When

  • 16 September to 17 September 2017
10:00-17:00

Free

Free

Open House London 2017

A range of guided tours will be available for Open House London weekend, showing how the formal gardens are an integral part of the palace architecture.

THE GREAT FOUNTAIN GARDEN
Guided tours at: 10:00 / 12:00 / 14:00 
Meet by the West Gate (Main Entrance)

THE PRIVY GARDEN
Guided tours at: 10:30 / 12:30 / 14:30
Meet at the entrance to the Privy Garden

THE POND GARDENS
Guided tours at: 11:00 / 13:00 / 15:00
Meet opposite Queen Mary’s Bower

THE LOWER ORANGERY
Guided tours at: 11:30 / 13:30 / 15:30
Meet on the southern side of the Privy Garden Terrace

Visitors may also wander at leisure and explore the gardens for themselves.

20th Century Garden Arboretum Trail

A self-guided tour – please collect a trail from the East Front gazebo on arrival.

This garden was a paddock and then the personal vegetable garden of the Superintendent of the Palace Gardens. In 1974 it became an area for Hampton Court Palace garden apprentices to learn and practice their skills, whilst attending college for one day each week. 

The Apprentice Foreman was a keen plantsman and very knowledgeable about trees so the apprentices were thoroughly grounded in the planting of rare and unusual species of trees and shrubs, which would have been out of place among the formal symmetries of the East and South Fronts.

Explore what's on

The staircase was painted by William Kent and completed in 1724. The walls depicts an elaborate arcaded gallery with figures behind a balustrade. Many are identifiable as members of King George I's court. The wrought iron balustrade is by Jean Tijou

Wander up the King's Staircase at Kensington Palace - the opulent entrance to the King's State Apartments, lavishly decorated by William Kent.

Open daily

Kensington Palace

Join Siobhan Clarke at the Banqueting Hall for an exclusive tour of this revolutionary building.

23 September, 27 October and 4 November 2017

Banqueting House

Starting promptly in the Undercroft at 10:30 and 12:00

Come face to face with mysterious mythical beasts, storm the battlements and discover the secret grotto in the Magic Garden at Hampton Court Palace.

Open daily until 29 October 2017

Hampton Court Palace

Summer only

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