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The Rose Garden

Discover an abundance of colour in the grounds of the Tudor palace

Discover an abundance of colour in the grounds of the Tudor palace

A wander through the intimate Rose Garden at Hampton Court Palace is not to be missed.

Explore our displays of stunning rose varieties, developed over 80 years by our team of expert gardeners, as you savour the fragrance and colour of the flowers.

A summer spectacular

There is so much to see in the Rose Garden over the summer season. The planting has been designed to pique the interest of gardeners and gardening enthusiasts alike, as well as attracting wildlife.

Rose varieties provide a stunning range of colour from whites, yellows and creams to pinks and crimsons. See varieties such as Rosa 'Gertrude Jekyll', Rosa 'Darcy Bussell' and Rosa 'A Shropshire Lad'.

Late flowering hydrangeas such as Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight' and Hydrangea arborescens 'Incrediball' complement and contrast with the roses.

A multitude of annuals, biennials and perennials add yet more colour, form, texture and fragrance to the seasonal display.



Ticketing information

A Hampton Court Palace admission ticket includes entry to over 60 acres of historic gardens such as the Privy Garden and Pond Gardens.

Included in palace admission (members go free)

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Plant of the moment: roses

The Rose Garden at Hampton Court Palace is in full bloom with a romantic display of these beautiful flowers.

In this short film, Greg Leeson shows us some of the more unusual varieties of roses on show, from the Gertrude Jekyll to the Darcey Bussell. There's a rose in our gardens for everyone to fall in love with!

Creating the Rose Garden

Roses in the Rose Garden.

The Rose Garden is a relatively new concept in the history of the Hampton Court Gardens.

This area was once William III's kitchen garden, which supplied the court with vegetables and herbs. Our Rose Garden on the same site has been evolving since the 1930s and the shape of the beds reflects the original formal grid design.

Originally roses were planted in few island beds, but now this wonderful space has developed to include formal beds and borders of rose species and cultivars.

We've also added grass paths through the rose beds, to allow more intimacy with the roses. This also allows for easier maintenance and upkeep.

Looking to the future

As the saying goes, 'a good garden never stands still', and we’re now giving the Rose Garden a new lease of life.

We’ve got exciting plans for the next three to five years and further ahead, so there will something new to see each year.


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Hampton Court Gardens

Take time to explore and relax in these world-renowned gardens and find our free entry Garden Open Days dates.

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Pond Gardens

Discover the sunken gardens created for Henry VIII and transformed by Mary II.

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The Great Vine

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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William III and Mary II

The royal power couple

The gardens at Hampton Court Palace

A brief history of the famous royal gardens

Katherine of Aragon

Henry VIII's first wife. She was 23, he was 17

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