Garden history tours

When

  • Daily
Meet at 14:00

Ticketing information

Tours run daily from April to September.

A reduced schedule will run during the winter season, from October to March.

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Join our expert guides as they share the historical highlights of Hampton Court Gardens. 

Guides will lead you through the most historic parts of the gardens, covering over 500 years of history. From the Privy Garden and Queen Mary’s Bower to the Orangery Garden and the Pond Gardens.

Discover the Tudor beginnings of the Privy Garden and learn about Henry VIII’s favourite game at the Royal Tennis Court. Hear about the origins of the Great Vine, planted in 1768 by Master Gardener Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. Now over 250 years old, the Great Vine is the largest grape vine in the word.

A garden history tour is the ideal way to begin an afternoon exploring the gardens at your leisure.

Meeting point
The East Front vestibule. Tours begin at 14:00.

Please note

  • These tours are not botanical tours and will explore the history of the gardens.
  • The tours may be cancelled due to extreme weather conditions – you may wish to bring an umbrella, water, sunhat or all three!
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

Renowned across the world, Hampton Court Palace's beautiful gardens are an unmissable attraction.

Open daily

Hampton Court Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

The Privy Garden at Hampton Court Palace, showing bright planting and baroque architecture under a clear blue sky
Things to see

Explore the Privy Garden, now restored to its former glory and complete with its intricate Tijou Screen.

Open daily

Hampton Court Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Two shire horses pull a tram, also known as a charabanc carriage, outside the baroque exterior of Hampton Court Palace
Tours and talks

Meet Henry VIII's Great Shire Horses and enjoy a tram ride through 500 years of history at Hampton Court Palace.

Selected dates until November 2019

Hampton Court Palace

11:00-17:00

Separate ticket