Garden history tours


Wednesday, Friday and Sunday

12.00 - 13.00


Each tour runs from the East Front Vestibule (main entrance to the gardens)

Ticketing information

Included in palace admission (members go free)

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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.

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

Take time to explore and relax in these world-renowned gardens and find our free entry Garden Open Days dates.


Hampton Court Palace

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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.


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
Families Things to see

Enjoy a shire horse carriage ride through Hampton Court Palace's gardens.

Weekends and Bank Holidays from 01 May - 30 June

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