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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

The world-famous gardens of Hampton Court Palace 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 and a huge variety of wildlife, including the descendants of Henry VIII's deer herd.

Garden highlights

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, followed by autumn colours in the Tiltyard and Wilderness 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.

All year round, our Kitchen Garden grows fruit and vegetable crops that fed the Georgian royal family in the 18th century.

The gardens come to life in spring with over one million flowering bulbs in the Wilderness and a riot of colour in the formal gardens.


Open in line with palace opening hours

Ticketing information

A Hampton Court Palace admission ticket is required to access our gardens and they are open in line with palace opening times. Please check any closures before your visit.

Garden Open Days:

All palace gardens will be open to visitors free of charge on the following dates (Entrance to the Palace, Maze and Magic Garden will still require a ticket):

18 - 19 November

Included in palace admission (members go free)

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Hampton Court Gardens: autumn

Find out more about our gardens in autumn in this short film.

Our work in the gardens happens all year round.

Our growing year

A year in the life of Hampton Court Palace gardens

Our gardeners look after the world's oldest puzzle maze, the world's oldest grape vine, Britain's longest herbaceous border, three National Plant Collections and over 60 acres of historic gardens. Find out how they do it in this series of films.

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

Garden FAQs

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

Read our FAQs


  • Things to see

Kitchen Garden

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

  • Open
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Included in gardens admission (members go free)
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  • Events
  • Christmas

Hampton Court Palace Festive Fayre

Shop bespoke handmade gifts in a unique festive setting.

  • 01-03 and 08-10 December 2023
  • 10:00-18:00
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
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  • Things to see

Haunted Gallery and Processional Route

Walk Henry VIII’s route from his private apartments to the Chapel and see the infamous Haunted Gallery in the State Apartments.

  • Open
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
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The gardens at Hampton Court Palace

A brief history of the famous royal gardens

The story of Hampton Court Palace

Home of Henry VIII and the Tudor dynasty

Henry VIII, Terrible Tudor?

Who was the real Henry VIII?

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