Hampton Court Gardens

Explore 60 acres of formal gardens and 750 acres of historic parkland

Explore 60 acres of formal gardens and 750 acres of historic parkland

Updated 25 March. In line with Public Health England guidance, we have taken the decision to close all six of our palaces and gardens until 31st May. We will be reviewing this and will keep you updated. Please read our statement for further information. Read our statement

When

Open daily


Ticketing information

Our gardens are temporarily closed until further notice

The  Magic Garden and Maze are closed until further notice.

Please check opening times and upcoming closures before your visit.

 


Included in all admission tickets (members go free)

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.

Look out for our garden history tours, which cover over 500 years of history.

Garden highlights

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.

The Great Vine grapes are harvested at the end of the summer, followed by autumn colours in the Tiltyard, Wilderness and 20th Century Garden as deers rut in Home Park.

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.

More about our garden highlights

Hampton Court Gardens: spring

Find out more about our gardens in spring in this short film.

Our work in the gardens happens all year round. 

Our growing year

Greg Leeson, Historic Royal Palace’s horticultural manager, shares some of his favourite tulip varieties on show in the gardens at this time of year.

Plant of the moment - Tulips

Gardening top tips

Need help with your garden? Our gardeners from Hampton Court Palace have answered questions submitted in a recent Q&A garden session, with top tips and advice for your garden or balcony.

Gardening top tips
The East Front, showing a close up of a pale pink Cosmos flower. Two more pale pink Cosmos flowers partially seen in the background.

More information

National Plant Collections

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

Garden FAQs

Frequently asked questions about the beautiful gardens at Hampton Court Palace.

Read our FAQs

Hampton Court Gardens: a year in the life

Two visitors walking hand in hand through the Wilderness at Hampton Court Palace.
Things to see

Wander through this treasure of the Hampton Court Gardens, which was once Charles II's formal pleasure garden and is now a wild meadow.

Open daily

Hampton Court Palace

Free

The Privy Garden at Hampton Court Palace, showing bright planting and baroque architecture under a clear blue sky
Things to see

Explore the Privy Garden, now restored to its former glory and complete with its intricate Tijou Screen.

Open daily

Hampton Court Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

The Pond Gardens, looking north. Summer bedding is displayed in the flower beds.
Things to see

Discover the sunken gardens created for Henry VIII and transformed by Mary II.

Daily

Hampton Court Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

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

Close up of a Henry VIII hanging decoration in the Henry Shop

Shop Hampton Court Palace Gifts

Our gifts and souvenirs are are inspired by over 500 years of history from Hampton Court Palace.

From £4.99

Palace China Collection, serviettes and cake stand.  Design inspired by the palaces in our care; delicate details taken from the rose gardens at Hampton Court Palace, the famous gates at Kensington Palace and the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London.   'Tea Fit for a Queen' book - reciipes and drinks for afternoon tea.  Lifestyle

Shop HRP Books & Publications

Discover books inspired by the palaces in our care, learn about fascinating periods of British history, including our official palace guide books, children's books and more.

From £10.99