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Gardener picking apples from a tree in the Walled Garden.
Things to see

Enter the castle grounds through this 18th-century walled garden, which has been expertly restored using traditional methods.

Closed. Reopening Thursday 03 December.

Hillsborough Castle

Included in all admission tickets (members go free)

The Lake at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, showing a large stretch of water surrounded by green and orange trees under a cloudy sky
Things to see

Explore the Lake and Pinetum

Closed. Re-opening Thursday 03 December.

Hillsborough Castle

Included in all admission tickets (members go free)

Choristers from the Chapel Royal choir skate on the ice at the Hampton Court Palace ice rinks in front of the Tudor west gate
Families Christmas

Hampton Court Palace ice rink returns for another year this Christmas, COVID-secure.

5 December 2020 to 17 January 2021 (excluding Christmas Day)

Hampton Court Palace

10:00 – 21:00 (20:00 last skate)

Separate ticket (advance booking required)

Aerial view of a formal garden with green lawns on either side of a main path running towards the baroque palace. A fountain runs in the foreground at the centre of the path
Things to see

Take time to explore and relax in these world-renowned gardens without the usual crowds.

Weekends only

Hampton Court Palace

Included in all admission tickets (members go free)

The Kitchen Garden at Hampton Court Palace under a bright blue sky. Showing varieties of planting in the foreground and the Tudor palace in the background
Things to see

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

Weekends only

Hampton Court Palace

Included in gardens admission (members go free)

A large four poster bed covered in detailed period fabric, in a bedroom covered in dark green wall decor
Things to see

Explore the beautiful private rooms at Kensington Palace where Mary II once took her meals, relaxed and entertained.

Closed

Kensington Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Other pages that may be of interest

Illustration of Hampton Court Palace west front within a Christmas bauble.

Christmas at Hampton Court Palace

Join us for some Christmas cheer in the chambers, galleries and gardens of Hampton Court Palace.

The west front of Hampton Court Palace with the gardens in the foreground under a blue sky.

What's included in your palace ticket

Explore the home of Henry VIII, his wives and children with an admission ticket to Hampton Court Palace.

The Glasshouse Nursery. Showing Stuart Birnie, member of the Garden and Estates team, looking after a variety of summer bedding plants.

Our growing year

A team of 42 gardeners and specialists look after the 60 acres of formal gardens and 750 acres of royal parkland at Hampton Court Palace.

Garden highlights

Browse some of the highlights at Hampton Court Gardens.

Green and gold dragons on the Pagoda at Kew Palace

How we brought dragons back to Kew

80 new dragons now adorn the Great Pagoda at Kew once more, following a major conservation project by Historic Royal Palaces.