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

When

  • Open daily

Ticketing information

Entry to the Rose Garden is free.

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

Free

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. 

Dark pink, large roses on a bush in the Rose Garden at Hampton Court Palace, under a cloudy sky

Creating 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.

The Kitchen Garden looking south east

Established in the late 17th century, the Kitchen Garden at Hampton Court produced vast amounts of fruit and vegetables for the royal table. Today, the garden has been re-created to its 18th century heyday, using the planting pattern laid down by the palace’s Georgian gardeners.
Things to see

Experience the recreated Kitchen Garden, which would have fed the Georgian royals and now supplies Henry VIII's Kitchens.

Open daily

Hampton Court Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

A gold crown sits on a bright pink background covered in pink flowers
Events

Join us for a fun-filled celebration of summer in the stunning setting of Hampton Court Palace.

04-07 July 2019 (Preview evening: 01 July, RHS Members' Days 02 and 03 July)

Hampton Court Palace

Monday: 17:00-22.30; Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00-19.30; Sunday: 10:00-17.30

Separate ticket (advanced booking required)

The Tudor Great Hall at Hampton Court Palace, showing the Abraham Tapestries and the room set out for day visitors.
Things to see

Experience the splendour of the Tudor court in Henry VIII's Great Hall, complete with his magnificent tapestries.

Open daily

Hampton Court Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

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