20th Century Garden

Escape to Hampton Court's historic arboretum

Escape to Hampton Court's historic arboretum

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

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The 20th Century Garden is a hidden gem within the expanse of the gardens at Hampton Court Palace.

It is a peaceful setting tucked away in the corner of the palace gardens. Autumn is a perfect time to visit, when the trees begin their transformation for winter with an array of colour.

Unusual or historic varieties in the 20th Century Garden include Eucalyptus, Paperbark Birch and Paperbark Cherry. Paperbark Birches have fantastic ornamental bark and the Paperbark Cherry has incredible shiny orange/red bark which can be polished to a burnished bronze colour.

How the garden evolved

Historically, this area would have been considered part of Home Park, until 1890 when the Superintendent of Hampton Court Pleasure Gardens was handed responsibility of the park and it became an empty garden enclosure.

In the latter part of the 20th century, the garden was turned into an arboretum, a term generally used to describe a botanical tree collection. The area saw the arrival of many plants, including ornamental conifers, and several scare and unusual plants, such as a collection of rare hollies or ilex species.

Events

The stunning gardens of Hampton Court Palace will be the setting for a unique cinematic experience this summer.

30 July - 2 August 2020

Hampton Court Palace

Separate ticket (advance booking required)

Luna Cinema event at Kensington Palace, with crowds of people watching Rocketman on a summer's evening outdoors.
Events

Join us in the ultimate setting for a night of cinema under the stars, in the gardens of Kensington Palace.

Postponed

Kensington Palace

Separate ticket (advance booking required)

A family of two women, a boy and a girl relax and admire the colourful planting in the Rose Garden at Hampton Court Palace. The Tudor palace can be seen in the background
Things to see

Discover an abundance of colour in the grounds of the historic Tudor buildings at Hampton Court Palace.

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Hampton Court Palace

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Lifestyle imagery of picnic ware

Shop Picnicware

Enjoy fine dining outdoors with our magnificent picnic hampers. Discover our luxury hampers and exquisite picnic blankets.

From £19.99

White background. Main image is of a bronze finished garden ornament of a miniature dachshund which is sold in the shops and online.

Dachshund bronze finish garden ornament

This playful bronze effect dachshund will charm any new owner. This fun decorative garden ornament features a miniature dachshund dog standing on its hind legs and is inspired by the history of royal dogs.

£19.99

Luxury peacock hanging decoration with exquisite embroidered design

Luxury peacock hanging decoration

Bring a sparkling touch to your Christmas tree with our glittering luxury hanging decoration in the shape of a peacock.

£12.99