Privy Garden

Restored to its 1702 glory

Restored to its 1702 glory

When

  • Open daily

Ticketing information

Included in palace admission (members go free)

A privy, or private, garden has existed on the south side of Hampton Court Palace since the reign of Henry VIII.

The Privy Garden today is a restoration of William III's baroque Privy Garden of 1702. Our gardeners have restored the grounds using the original plant varieties and the hornbeam bower and statues were all part of the King's original design.

The wrought iron screens, designed and built by Jean Tijou for William III, stand at the river end.

Restored using original accounts

The Privy Garden at Hampton Court is one of the most accurately reconstructed gardens because so much was recorded about the original in 1702.

William III died before the garden was completely finished, which meant all the gardeners and workmen were frightened of not being paid. They therefore submitted the fullest possible accounts of their work.

The workmen's accounts were further corroborated by archaeological evidence and historic garden plans.

The Privy Garden as seen from the roof of Hampton Court Palace
The Privy Garden, looking north. Showing members of the Garden and Estates team gardening. A male gardener is bending and using garden shears in the foreground.
Aerial view of a formal garden with green lawns on either side of a main path running towards the baroque palace. A fountain runs in the foreground at the centre of the path
Things to see

Renowned across the world, Hampton Court Palace's beautiful gardens are an unmissable attraction.

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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.

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A gardener attends to the Great Vine under its green branches at Hampton Court Palace
Things to see

Listed in 2005 as the world's longest grape vine, the Great Vine at Hampton Court Palace is a fantastic spectacle.

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Clock Court at Hampton Court Palace in the sunshine

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