Shady spots

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Escape the heat this summer with a refreshing day out among the shaded gardens of Hampton Court Palace.

Explore our historic palace and gardens with your admission ticket, or become a member to enjoy unlimited adventures for a whole year.

Top shady spots at Hampton Court Palace

The Great Fountain Garden

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.

 

Family enjoy Hampton Court Palace on a sunny day
Family of two women, a boy and a girl relax on a picnic blanket in the Orchard at Hampton Court Palace on a sunny day

The Orchard

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.

Queen Mary’s Bower

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.

A family of two women, a boy and a girl walk through the Wilderness at Hampton Court Palace on a sunny day. The children hold ice creams.

The Wilderness

Stop for an ice cream at our ice cream stand by the Tiltyard café, then wander through the wild meadow in the Wilderness, shaded by the trees alongside the paths.

 

A family of two women, a boy and a girl smile and talk in the Tudor Base Court of Hampton Court Palace

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Trees with autumn golden yellow leaves in the sunshine
Things to see

Wander through this treasure of the Hampton Court Gardens, which was once Charles II's formal pleasure garden and is now a wild meadow.

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A family of two women, a boy and a girl relax and admire the colourful planting in the Rose Garden at Hampton Court Palace. The Tudor palace can be seen in the background
Things to see

Discover an abundance of colour in the grounds of the historic Tudor buildings at Hampton Court Palace.

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The Pond Gardens, looking north. Summer bedding is displayed in the flower beds.
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Discover the sunken gardens created for Henry VIII and transformed by Mary II.

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