Garden History Tours


  • Start date: 01 May 2018
  • End date: 29 September 2018

Ticketing Information

The tours take place every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday between 01 May and 29 September 2018 at 12:00 and 14:00.

Meeting point: The Queen Victoria Statue, Broad Walk, Kensington Gardens (opposite Kensington Palace and the Round Pond) 


Follow one of our volunteers on an award-winning* walking tour of the garden surrounding Kensington Palace and explore the diverse history and development of the gardens. 

These tours will bring a host of intriguing and surprising stories of the gardens to life; who kept wild animals in the grounds?  Who created the magnificent statue of Queen Victoria? And who made the iconic golden gates?

These FREE tours will allow you to get up close and personal to the magnificent statue of Queen Victoria, admire the iconic Gold Gates and pause and reflect by the enchanting Sunken Garden, the planting of which takes inspiration from the dresses of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Please note

  • These tours are not botanical tours and will explore the history of the gardens.
  • The tours may be cancelled due to extreme weather conditions – you may wish to bring an umbrella, water, sunhat or all three!
  • The tour does not include access to Kensington Palace. If you would like to purchase an admission ticket, please visit the ticket page here.

* The volunteers won the Highly Commended award in Bringing Innovations at the London Volunteers in Museum Awards 2012.

View of Hampton Court Palace with crowd in the foreground and Luna Cinema screen showing The Greatest Showman in the background.

Join us on the stunning East Front Lawns with Henry VIII's palace providing a truly unforgettable floodlit backdrop.

05-06 October 2018

Hampton Court Palace


The South Front and Privy Garden, looking north west across the fountain basin.
Things to see

Explore the Privy Garden, now restored to its former glory and complete with its intricate Tijou Screen.

Open daily

Hampton Court Palace

Children run through the Hampton Court Palace Maze in the sunshine under a blue sky. Trees and other parkland can be seen in the background.
Families Highlights

Lose yourself in the most famous maze in the world. The Hampton Court Maze is still baffling visitors after 300 years.

Open daily

Hampton Court Palace

White background. Main image is of a bronze finished garden ornament of a miniature dachshund which is sold in the shops and online.

Dachshund bronze finish garden ornament

This playful bronze effect dachshund will charm any new owner. This fun decorative garden ornament features a miniature dachshund dog standing on it's hind legs and is inspired by the history of royal dogs.


Luxury Rabbit Doorstop

Rabbit doorstop

The sitting rabbit doorstop is a handsome fellow made out of luxurious beige fabric with silk trim - he is definitely more than a doorstop as his appealing looks are sure to guarantee him the best room in the house!


Designed exclusively for Historic Royal Palaces as part of the Enlightened Princesses exhibition at Kensington Palace. This luxury butterfly paper folding fan is based on an original fan in the Royal Ceremonial Dress collection at Historic Royal Palaces.

Luxury cream butterfly folding hand fan

This luxury butterfly paper folding fan is based on an original fan in the Royal Ceremonial Dress collection at Historic Royal Palaces dated c. 1870-1890.