Practical information for your visit
Updated 2 July. Following government guidance, some of the outdoor spaces at Hampton Court Palace are now open Wednesday-Sunday. Palace interiors will re-open 17 July. The Magic Garden and Maze remain closed. Please read our visit information
We have two trails for you to enjoy when exploring the gardens.
Trails can be collected from the East Gate.
Guided tours are not available at this time.
If you are visiting with very young children, you may take pushchairs and buggies around the gardens. There is a Buggy Park off Clock Court if you do not wish to take the buggy around with you.
Baby changing facilities are available in the following toilets:
Toilets are available in the following locations:
All toilets have disabled access.
Due to the one-way system in place, once out in the gardens, the only facilities available will be in the Wilderness.
Dogs are not permitted within the palace courtyards or gardens unless they are registered assistance dogs. Even small dogs are not to be taken inside the palace.
Dogs kept on a short lead are able to be walked on the West Front only.
We welcome all registered assistance dogs, even those in training. Please bring the dog’s 'Assistance Dog’s (UK)’ identification book (or the appropriate international equivalent) with you.
Unfortunately, due to conservation concern and the nature of items on display, we do not allow emotional support animals to enter the palace at this time.
Visitors are welcome to take non-commercial photographs and films within most areas of Hampton Court Palace.
For religious and copyright reasons, photography is not permitted in the following areas:
The photography of certain, individual items may not be allowed due to loan arrangements. Please ask a member of staff if you’re unsure.
Wedding photography is exclusive to couples hiring Hampton Court Palace for their wedding day. To find out more about hiring Hampton Court Palace and its surrounding gardens for your event, visit our Hire a Venue page.
Requests for commercial photography, filming and sketching should be made in advance by contacting our Press Team.
Equipment such as tripods and selfie sticks may not be used inside the palace unless arrangements have been made in advance with our conservation team.
Historic Royal Palaces is a safeguarding aware organisation and takes its responsibility to protect children and vulnerable people seriously . We may sometimes ask therefore that visitors refrain from filming or photographing other visitors.Read our Safeguarding Policies and Procedures
Lockers are available for carry-on luggage sized cases in the Clock Court buggy park. A £1 coin deposit is required.Visit London's left luggage guide
Free Wi-Fi is available inside the palace.
Simply follow the on-screen prompts on your mobile device to get connected.
Please alert a uniformed member of staff if someone within your party requires First Aid during the visit.
In the interest of security, visitors are granted admission to the palace on the condition they may be searched before entering the premises. The following items are strictly banned:
As well as visiting the palace and grounds, there are other activities and organisations based at Hampton Court.
Fishing is permitted in the waters of Hampton Court and Bushy Park but not the River Thames. To fish in the waters of Hampton Court, Home Park and Bushy Park you must have a valid Fishing permit and are subject to the permits Terms and Conditions.
Due to palace closure and safety measures in place due to COVID-19, the fishing permit season has been delayed. Once the seasons start date has been confirmed, application forms will be available here.
Please read the conditions of use, and follow the instructions on the form to apply for your event.
Hampton Court Palace Golf Club is set in the grounds of Hampton Court Palace near Kingston-upon-Thames in Surrey. It has the enviable accolade of being the only course in the country set within the grounds of a Royal Park.Hampton Court Palace Golf Club
Tennis has been played on this site since 1528 when Henry VIII commissioned the first Real Tennis court. Today the tennis club at Hampton Court Palace is a private members' club. An introductory lesson for non-members is available from the Club Professionals.The Royal Tennis Court
Historic Royal Palaces no longer collects mooring fees paid in cash from boat owners. Payment will also be no longer available at the Hampton Court Palace ticket office.
Management of the mooring will fall under the control of District Enforcement Ltd. This company is responsible for the collection of mooring fees by telephone or online payments only. Boat owners must first register their arrival at www.where2moor.co.uk
The mooring fee is: first 24-hour period - free of charge, £8.00 per 24 hour period thereafter.