Become a Time Explorer with this interactive app and go on a mission when you visit Hampton Court Palace or the Tower of London. Adventure into the past and help characters from history to solve a problem. Explore the palace, do challenges, look for clues and find the answers. Win a badge for every mission you complete.

How to play

- Download the app to your iPhone, iPad or iPod
- Download any updates
- Visit the palace (You can also download the app at the palace)
- Choose a mission
- Find the mission start point
- Do the challenges and save Time Gems
- Do the final quiz to complete the mission
- Win a mission badge
- Choose another mission

Missions have been designed for both families and schools. They have been developed to stimulate a set of core skills: looking, imagining, discovering, investigating, gathering, questioning, comparing, interpreting, solving, sharing, challenging and creating.

What's New

Version 1.6

General improvements and minor bug fixes.

Ratings and Reviews


Really mixed experience

This app is very hit and miss. The Kensington Palace explorer is excellent, it makes you go and look at things with your children and find out history and ongoing heritage in a memorable way. But the Hampton Court explorer is terrible, the questions often have nothing to do with what you can see and are often completely subjective: 'what is the most impressive thing about this room?' being a typical example. And in another room, which has a prominent picture of the Pope being attacked it asks if you can see any depiction of the Pope's clothes. The answer is unarguably yes, very clearly, but apparently not according to the app. In the main courtyard which has some huge and impressive oak doors it asks if you can see any woodwork, and once again you are supposed to say no for reasons that are completely unfathomable. Lots and lots more silly mistakes like this spoil an excellent idea that has been otherwise professionally put together.

Oh and download before you go or ask for the palace's wifi to download on site, it is too big to do on mobile data, and in fact would not even let us when we tried.


Entertaining but needs a bit more work

This is a great app to use the kids to explore the Tower of London or Hampton Court Palace. Each site has three trails to explore and answer questions about.
It's better to download before a visit as it takes a while. It does crash sometimes but doesn't lose data so you can restart where you left off.

Crazy cat 2,000


I love this app! It helped me learn the history of Hampton Court, I explored the building and learnt new things in a fun way! Download this app and the challenges before you visit the palace and it will work perfectly. I recommend the spy one!!


Historic Royal Palaces
113.7 MB
Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2015 Historic Royal Palaces


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