The Magic Garden is now closed for winter and will re-open in Spring 2018.

Privy Garden

The Privy Garden at Hampton Court restored to 1702 glory

The Privy Garden at Hampton Court restored to 1702 glory

When

  • Open daily

Ticketing info

Included in palace admission

Using incredibly detailed accounts, the garden has been restored to how it would have looked for William III in 1702. It also contains the Tijou screen, 12 elaborate panels whose central motifs symbolise parts of the United Kingdom in wrought iron.

The scandal behind the accounts

The Privy Garden at Hampton Court is one of the most accurately reconstructed gardens because so much was recorded about the original 1702 garden. Unfortunately, William III died before it was completely finished which meant all the gardeners and workmen were frightened of not being paid. This is why they submitted the fullest possible accounts of their work.

Many of the gardeners (including Tijou, who made the ironwork, and the statue supplier) were never paid in full by Queen Anne, despite their efforts.

The workmen’s accounts were further corroborated by archaeological evidence and historic garden plans.

A formal style of gardening

‘The Privy Garden represents a formal style of gardening which fell out of fashion soon after this garden was originally made. Its geometry is not to everyone’s taste but many find it extremely pleasing to the eye.’ - Susanne Groom, Curator of Gardens Exhibition.

'This garden from Henry VIII’s day was always the King’s private garden, and very few people would ever have gained admittance to it up until the 18th century. Even then, it remained a private garden for the grace and favour residents of the palace right up until the early 20th century.'

Susanne Groom, Curator of Gardens Exhibition

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