Hampton Court Gardens

Explore 60 acres of formal gardens and 750 acres of historic parkland

Explore 60 acres of formal gardens and 750 acres of historic parkland

When

  • Open daily

Ticketing information

Entry to the Hampton Court Gardens, including the Maze, is included in palace admission tickets.

Members get in free.

Please check opening times and closures before your visit.

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Hampton Court Palace’s world-famous gardens include 60 acres of spectacular formal gardens and 750 acres (304 hectares) of parkland, all set within a loop of the River Thames.

Our gardens are home to the world's oldest puzzle maze, a record-breaking grape vine, three National Plant Collections, over one million flowering bulbs in the Wilderness and a huge variety of wildlife, including the descendants of Henry VIII’s deer herd.

Garden highlights

The gardens come to life in spring with a mass of flowering bulbs in the Wilderness and formal gardens.

Summer sees the spectacular herbaceous border in the East Front Gardens at its best, while Queen Mary II’s Exoticks come out in the Lower Orangery Garden.

The Great Vine grapes are harvested at the end of the summer then the autumn colours in the Tiltyard, Wilderness and 20th Century Garden as deers rut in Home Park.

In the winter, striking outlines of trees stretch across Home Park and, if we’re lucky, snow highlights the topiary of the Privy Garden.

More about our garden highlights

Hampton Court Gardens: a year in the life

Find out more about our gardens through the seasons in this short film.

Our growing year

Plant of the moment

Every year, we plant around 250,000 tulip (Tulipa) bulbs in our gardens at Hampton Court Palace to create a bright and colourful display of these spring-blooming flowers.

In this short film, Greg Leeson, Historic Royal Palace's horticultural manager, shares some of his favourite tulip varieties on show in the gardens.

More information

National Plant Collections

Hampton Court Palace is the holder of three important National Plant Collections – Heliotropium, Lantana and Queen Mary II's Exoticks which is designated a Heritage Collection.

More about our national plant collections

Gardens FAQs

Frequently asked questions about the beautiful gardens at Hampton Court Palace.

Read our FAQs

Look out for...

There is lots going on in the Hampton Court Palace Gardens this spring! Here are a few highlights to look out for on your visit:

  • Tulips and spring flowers in bloom in April
  • Our Auricula Theatre in flower on the South Front - read more in our blog post
  • Pruning of Cradle Walk and the Rose Garden, as well as fruit trees, wisteria, hedges and shrubs across the grounds
The Pond Garden at Hampton Court Palace April 2019. Showing tulips in bloom
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

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)

The Kitchen Garden looking south east

Established in the late 17th century, the Kitchen Garden at Hampton Court produced vast amounts of fruit and vegetables for the royal table. Today, the garden has been re-created to its 18th century heyday, using the planting pattern laid down by the palace’s Georgian gardeners.
Things to see

Experience the recreated Kitchen Garden, which would have fed the Georgian royals and now supplies Henry VIII's Kitchens.

Open daily

Hampton Court Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

A gardener attends to the Great Vine under its green branches at Hampton Court Palace
Things to see

Listed in 2005 as the world's longest grape vine, the Great Vine at Hampton Court Palace is a fantastic spectacle.

Open daily

Hampton Court Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Historic Royal Palaces retail product - drinking glasses, books and deer cushion

Shop homewares

In our home section you will find stylish lifestyle home accessories and furnishings, including cushions, tapestries, ornaments and much more which will add those finishing touches to make your room complete.

Prices from £1.99 - £2500

The Wildflower crystal and pearl tiara sparkles with florets of crystals and an elaborate foliage design.

Shop jewellery

Choose from our stunning collection of jewellery, including pieces inspired by the palaces and the people who lived in them. These beautiful collections include necklaces, rings, earrings, charm bracelets, bangles and pendants.

Prices from £2.50 - £3100

Historic Royal Palaces retail product- Queen Anne Boleyn merchandise

Shop Anne Boleyn gifts

Shop our unique collection of Anne Boleyn books, jewellery and gifts. Anne Boleyn's letter jewellery, including her 'B' necklace and 'AB' brooch, are believed to have been passed down to her daughter Elizabeth I.

Prices start from £2.50