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
Relax in cool corridors of power in Chapel Court, our Tudor cloisters and sheltered baroque architecture
Enjoy fresh air, picturesque waterways and plenty of shade in 60 acres of historic gardens
Watch the world go by with a picnic, ice cream or light lunch in the stunning Orchard
Relax with a picnic and a book on one of the shaded spots in the Great Fountain Garden – the perfect spot to catch a cool breeze flowing through from the Long Water in Home Park, with spectacular views of the baroque palace.
Then wander among the shady paths, fountains, picturesque waterways and bright summer planting on the palace’s East Front.
Pause for a moment or longer under the apple trees in the Orchard, with views of both the Little Banqueting House and the baroque palace.
Here you can bring a picnic to enjoy among the grass or relax on a bench, surrounded by the beautiful dappled light shining through the trees.
Walk under the shady Queen Mary’s Bower in the Privy Garden, pausing to admire the view over the formal garden – this structure was created to ensure that the royal family and courtiers could enjoy the vista over the garden in the shade.