Privy Garden

The Privy Garden at Hampton Court restored to 1702 glory

The Privy Garden at Hampton Court restored to 1702 glory


  • Open daily

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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‘The Privy Garden represents a formal style of gardening which fell out of fashion soon after this garden was originally made.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

Explore what's on

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

21 (12pm tour sold out) and 27 July 2018

Banqueting House

Events Member only

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

Renowned across the world, Hampton Court Palace Gardens are beautifully constructed and maintained, making them an unmissable attraction.

Open daily

Hampton Court Palace

Highlights Things to see
Illustration of Lindt Gold Bunny outside Hampton Court Palace

Take the family back in time and join the Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt around the home and gardens of Henry VIII.

26 March - 15 April 2018

Hampton Court Palace


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Delightful wooden plant sticks with decorative Pugin design, featuring traditional herbs: rosemary, thyme, dill, basil, parsley and sage.

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Inspired by the delft ceramic collection of Queen Mary, this fine bone china tea for one set is perfect for afternoon tea.

Queen Mary delft bone china tea for one

The design of this tea for one set is inspired by the ceramic collection of Queen Mary II, a keen collector of Chinese porcelain and Delftware.