On 27 June the Magic Garden will close at 17.00. Last entry will be at 16.00.


  • Start date: 01 April 2017
  • End date: 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.


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. Picknicking
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 palace stories.

Open daily

There's so much fun to be had; from playing in and exploring the surrounding gardens, woodland, and waterways to discovering the secrets and stories of the 18th century Castle.

Open daily

Hillsborough Castle

Planted with flowers and foliage inspired by memories of the Princess’s life, image and style.

01 January - 31 December 2017

Kensington Palace

Open daily

The perfect dress up, your little princess can glide around like a Georgian Princess with this pretty princess fancy dress.

Princess Charlotte Georgian dress up costume

The perfect dress up, your little princess can glide around like a Georgian Princess with this pretty princess fancy dress.


This set of wooden stacking dolls includes Henry VIII and his six wives who lived at Hampton Court Palace.

Henry VIII and his wives stacking doll

This set of wooden stacking dolls includes Henry VIII and his six wives who lived at Hampton Court Palace.


Raven soft toy

Raven soft toy

Winston is the oldest and wisest of the Raven family. A slightly pompous professor, he takes his work very seriously, educating children about the Tower of London and trying to keep the rest of the ravens in line! Dressed in his Yeoman Warder costume, this cuddly Winston the Raven can leave the Tower of London!