry 8th I am trying to find out some information on it I was wondering if you can tell me

  41. PORTLAND CASTLE is NOT mentioned in this list! Some homework was not done obviously but good try with a starter of a list!

    • Thanks for that. I think the original list was more royal palaces rather than coastal fortifications, however, I should extend it to include all the coastal forts. If only I had more hours in the day!


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