Explore 60 acres of formal gardens and 750 acres of historic parkland
Hampton Court Palace’s world-famous gardens include 60 acres of spectacular formal gardens and 750 acres (304 hectares) of parkland, all set within a loop of the River Thames.
Our gardens are home to the world's oldest puzzle maze, a record-breaking grape vine, three National Plant Collections and a huge variety of wildlife, including the descendants of Henry VIII’s deer herd.
Summer sees the spectacular herbaceous border in the East Front Gardens at its best, while Queen Mary II's Exoticks come out in the Lower Orangery Garden.
In the winter, striking outlines of trees stretch across Home Park and, if we're lucky, snow highlights the topiary of the Privy Garden.
The gardens come to life in spring with over one million flowering bulbs in the Wilderness and a riot of colour in the formal gardens.
Greg Leeson takes a look at some of the dahlia varieties we’ve had on display in our gardens. Dahlias are the perfect late summer flower – colourful, flamboyant and bold. If you are lucky enough to have these in your garden, it is a fiesta of colour, shapes and sizes; from deep, rich purples to tall, creamy whites and acid orange mini pom-poms.
Hampton Court Palace is the holder of three important National Plant Collections – Heliotropium, Lantana and Queen Mary II's Exoticks which is designated a Heritage Collection.More about our national plant collections
Frequently asked questions about the beautiful gardens at Hampton Court Palace.Read our FAQs
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