Hampton Court gardens

Hampton Court gardens

Relax in over 60 acres of the beautiful Hampton Court Palace gardens that run down to the River Thames, featuring sparkling fountains, glorious displays of over 200,000 flowering bulbs and 750 acres of tranquil royal parkland.

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.

The gardens are managed by our team of gardeners. Follow the gardeners on their blog >

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
The Kitchen Garden

The Great Vine timelapse video

Watch our timelapse video to see how the Great Vine changes through the seasons.

Visiting Hampton Court Palace gardens

Both the Formal Gardens and entry to the Maze are included in palace admission tickets. Maze-only admission tickets are available all year around. Members get in free.

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
 - 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

Shire horses with tramMeet 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.

Daily July-September

From Easter to June and October, weekends and school holidays.

Downloadable Resources

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    Hampton Court Palace Garden highlights
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    Hampton Court Palace Gardens and Estate fact sheet
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    HCP Gardens map - March 2016.pdf
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    HCP Estate Map 2016.pdf
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