Closures and notices

Closures and notices


We look forward to welcoming you to this beautiful Tudor and Baroque palace.

Due to essential maintenance and on-going conservation in and around the palace, we may have to close areas from time to time so please be advised of this information concerning your visit.

Thursday 3 December: there will be no lift access due to essential maintenance.


Please note that the Tennis Court in the gardens is only open to visitors during summer months. 

The Gardens Exhibition is being pruned and we are sowing new seeds… The Gardens Exhibition, off the Garden Shop and opened over 10 years ago, has come to the end of its natural life cycle so is now permanently closed. It will reopen again, for a forthcoming temporary exhibition to celebrate the Year of the English Garden in 2016, and the 300th anniversary of Capability Brown's birth, but not until April/May 2016.

BBC Good Food Festive Fayre: 4–6 December 2015. The Festive Fayre will be taking place in Base Court, Clock Court and the Tudor Kitchens. Stalls selling festive wares will be erected in the courtyards and visitors can enjoy a day of shopping, tasting and entertainment. Seasonal cookery demonstrations will be taking place in the Tudor Kitchens. 

This means that on Wednesday 2 December, Thursday 3 December, Monday 7 December and Tuesday 8 December Seymour Gate will become the primary visitor entrance whilst the build for the Festive Fayre commences or is removed. Both Base Court and Clock Court will be closed to visitors on these days.

The Baroque Story

Our new introduction to the Baroque part of the palace is located behind the colonnade in Clock Court. It tells the story of William III and Mary II and their building programme at Hampton Court Palace.

Chapel Royal and Henry VIII's Crown of State

Hampton Court Palace has its own 'crown jewels' now. Henry VIII's Crown of State is on display in the Royal Pew above the Chapel Royal.

It is on display 10.00 - 17.00 Monday to Saturday and between 12.30 - 15.00 on Sundays. When there are services in the Chapel Royal, the Royal Pew will be closed for the duration of the service. This could be for the whole afternoon if the service is a wedding.

Please note that if there is a queue to see it, visitors will be prevented from joining the end of the queue shortly before the scheduled closure times. This could be as much as half an hour beforehand. If you prefer to avoid the crowds and queuing, make the Royal Pew the first thing you see - don't save it until the end of your visit or you could miss out.

The crown is on permanent display so will still be here when you visit Hampton Court on another occasion. 

Please note that photography is not allowed in the Chapel Royal or the Royal Pew.



Changes to Gardens Charging in 2016

In 2016, Historic Royal Palaces will open the Magic Garden at Hampton Court Palace. Following the introduction of this exciting addition to the offer for visitors at Hampton Court, there will be some adjustments to ticketing for the palace gardens.

From Easter 2016: visitors will be able to purchase a Magic Garden/Maze only ticket, and a Palace/Gardens ticket, which will also include the Magic Garden and Maze. There will no longer be a separate gardens ticket.

From Winter 2016: visitors will be asked to show a valid ticket or membership card in order to access the Formal Gardens on the East and South Fronts, a policy which is already in operation for the summer months. Access to the gardens will be with a Palace/Garden ticket via the palace’s main West Front entrance.

Half of the formal gardens will remain free to access, including the Wilderness, the newly restored Kitchen Garden, and the Rose Garden. In addition to this, Home Park, which comprises of 750 acres of historic deer park, will continue to be free to enjoy. 

All-year-round pedestrian access to Home Park will continue to be maintained via Ditton Gate, Kingston Gate, Paddock Gate and Surbiton Passage Gate. For the first time, access to the park via Jubilee Gate will also be maintained all year round.

Downloadable Resources

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    FAQs about Gardens Charging
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