Opening and closing times

Find out when you can visit

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

Summer (26 March - 28 October)

Monday-Sunday: 10.00-18.00

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

Winter (29 October - 25 March)

Monday-Sunday: 10.00-16.30

Last admission: 15.30
Last entry to Maze: 15.45

Closures and notices

Magic Garden

  • The Magic Garden will be closed for the winter months. The final day to visit this summer season is 29 October 2017. 
  • Please note, the fountains are currently undergoing essential maintenance and may not be running during your visit.
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

Mantegna Gallery

The Mantegna Gallery will be closed 30 October 2017 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.

The Mantegna Gallery

East Front formal gardens

Between 05-12 December 2017 there will be no free access between the hours of 09:00 - 10:00. This is due to festive events taking place on site. 


Henry VIII's Tudor Kitchens

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

From now until Friday 4 May 2018, Henry VIII’s Tudor Kitchens and surrounding cloisters will be 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:

  • 2 October 2017 to 23 March 2018 the North Cloisters and the Tudor Kitchen Servery area will be closed to all visitors.
  • 2 October 2017 to 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 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 (excluding 05-12 December 2017).

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 to be announced.
  • Open House Weekend: We open the East and South Front Gardens for the duration of Open House Weekend. 2018 dates to be confirmed.
The Formal Gardens

Explore what's on

Come face to face with mysterious mythical beasts, storm the battlements and discover the secret grotto in the Magic Garden at Hampton Court Palace.

Open daily until 29 October 2017

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

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