Update 3 December: In line with government guidance, Hampton Court Palace will reopen on 5 December. Please read how we are keeping you safe on your visit
Enjoy fresh air, picturesque waterways and plenty of shade in 60 acres of historic gardens
Watch the world go by with a picnic or ice cream in the stunning Orchard
Relax under the trees near the fountain.
Relax with a picnic and a book on one of the shaded spots in the Great Fountain Garden – the perfect spot to catch a cool breeze flowing through from the Long Water in Home Park, with spectacular views of the baroque palace.
Then wander among the shady paths, fountains, picturesque waterways and bright summer planting on the palace’s East Front.
Pause for a moment or longer under the apple trees in the Orchard, with views of both the Little Banqueting House and the baroque palace.
Here you can bring a picnic to enjoy among the grass or relax on a bench, surrounded by the beautiful dappled light shining through the trees.
Walk under the shady Queen Mary’s Bower in the Privy Garden, pausing to admire the view over the formal garden – this structure was created to ensure that the royal family and courtiers could enjoy the vista over the garden in the shade.