hampton court shire horses

Did you know Shire horses are rarer than the Giant Panda? Or that our horses are part of the last working herd of Shire horses in London?

The Shire breed was founded by Henry VIII, who wanted to breed the biggest war horses possible, able to carry a knight’s heavy armour into battle - our Hampton Court shires are a fitting tribute to his plans.

Win a unique and exclusive behind-the-scenes visit to the Hampton Court Shires stables

Help prepare the magnificent Shires for their work, and ensure their grooming is up to standard to work in front of a Royal Palace.

Try your hand at harnessing, and polish the brasses until they gleam.

Come onto the box seat, and drive a lap of honour on the tram before the gardens are open to the public… while you breakfast on the hoof!

Enter the competition