The Magic Garden

Let their curiosity and imagination run wild in this magical children's playground

Let their curiosity and imagination run wild in this magical children's playground

When

  • Open daily

Ticketing information

Entry to the Magic Garden is included in your admission ticket for Hampton Court Palace (members go free). 

Magic Garden and Maze only tickets are only available for purchase on-site on the day of your visit.

Prices for the Magic Garden and Maze only are:

Adult: £8.00
Child: £6.00
Concession: £7.10
Family*: £23.40
Under 3s: free
Members: free

*Family ticket: 2 adults & up to 3 children

Please note, The Magic Garden will be closed for essential maintenance on 13 May and 15 July 2019.

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Let the adventure begin

Come face to face with mysterious mythical beasts, storm the battlements, besiege the towers and explore the secret grotto in this magical children's playground. 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 on-hand to advise visitors.

To ensure that everyone has a safe and comfortable experience we may have to suspend entry at times. 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.

Rise and Roar: quiet sessions in The Magic Garden

14 April, 16 June, 18 August and 20 October 2019

Join us for a quiet session in The Magic Garden, aimed at those living with or caring for someone with Autism, or those who have any other sensory needs, and their families and carers.

Find out more about Rise and Roar
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

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.

Find out more about Membership

Planned closures

The Magic Garden will be closed for essential maintenance on 13 May and 15 July 2019.

The garden will open at 10:45 on the following dates:

  • 14 April 2019
  • 16 June 2019
  • 18 August 2019
  • 20 October 2019

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 must also be supervised by a responsible parent or carer at all times. The dragon does not 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 or vape in the Magic 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 or deck chairs being used in the Magic Garden, 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.

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.

Children play in the Magic Garden at Hampton Court Palace
Events Families

A quiet session aimed at children and young people with Autism, and their families and carers.

16 June, 18 August and 20 October 2019

Hampton Court Palace

09:00-10:30

Separate ticket (advanced booking required)

Children taking part in a storytelling session inside the historic spaces.
Families

Join in our lively, interactive storytelling sessions for families at Hampton Court Palace.

17 April and 05 May 2019

Hampton Court Palace

11:30, 12:45 and 14:00. Duration 20 minutes

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

09:30-18:00 (last admission is 17:00)

Included in all admission tickets (members go free)

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

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

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