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Growing sustainable peas and beans in the Kitchen Garden

Kitchen Garden and Vine Keeper Hilary Theaker explores the importance of planting peas and beans in Hampton Court's Kitchen Garden.

The gardens at Hampton Court Palace

A brief history of the famous royal gardens

Jean Tijou Screen at Hampton Court Palace

The glorious 300-year-old Tijou Screen marks the southern boundary of the Privy Garden at Hampton Court Palace, next to the River Thames. It was designed for William III and Mary II in 1689 by Jean Tijou – one of the greatest ironworkers who ever lived.

Hay-making with Two Hampton Court Shire Horses

The tradition of hay-making is being kept alive at Kensington Palace thanks to Tom and Murdoch, a pair of Shire Horses from Hampton Court Palace.

Wildflowers bloom at Kensington Palace

After a lot of hard work this winter by the gardens team at Kensington Palace, the fruits of their labour can now be seen in the wildflower meadow.

WHAT'S ON AT THE PALACES

BOOKING SOON

  • For members
  • Tours and talks
  • Events

Members-Only Gardens Tours at Hillsborough Castle

Explore the gardens surrounding Northern Ireland's only royal residence with an expert guide on these members-only tours.

  • 21 September 2024
  • 11:00
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Free (advance booking required)
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  • Events
  • Families

Rise and Roar

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

  • Various dates until 06 October 2024
  • 09:30 - 11:00
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
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  • Events

Quiet Session

A calmer experience for those living with or caring for someone with Autism or those who have any other sensory needs, and their families and carers.

  • 29 June, 17 July, 21 August and 22 September
  • 1 hour
  • Kew Palace
  • Included in Kew Gardens admission
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  • Families

Kids Go Free

Treat the kids this summer holidays with a free visit to the 100 acre gardens.

  • 29 June - 01 September 2024
  • In line with gardens opening hours
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Included in gardens admission (members go free)
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  • Families
  • Events

Henry VIII's Joust

Experience the thrill of the Tudor joust as the country's greatest knights battling it out at Hampton Court Palace.

  • 13-14 and 20-21 July 2024
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
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  • Events

RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival

Join us for a fun-filled celebration in the stunning setting of Hampton Court Palace in summer 2024.

  • 02 - 07 July 2024 (RHS Members’ Days: 02 and 03 July)
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Separate ticket (advance booking required)
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OTHER PAGES THAT MAY BE OF INTEREST

Growing sustainable peas and beans in the Kitchen Garden

Kitchen Garden and Vine Keeper Hilary Theaker explores the importance of planting peas and beans in Hampton Court's Kitchen Garden.

Jean Tijou Screen at Hampton Court Palace

The glorious 300-year-old Tijou Screen marks the southern boundary of the Privy Garden at Hampton Court Palace, next to the River Thames. It was designed for William III and Mary II in 1689 by Jean Tijou – one of the greatest ironworkers who ever lived.

Hay-making with Two Hampton Court Shire Horses

The tradition of hay-making is being kept alive at Kensington Palace thanks to Tom and Murdoch, a pair of Shire Horses from Hampton Court Palace.

Wildflowers bloom at Kensington Palace

After a lot of hard work this winter by the gardens team at Kensington Palace, the fruits of their labour can now be seen in the wildflower meadow.

Dahlia season at Hampton Court Palace

July marks the start of the dahlia season, but it is as the days grow shorter that these flamboyant plants come into their own, providing a spectacular display of extravagant flowers until the first frosts.

Herbs through history: from the Tudors to today

Central to the Kitchen Garden at Hampton Court is its collection of herbs, and they are looking at their best in the summer. While many of them are familiar, some unusual ones have had some fascinating uses throughout history.