20th Century Garden

Escape to Hampton Court's historic arboretum

Escape to Hampton Court's historic arboretum

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Ticketing information


Included in palace admission (members go free)

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The 20th Century Garden is a hidden gem within the expanse of the gardens at Hampton Court Palace.

It is a peaceful setting tucked away in the corner of the palace gardens. Autumn is a perfect time to visit, when the trees begin their transformation for winter with an array of colour.

Unusual or historic varieties in the 20th Century Garden include Eucalyptus, Paperbark Birch and Paperbark Cherry. Paperbark Birches have fantastic ornamental bark and the Paperbark Cherry has incredible shiny orange/red bark which can be polished to a burnished bronze colour.

How the garden evolved

Historically, this area would have been considered part of Home Park, until 1890 when the Superintendent of Hampton Court Pleasure Gardens was handed responsibility of the park and it became an empty garden enclosure.

In the latter part of the 20th century, the garden was turned into an arboretum, a term generally used to describe a botanical tree collection. The area saw the arrival of many plants, including ornamental conifers, and several scare and unusual plants, such as a collection of rare hollies or ilex species.

Children run through the Hampton Court Palace Maze in the sunshine under a blue sky. Trees and other parkland can be seen in the background.
Things to see

Lose yourself in the most famous maze in the world. The Hampton Court Maze is still baffling visitors after 300 years.

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Hampton Court Palace

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The Great Pagoda at Kew surrounded by blue sky and green trees
Things to see Tours and talks

Open for pre-booked private tours from July – August. See The Great Pagoda at Kew Palace, now returned to its 18th-century splendour.

Open July – August (pre-booked private tours), daily at 10:00

Kew Palace

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Aerial view of a formal garden with green lawns on either side of a main path running towards the baroque palace. A fountain runs in the foreground at the centre of the path
Things to see

Take time to explore and relax in these world-renowned gardens without the usual crowds.

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Hampton Court Palace

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Charcoal stag luxury linen mix cushion

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White background. Main image is of a bronze finished garden ornament of a miniature dachshund which is sold in the shops and online.

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