Update 27 November: In line with government guidance, Hampton Court Palace is closed until 2 December, but our gardens are open at the weekends only. We will reopen the palace on 5 December. Please read our FAQs
Relax in over 60 acres of the beautiful Hampton Court Gardens that run down to the River Thames, featuring sparkling fountains, glorious displays of over one million flowering bulbs and 750 acres of tranquil royal parkland.
Relax in the shade of the historic yew trees, marvel at the glistening fountain or take a stroll along the Broad Walk. At 580 metres it is the longest herbaceous mixed flower border in Britain.
Be inspired by the re-creation of William III's Privy Garden.
Based on the original 17th century design and historic planting lists, the stunning symmetrical pattern incorporates the original varieties of plants and shows off magnificent marble sculptures.More about the Privy Garden
Planted in 1768 by the celebrated gardener Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, the magnificent Great Vine is the largest in the world and still produces a yearly crop of black, sweet grapes that are sold in the palace shops in early September.More about The Great Vine
Explore the wonderful Kitchen Garden and see seasonal fruits, vegetables and herbs growing as they would have done for the Georgian kings in the 18th century.
Produce from the Kitchen Garden will be on sale at certain times throughout the year.
We have restored this garden to an approximation of how it would have looked in the 18th century. Few records survive of the original garden, but the layout of the beds can be discerned from contemporary paintings and engravings and as far as possible we have chosen historically accurate fruit and vegetable crops.More about the Kitchen Garden
Look out for our new Gardeners’ Hut – a mobile exhibition travelling around the gardens, packed with interesting stories about our work in the gardens and some surprising objects!
Planted over 300 years ago, the world's oldest puzzle Maze consists of half a mile of winding paths surrounded by towering yew tree walls.
The layout of the Maze has survived from the late 17th century and is now listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the world's oldest hedge maze. The maze itself was created as a humorous diversion for the court of William III and Mary II.More about The Maze
All ages are invited to come and play in this imaginative play garden for families.
With towers to besiege, battlements to storm, a secret grotto to hide in, and even a 25m dragon, the Magic Garden will prove that the best way to learn about history is to live it!More about The Magic Garden
Immerse yourself in Tudor history as we reunite stunning works of art, gold, weapons, manuscripts and clothing from the Field of Cloth of Gold, Henry VIII's legendary encounter with his great rival François I of France.
1 April 2020 to 31 August 2021
Hampton Court Palace
Included in palace admission (members go free)
After aiding an ailing Queen Elizabeth, Francis Gorges longs for the fields and woods of her parent's Hampshire estate. However, when the new puritan King James arrives from Scotland she is taken to court, where she finds herself surrounded by mortal danger.
Discover the world of Elizabeth I with this insightful look at Elizabeth's relationship with woman and how they helped to shape her into a remarkable monarch. This thrilling book explores the lesser known side of Elizabeth I who is often portrayed as a ruthless 'man's woman'.