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


  • Open daily

Ticketing information

The Magic Garden is included in your palace ticket (members go free). 

Tickets for the Magic Garden only are also available on-site:

Adult: £8.00
Child: £6.00
Concession: £7.10
Family*: £23.40
Under 3s: free
*Two adults and up to three children

Please check upcoming planned closures before your visit.

Included in palace admission (members go free)

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.

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.

Members go free

Enjoy unlimited adventures at our six palaces, including the Magic Garden, when you join us as a member of Historic Royal Palaces. Find out more about family membership here.

Rise and Roar: quiet sessions in the Magic Garden

Join us for our quiet sessions in The Magic Garden, aimed at those living with or caring for someone with Autism, or those who have any other sensory needs, and their families and carers.

A boy holds up a toy sword and shouts as children play in the background at the Magic Garden at Hampton Court Palace
Children play in the Magic Garden at Hampton Court Palace
Children play in the Magic Garden at Hampton Court Palace

Important information

Visiting the Magic Garden

Upcoming closures

Please note, The Magic Garden is sometimes closed for maintenance or special events.

  • 18 August 2019 - closed until 10:45 
  • 20 October 2019 - closed until 10:45

Access during peak times

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.

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.

In busy periods, members may have to queue and are subject to the same time limitations as our other visitors.

Read our frequently asked questions
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.


Explore the palace gardens this summer and discover the colourful dragons lurking among the trees and plants.

20 July - 03 November 2019

Hampton Court Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Children play in the Magic Garden at Hampton Court Palace
Events Families

A quiet session aimed at children and young people with Autism, and their families and carers.

18 August and 20 October 2019

Hampton Court Palace


Separate ticket (advanced booking required)

Children taking part in a storytelling session inside the historic spaces.

Join in our lively, interactive storytelling sessions for families at Hampton Court Palace.

Sunday 09 June, Sunday 07 July and Sunday 04 August

Hampton Court Palace

11:30, 12:45 and 14:00. Duration 20 minutes

Included in palace admission (members go free)

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