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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.

High aerial view of the Great Fountain Garden, looking west towards the East Front. The central focus is the fountain bordered by yew trees.

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.

Privy Garden

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.

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The Lower Orangery garden and terrace, looking north-west towards the Mantegna Gallery. Vine Cottage is in the background on the left of the image.

Lower Orangery Garden

Once the home of Queen Mary II’s Exotick plant collection, this garden has been restored to its former glory.

Nearby, you can discover the magic of the hidden Pond Gardens which were originally used for holding freshwater fish for the royal courts.

The Great Vine

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.

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The Vine House, looking north-east. Showing ripening Vitis vinifera ‘Shiva Grossa’ (synonym- Black Hamburg) dessert grapes on the Great Vine. Originally planted in 1768 by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown (c1715-1783).
Aerial view of Kitchen Garden looking south-east, showing vegetable planting beds.

The Kitchen Garden

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.

The Gardeners' Hut

Look out for our Gardeners’ Hut – a mobile exhibition travelling around the gardens, packed with interesting stories about our work in the gardens and some surprising objects!

Gardeners' Hut showing interiors and some of the objects on display.
Young couple walking in Hampton Court Maze. Shot shows the complex geometric patterns from an aerial point of view.

The Maze

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.

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The Magic Garden

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!

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Privy Garden

Explore the Privy Garden, now restored to its former glory and complete with its intricate Tijou Screen.

  • Open in line with palace opening hours
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
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  • Families
  • Half term
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The Magic Garden

Meet mysterious beasts, storm the battlements and discover the secret grotto in the Magic Garden at Hampton Court Palace.

  • Open Wednesday - Sunday
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
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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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