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 information

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‘The Privy Garden represents a formal style of gardening which fell out of fashion soon after this garden was originally made.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

Illustration of the entrance to Hampton Court Palace, two beasts on either side and 'Beast Quest' logo in the center.
Events Families

A dark wizard has brought the Beasts of the palace to life. To stop them, you’ll need brains, bravery and magic. Do you have what it takes?

20 October - 28 October 2018

Hampton Court Palace

11:00-16:00

Events

Dare to spend a night in the King's State Apartments at the Hampton Court Palace sleepover.

3-4 November 2018

Hampton Court Palace

Overnight (18:30 Saturday to 10:00 Sunday)

A gardener attends to the Great Vine under its green branches at Hampton Court Palace
Things to see

Listed in 2005 as the world's longest grape vine, the Great Vine at Hampton Court Palace is a fantastic spectacle.

Open daily

Hampton Court Palace

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

Designed exclusively for Historic Royal Palaces as part of the Enlightened Princesses exhibition at Kensington Palace. This luxury butterfly paper folding fan is based on an original fan in the Royal Ceremonial Dress collection at Historic Royal Palaces.

Luxury cream butterfly folding hand fan

This luxury butterfly paper folding fan is based on an original fan in the Royal Ceremonial Dress collection at Historic Royal Palaces dated c. 1870-1890.

£14.99

Luxury Rabbit Doorstop

Rabbit doorstop

The sitting rabbit doorstop is a handsome fellow made out of luxurious beige fabric with silk trim - he is definitely more than a doorstop as his appealing looks are sure to guarantee him the best room in the house!

£29.99