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.
Blind person using the audio tour sat in the Processional Route.
Tours and talks

Hold the stories of Hampton Court Palace in your hands and experience history where it happened with an audio guide tour.

Daily

Hampton Court Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

The South Terrace, looking south-east across the terrace flagstones towards the small topiary trees and summer shrubs. The Greek Temple is just seen through the castle portico in the background on the left of the image.
Things to see

Discover the ornamental lawns, meandering waterways, peaceful woodlands and picturesque glens that surround Hillsborough Castle.

Open daily

Hillsborough Castle

09:30-16:00 (last admission is 15:00)

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Throne Room with silk green damask walls, wooden floor and large rug. Two red and gold Chairs of State, or 'thrones' are situated at the far end of the room. Gold-framed paintings of landscapes adorn the walls and three large chandeliers hang above.
Things to see Tours and talks

Discover elegant State Rooms still used by the royal family on a guided tour of Hillsborough Castle.

Daily

Hillsborough Castle

First tour: 10:00, final tour: 15:00

Included in palace admission (members go free)

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

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