The Magic Garden

Let their curiosity and imagination run wild in this magical children's playground

Let their curiosity and imagination run wild in this magical children's playground

Update 3 December: In line with government guidance, Hampton Court Palace will reopen on 5 December. Please read how we are keeping you safe on your visit

When

Weekends only

Last admission 15.00

Ticketing information

Weekends only from 2 November
Saturday-Sunday, 10.00-16.30. Last admission: 15.00. Gates close 15.45.

  • The Magic Garden entry is included in your admission ticket (members go free). Magic Garden only tickets are not available
  • Pre-booking is essential for all non-members, and for members wishing to visit palace interiors
  • Please note we cannot guarantee entry to the Magic Garden, it is operated on a strictly first come, first served basis and queueing at busy times is highly likely. This includes members
  • During the winter, we may need to close the Magic Garden at short notice due to inclement weather

Included in palace admission (members go free)

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Let the adventure begin

Come face to face with mysterious mythical beasts, storm the battlements, besiege the towers and explore the secret grotto in this magical children's playground.

The Magic Garden provides a unique way for your family to explore the history of Hampton Court Palace.

Welcome back to the Magic Garden. In line with current government guidelines, the following changes will be in place to ensure that your visit to the garden is safe and fun for everyone.

  • During the winter, we may need to close the Magic Garden at short notice due to inclement weather
  • A one-way route is in operation in some areas; look for markers on the ground to help. The route will start at the Lost Tower and work across to the Discovery Tower, where children (and adults!) will still be able to have fun on the Spiral Slide
  • To give everyone the chance to visit, time spent enjoying the Magic Garden will be limited to 90 minutes
  • Capacity will be reduced in the Magic Garden to reflect social distancing guidelines.
  • An enhanced cleaning regime will be operating within the Magic Garden
  • Hand sanitiser is available at the entrance
  • Reduced seating capacity is positioned to meet social distancing guidelines
  • The following areas are closed:
    • The Kings Tower (Red) and The Queens Tower (Blue)
    • The Dragons Nest
    • The drinking fountains
    • The cafe 
    • Toilets in the Kitchen Garden (toilets in the Magic Garden are open)

We are having to strictly enforce a maximum stay of 90 minutes for all our visitors, including Members, to the Magic Garden. With such a reduced capacity, it is the fairest way for everyone to get a chance to play and enjoy the area.

 

 

Important information

Visiting the Magic Garden

Access during peak times

We are sure you will be thrilled to see the Magic Garden open again after such a long break. If you are returning to visit us, or visiting for the first time, please be prepared to queue, especially if it is a busy day. There will social distancing markers on the ground leading up to the Magic Garden to help everyone feel comfortable.

Once you have queued, coloured wristbands are given to gain entry and have to worn by adults in the garden.

To ensure that everyone has a safe and comfortable experience we may have to suspend entry. You will be able to revisit the garden later in the day if capacity allows.

Members may also have to queue and are subject to the same time limitations as our other visitors.

Hot weather

The Magic Garden is a large open space with plenty of room to run and play. The water features are the perfect way for your little ones to cool off, but there is minimal shade in the Magic Garden and the queueing area.

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Children play in the Magic Garden at Hampton Court Palace
Boy playing on the large dragon sculpture in the Magic Garden

The dragon's rules

The Magic Garden is protected by our enormous fire-breathing dragon. He has certain rules you must obey, or you may spark his fiery temper!

1. Supervision

Though children are safe with our dragon, they must also be supervised by a responsible parent or carer at all times. The dragon does not allow unsupervised visitors under 16 in his garden.

2. Children's clothing

The Magic Garden play area includes sand, water, AstroTurf and a range of play equipment, some of which may graze sensitive skin. Please make sure your children are appropriately dressed for these conditions. We also ask adults to refrain from wearing swimwear.

3. Smoking and alcohol

No-one is allowed to smoke or vape in the Magic Garden - not even dragons. Alcohol is forbidden too... it could set the dragon's breath alight.

4. Picnicking

The Dragon will eat any picnic blankets or deck chairs being used in the Magic Garden, as we don't want them to get in the way of children playing. We can guide you to some other lovely picnic spots around the palace grounds and you can always come back to play later.

Find out more from our members

Hear from our members whilst they enjoy a special members-only event in the Magic Garden at Hampton Court Palace in this short film.

As a member you can also enjoy family events and days out at our six palaces, including the Tower of London and Kensington Palace.

Find out more about family membership

Thank you to our supporters

The Magic Garden has been generously supported by The Gosling Foundation and The Cadogan Charity.

With additional support from The Mercer Family Foundation, The Margaret Giffen Charitable Trust, and The Members and American Friends of Historic Royal Palaces.

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