Opening times

Opening times

The East Front of Hampton Court Palace

We only close 24, 25 and 26 December.

We are open on 1 January.


Find out about any closures or notices that may affect your visit


Palace and Maze: 26 October 2014 - 28 March 2015 (winter)
Monday - Sunday 10.00 - 16.30 
Last ticket sold 15.30
Last entry to the Maze 15.45


Palace and Maze: 29 March - 24 October 2015 (summer)
Monday - Sunday 10.00 - 18.00  
Last ticket sold 17.00
Last entry to the Maze 17.15


Formal Gardens 
Summer** 10.00 - 18.00
All other times 10.00 - 17.30


Informal Gardens (Tiltyard, Wilderness and West Front) 
Summer** 07.00 - 20.00
All other times 07.00 - 18.00

Palace, Maze and Tiltyard Café close earlier.

** 'Summer' is usually April to September but for further information please call us shortly before your visit, on 0844 482 7777.

Home Park (including both Jubilee Gates)* 
May to July 07.00 - 21.00
April, August and September 07.00 - 21.00
March and October 07.00 - 18.45
All other times 07.00 - 17.30

*Please note that at certain times of the year, some of the gates into Home Park are locked earlier or opened later that at these times. This is especially true during the build of the annual RHS Flower Show. Notices with amended times are placed on the gates affected on the days affected.

Further information

  • Hampton Court Palace, the Maze and the Formal Gardens are closed 24, 25 and 26 December each year.
  • The Informal Gardens are closed 25 December each year.
  • Home Park is open all year round.
  • Mantegna's Triumphs of Caesar Gallery is open 10.30-12.30 and 13.30-16.00 daily.
  • The Chapel Royal, inside the palace, is open to visitors during normal palace opening hours when there are no services. So it will be closed for part of the day (usually the afternoon although not always) for weddings, funerals and special services at Easter and Christmas.
  • On Sundays the Chapel Royal is only open to palace visitors from 12.30 to 13.30. However, the Royal Pew - where Henry VIII's Crown of State is on display - is open 12.30 - 15.00 on Sundays. 

Please note that the Tennis Courts are closed from 7th April until 28th August for major works.

Health and safety advice

  • Our palaces are very old and have many uneven surfaces, for example cobbles, worn steps, uneven steps and slopes. Please choose footwear that is comfortable and appropriate for the conditions.
  • Some surfaces may be slippery, particularly if they are wet from rain.
  • Light levels can be low in some places, so please allow sufficient time for your eyes to adjust, particularly when using stairs.
  • In some of our gardens we have steep slopes and drops from height, so please be aware of these, especially if you have children with you.
  • Where water features are present, please ensure children are supervised at all times.
  • Look out for our safety signs and follow the advice given to avoid spoiling your day.

Downloadable Resources

Some files are provided in PDF format - you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view these files.

  1. Click here to download Acrobat Reader
  2. Alternatively, Adobe offers a service for converting PDFs into HTML or plain text. Access this service here

    Plan your day at Court - from 1 February 2015
    (Adobe PDF, 271KB)

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