Privy Garden

Restored to its 1702 glory

Restored to its 1702 glory

When

  • Open daily

Ticketing information

Included in palace admission (members go free)

A privy, or private, garden has existed on the south side of Hampton Court Palace since the reign of Henry VIII.

The Privy Garden today is a restoration of William III's baroque Privy Garden of 1702. Our gardeners have restored the grounds using the original plant varieties and the hornbeam bower and statues were all part of the King's original design.

The wrought iron screens, designed and built by Jean Tijou for William III, stand at the river end.

Restored using original accounts

The Privy Garden at Hampton Court is one of the most accurately reconstructed gardens because so much was recorded about the original in 1702.

William III died before the garden was completely finished, which meant all the gardeners and workmen were frightened of not being paid. They therefore submitted the fullest possible accounts of their work.

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

The Privy Garden as seen from the roof of Hampton Court Palace
The Privy Garden, looking north. Showing members of the Garden and Estates team gardening. A male gardener is bending and using garden shears in the foreground.
Still from the feature film The Favourite
Highlights Things to see

See costumes from The Favourite, the critically-acclaimed film starring Olivia Colman as Queen Anne on display at Kensington Palace.

Until 08 March 2019 (closed 08-14 February)

Kensington Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Still from The Favourite showing Emma Stone as Abigail Masham in white Tudor kitchens, wearing a denim maid's outfit. Staff cook on the historic cooking equipment in the background
Highlights Things to see

See costumes created for Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz and other cast members of The Favourite on display in the Cartoon Gallery.

Daily until 10 March 2018

Hampton Court Palace

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The ceiling of the Great Watching Chamber showing gold decoration and Tudor symbols.
Things to see

Discover Henry VIII’s State Apartments and the battle for power at the Tudor court in the Great Watching Chamber.

Closed until 22 March 2019

Hampton Court Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

White background. Main image is of a bronze finished garden ornament of a miniature dachshund which is sold in the shops and online.

Dachshund bronze finish garden ornament

This playful bronze effect dachshund will charm any new owner. This fun decorative garden ornament features a miniature dachshund dog standing on its hind legs and is inspired by the history of royal dogs.

£19.99

Luxury peacock hanging decoration with exquisite embroidered design

Luxury peacock hanging decoration

Bring a sparkling touch to your Christmas tree with our glittering luxury hanging decoration in the shape of a peacock.

£12.99

Charcoal stag luxury linen mix cushion.  The hand drawn image of the stag is printed onto high quality Scottish linen

Charcoal stag luxury linen mix cushion

Add a touch of nature to your home with this delightful cushion featuring a stag. The eyes of the stag in particular give the whole image an overall softness.

£55.00