Let their curiosity and imagination run wild in this magical children's playground
Updated 29 May. In line with government guidance, our palaces remain closed. We are working on detailed plans to safely re-open our sites, starting with our outdoor spaces. Thank you for your patience. Read our statement
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.
Each area represents myths, legends, stories and even real objects that can be found at Hampton Court.
Once you have ticked everything off in the garden, it's the perfect opportunity to discover those real objects in and around the palace.
In light of recent Government advice, The Magic Garden is closed until further notice and will not be re-opening on Saturday 21 March 2020.
On the following Sundays, the MG will open at 11:15 due to our autism friendly Rise and Roar sessions taking place:
The Magic Garden is now closed for the winter
Please note, The Magic Garden is sometimes closed for maintenance or special events.
The Magic Garden will be closed on 2 June 2020 and 15 September 2020 for essential maintenance work to be carried out.
During busy periods, your time in the Magic Garden may be limited to a maximum of 90 minutes. Coloured wristbands are distributed and staff will be on-hand to advise.
During busy periods, queues for the Magic Garden can be quite long. Our staff will use the coloured wristband system to minimise the queueing as much as possible.
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.
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.Read our frequently asked questions
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.