Hampton Court gardens
The historical gardens of Hampton Court
The estate, landscape and gardens are a unique, historical and horticultural resource of international value. The park covers 750 acres (304 hectares), the formal gardens 60 acres (26 hectares) and the palace buildings 6 acres (2.5 hectares), all set within a loop of the River Thames.
Highlights of Hampton Court Palace gardens
Great Vine - planted in 1768 by the celebrated gardener ‘Capability’ Brown, the magnificent Great Vine still produces a yearly crop of black, sweet grapes that are sold in the palace shops in early September
The Privy Garden - be inspired by the re-creation of William III’s Privy Garden, based on a design of 1702, the stunning symmetrical pattern incorporates the original varieties of plants and marble sculptures
Tiltyard walls - a wide range of wall shrubs grow upon these walls as the different aspects of sun and shade are used to good effect, with some unusual tender plants growing on the south facing ones
20th Century Garden - contemporary style planting with trees and shrubs in an informal setting that creates a place of peace and tranquillity away from the busier areas of the Hampton Court gardens
Home Park - 750 acres of deer park with ponds and other waterways, attracting a wide range of birds and the long avenues give views across the park to and away from the palace
Hampton Court Palace Maze - begun in 1690 as a form of courtly entertainment for William III, today the Maze covers one third of an acre and consists of half a mile of winding paths surrounded by towering 7ft-high (2 metres) yew tree walls. On average it takes 20 minutes to reach the centre.
Other things to visit in the gardens
The Rose Garden
The Hampton Court Gardens Exhibition
The Great Fountain Garden
Home Park and its royal herd of fallow deer
The Lower Orangery Exotics Garden
The Pond Gardens
The Wilderness in springtime
Visiting Hampton Court Palace gardens
Both the Formal Gardens and entry to the Maze are included in palace admission tickets. For non palace ticket holders, a separate admission charge applies to the Formal Gardens during official summer time. Maze-only admission tickets are available all year around. Members get in free.
For more about the gardens view our Hampton Court Palace gardens' slideshow or read our Hampton Court Palace Gardens FAQs.
Monthly garden highlights
January and February - Crocus and Snowdrops can be seen, especially in the Wilderness and 20th Century Garden
March -The massed naturalized planting of Daffodils in the Wilderness is beginning to come into flower
April - The spring display in the Privy Garden is reaching its best throughout this month
May - The Wilderness is now carpeted with many wildflowers and patches of Bluebells
June - 17th century exotics are outside along the Privy Garden terrace and the Rose Garden is looking good
July and August - Flowerbeds and borders of all the garden areas are now full of brightly coloured bedding plants
September - The harvest of grapes from the Great Vine takes place during the first two weeks or so of this month
October and November - Autumn colours add to the gardens, especially in the Tiltyard, Wilderness and 20th Century Garden
December - Striking outlines and tracery of the Lime trees stretch across Home Park
Horse-drawn Tram Rides
Meet Henry's Great Horses. Henry VIII wanted the biggest war horse in the world, which resulted in the Shire horse as we know them today. Come and meet these gentle giants in the East Front Gardens, and enjoy a tram ride through 500 years of history.
From Easter to June and October, weekends and school holidays.
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