Privy Garden

Restored to its 1702 glory

Restored to its 1702 glory

Updated 6 August. Hampton Court Palace and gardens (including The Magic Garden) is open 7 days a week through August until 6 September. Entry to the Magic Garden requires a palace admission ticket for non members. The Maze remains closed. Please read our visit information

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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
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Take time to explore and relax in these world-renowned gardens without the usual crowds.

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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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12:00 (October to March)

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A gardener attends to the Great Vine under its green branches at Hampton Court Palace
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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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Close up of a Henry VIII hanging decoration in the Henry Shop

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