Opening and closing times

Opening times

Hampton Court Palace is open daily except 24-26 December.


Winter (29 October - 24 March)

Monday-Sunday: 10.00-16.30

Last admission: 15.30
Last entry to Maze: 15.45


Summer (25 March - 27 October)

Monday-Sunday: 10.00-18.00

Last admission: 17.00
Last admission to Magic Garden and Maze: 17.15

Closures and notices

Mantegna Gallery

The Mantegna Gallery is closed until 1 June 2018 for maintenance while the paintings are away for a Royal Academy exhibition where they will be on show from January to April 2018.

Charles I: King and Collector exhibition

The Magic Garden

  • The Magic Garden is now closed for the winter months. It will re-open in Spring 2018.
The Magic Garden

The Chapel Royal

The Chapel Royal is a working chapel which always closes for religious services on Sundays and other holy days (i.e. Good Friday).

The Chapel Royal

Royal Tennis Court

The viewing gallery is closed for winter. Spectators will be able to see the Royal Tennis Courts again in Summer 2018. 

Disruptions

Henry VIII's Tudor Kitchens

Electrical upgrades, re-decoration and re-presentation works.

Henry VIII’s Tudor Kitchens and surrounding cloisters are now subject to major work as we lay down new electrical cables to power our palace in the years to come. Archaeologists are also using this opportunity to help us better understand the history of the Tudor Kitchens and passageways.

The existing electrical system is almost 70 years old, and the work will allow the palace to continue operating into the future - as well as giving a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to study buried archaeology in this part of the palace.

Unfortunately, this work will impact on what visitors to Hampton Court Palace can see in and around the Tudor Kitchen area. There will be no fire in the Tudor Kitchens for the duration of the works.

  • The scheduled closures and openings are as follows:

  • Ongoing until 23 March 2018 the North Cloisters and the Tudor Kitchen Servery area will be closed to all visitors.
  • Ongoing until 7 January 2018 the Tudor Kitchen will remain open (with amended exit).
  • 8 January 2018 to 26 January 2018 the Butchery area of the Tudor Kitchen will close for redecoration. Other areas of the Tudor Kitchen will remain open.
  • 27 January 2018 to 28 March 2018 the Tudor Kitchen will be open (with amended exit).
  • 29 March 2018 to 2 April 2018 (Easter Weekend) the Tudor Kitchen will be open. The North Cloisters and the Tudor Kitchen Servery area will be re-opened.
  • 3 April 2018 to 4 May 2018, all of the Tudor Kitchen will be closed.

The Tudor Kitchens will fully re-open for the 2018 May Bank Holiday weekend, re-presented and with new interpretation.

The Tudor Kitchens

Free entry to the Formal Gardens

We offer free daily access to the palace’s East Front Gardens between the hours of 9am and 10am.

Free admission will also be granted to the Palace’s formal gardens on the following days during the palace’s summer season:

  • National Garden Open Day: We open the East and South Front Gardens on 1 August each year in conjunction with the National Gardens Scheme.
  • Hampton Court Palace Flower Show: We open the East and South Front Gardens for the duration of the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show: 2018 dates are 03-08 July.
  • Open House Weekend: We open the East and South Front Gardens for the duration of Open House Weekend. 2018 dates are 22-23 September.
The Formal Gardens
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Explore what's on

Visitors walking through the Privy Garden

Take a look to see which guided tour you would most enjoy at Hampton Court Palace.

Selected dates

Tours and talks

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.

Summer only

Things to see

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

Highlights Things to see Families