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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 palace admission ticket is required to access our gardens. 

Garden Open Days: Palace gardens will be open free of charge on:

  • 14-15 September 2024
  • 23-24 November 2024
  • 26 December 2024 - Wilderness open for Boxing Day

(Ticket required for the palace, Maze and Magic Garden)

Included in palace admission (members go free)

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Watch Hampton Court Palace Gardens: Summer

Discover our gardens through the seasons in this short film. Find out more about how our gardens change through the year below.

Our Growing Year

Hampton Court Palace gardens in the summer

Video Transcript of Hampton Court Palace Gardens: Summer

Follow along with an interactive transcript of Hampton Court Palace Gardens: Summer on YouTube. A link to open the transcript can be found in the description. 

Giving our gardens a future, for everyone

Responding to Climate Change in the Hampton Court Gardens

Change in the gardens is part of Hampton Court Palace's 500-year history. But as our climate changes, so do our gardens.

In this blog, Head Gardener Graham Dillamore explains how his team are responding to these new challenges.

Plan Your Visit

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


  • Events
  • Families

Rise and Roar

A quiet session aimed at children and young people with Autism, and their families and carers.

  • Various dates until 06 October 2024
  • 09:30 - 11:00
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
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  • Events

Henry VIII's Joust

Experience the thrill of the Tudor joust as the country's greatest knights battling it out at Hampton Court Palace.

  • 20-21 July 2024
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
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The Tudor World in the Wolsey Rooms

Discover the oldest rooms at Hampton Court Palace and meet the ordinary men and women who enabled the Tudor court to exist and flourish.

  • Open
  • In line with palace opening hours
  • 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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Shop Hampton Court Palace Gifts

Our gifts and souvenirs are are inspired by over 500 years of history from Hampton Court Palace.

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Shop HRP Books & Publications

Discover books inspired by the palaces in our care, learn about fascinating periods of British history, including our official palace guide books, children's books and more.

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Browse through our Tudor Collection to find a whole range of products based on the Tudors.

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