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