Pond Gardens

Discover the sunken gardens created for Henry VIII and transformed by Mary II

Discover the sunken gardens created for Henry VIII and transformed by Mary II

When

  • Daily

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Included in palace admission (members go free)

The Pond Gardens are a highlight of the Hampton Court Gardens, especially in spring and summer when vibrant displays of tulips and summer planting fill the space.

These gardens were originally fish ponds made for Henry VIII. In the 1690s, Mary II transformed the Tudor pond yards into sunken gardens to display her rare and exotic plant collection.

In the summer, Mary displayed her citrus fruit trees here. In the winter, the plants were sheltered from the weather nearby in innovative heated glass cases made by the Dutch carpenter Hendrick Floris.

In the early 20th century, gardeners created the Dutch-style garden that you see today with its tiered paths, topiary hedges, statues and bedding.

The 18th-century lead statue of Venus in the garden was discovered in 1892 in 'Mrs Grundy's gallery' – a private room in the palace used by a prudish housekeeper to hide paintings and sculptures which she felt were unsuitable for the public!

The Pond Gardens at Hampton Court Palace, showing bright planting and baroque architecture under a clear blue sky
The Pond Gardens at Hampton Court Palace, showing bright planting and baroque architecture under a clear blue sky
The Pond Garden at Hampton Court Palace, showing green hedging in intricate patterns. The Little Banqueting House can be seen in the background under a blue sky
Visitors walking through the Privy Garden at Hampton Court Palace
Events Tours and talks

Explore the fascinating history of Hampton Court Gardens on a free walking tour.

Daily

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The Privy Garden at Hampton Court Palace, showing bright planting and baroque architecture under a clear blue sky
Things to see

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

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Hampton Court Palace

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A family of two women, a boy and a girl relax and admire the colourful planting in the Rose Garden at Hampton Court Palace. The Tudor palace can be seen in the background
Things to see

Discover an abundance of colour in the grounds of the historic Tudor buildings at Hampton Court Palace.

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Hampton Court Palace

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