Plants and princes

Updated 2 July. Following government guidance, some of the outdoor spaces at Hampton Court Palace are now open Wednesday-Sunday. Palace interiors will reopen 17 July. The Magic Garden and Maze remain closed. Please read our visit information

About this session

Key Stage 2 | Subject: History, Science, Art & Design | Topics: Tudors, Stuarts, Georgians | Session Type: Route-based

Take a tour through history from the formal Tudor and Stuart gardens to the landscaped gardens and wildernesses of the Georgians where kings and queens once walked.

Children will learn how the gardens changed according to the fashions of the day, the different ways in which the plants were used, where they came from and how the gardeners looked after them.

Please note that this is an outdoor session so children will need to bring appropriate outdoor wear. The session will still take place outdoors unless weather conditions are extreme, in which case it will take place inside the palace.

Learning objectives

Children will:

  • Learn that the gardens at Hampton Court Palace have changed over time.
  • Understand that gardens have a variety of different functions, and that their design reflects those functions.
  • Understand that plants have certain key requirements if they are to grow successfully.

National Curriculum links

This session supports:


  • Extending chronological knowledge beyond 1066.

Art and Design

  • Finding out about great architects and designers in history.


  • Plants – Identifying parts and functions. Requirements for life and growth. The idea that plants can make their own food.


Booking information

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
10.30, 11.45, 13.15
60 minutes
Up to 35 pupils
£95 plus admission

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Session notes for teachers

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