When

  • Open daily until 29 October 2017
Summer only

Ticketing info

Entry is included in palace admission. For Magic Garden and Maze only entry you can purchase tickets at the kiosk on the day.

Adult (16+) £7.70
Child (3-15 years) £5.50
Senior £6.60
Family (up to 2 adults and 3 children) £22.00

Included in palace admission

Let the adventure begin

Come face to face with mysterious mythical beasts, storm the battlements, besiege the towers and explore the secret grotto. The Magic Garden at Hampton Court provides a new and unique way for your family to explore the palace’s past.

Each area represents myths, legends, stories and even real objects that can be found at Hampton Court. Once you have ticked everything off in the garden, it's the perfect opportunity to discover those real objects in and around the palace.

Peak times in the Magic Garden

During busy periods, your time in the Magic Garden may be limited to a maximum of 90 minutes. Coloured wristbands are distributed and staff will be around to advise visitors. To ensure that everyone has a safe and comfortable experience we may have to suspend entry at times. Don't forget that you will be able to revisit the garden later in the day if capacity allows. Please refer to the full FAQs in order to plan and get the most from your visit.

Our members get more

Members of Historic Royal Palaces can visit the Magic Garden as much as they wish, but in busy periods you may have to queue at times and are subject to the same time limitations as our other visitors.

Family membership is fantastic value for money and there has never been a better time to join. The membership card covers entry into the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle.

More about membership
Children playing on the grass mound in the Magic Garden
Boy playing on the large dragon sculpture in the Magic Garden
Four children on top of the dragon sculpture in the Magic Garden

Magic Garden map

Learn more about the myths and legends behind each feature.

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A thank you to our sponsors

The Magic Garden was made possible through the generosity of The Gosling Foundation and The Cadogan Charity.

With additional support from The Mercer Family Foundation, The Margaret Giffen Charitable Trust, and The Members and American Friends of Historic Royal Palaces.

The Dragon's Rules

The Magic Garden is protected by our enormous fire-breathing dragon. He has certain rules you must obey, or you may spark his fiery temper!

1. Supervision
Though children are safe with our dragon, they should be supervised by a responsible parent or carer at all times. The dragon doesn't allow unsupervised visitors under 16 in his garden.

2. Children's clothing
The Magic Garden play area includes sand, water, AstroTurf and a range of play equipment, some of which may graze sensitive skin. Please make sure your children are appropriately dressed for these conditions. We also ask adults to refrain from wearing swimwear.

3. Smoking and alcohol
No-one is allowed to smoke in the Garden- not even dragons. Alcohol is forbidden too: it could set the dragon's breath alight.

4. Picnicking
The Dragon will eat any picnic blankets as we don't want them to get in the way of children playing. We can guide you to some other lovely picnic spots around the palace grounds and you can always come back to play later.

Explore what's on across the palaces

Shh! You are invited on a special mission...download the app and explore the stories at Hampton Court Palace.

Open daily

Lose yourself in the Hampton Court Maze - the most famous maze in the world. Commissioned around 1700 by William III, it is still baffling visitors today.

Open daily

Hampton Court Palace

Built between 1526 and 1529, the royal tennis courts at Hampton Court Palace were used regularly by Henry VIII and you can view them as part of your visit.

Open daily

Hampton Court Palace
King Henry VIII deluxe dress up costume

King Henry VIII deluxe dress up costume

Children’s King Henry VIII dress up costume featuring luxurious Tudor robes made from satin and velour, trimmed with faux fur.

£29.99

Cut out and make the oldest zoo in London. From lions to polar bears, meet the royal beasts of the Tower of London.

Royal Beasts cut out book

Cut out and make the oldest zoo in London. From lions to polar bears, meet the royal beasts of the Tower of London.

£4.99

A fun-packed pop-up book, filled with flaps and fascinating facts about the most famous British kings and queens.

Pop-up Kings and Queens book

A fun-packed pop-up book, filled with flaps and fascinating facts about the most famous British kings and queens.

£6.99