Hampton Court Palace is an awe-inspiring and flamboyant showcase for kingship. It’s vast and never ending vistas, courtyards, gardens and parkland, along with its magnificent State Apartments, rivalling the great palaces of Europe, are designed to impress.
The Magic Garden re-opens 30 March
Come face to face with mysterious mythical beasts, storm the battlements, besiege the towers and explore the secret grotto in our magical children’s playground at Hampton Court Palace.
Re-Opens 30 March 2019 and included in palace admission.
The Magic Garden at Hampton Court Palace provides a new and unique way to your family to explore the palace’s past. Each area represents myths, legends, stories and even real objects that can be found at Hampton Court. Once you have ticked everything off in the garden, it’s the perfect opportunity to discover those real objects in and around the palace.
Peak times in the Magic Garden
During busy periods, your time in the Magic Garden may be limited to a maximum of 90 minutes. Coloured wristbands are distributed and staff will be on-hand to advise visitors. To ensure that everyone has a safe and comfortable experience the palace may have to suspend entry at times. You will be able to revisit the garden later in the day if capacity allows.
King William III State Apartments
A grand lavishly laid out collection of state apartments built by the new monarchs. Walk through the rooms of this elegant part of the Palace and imagine the beautifully dressed courtiers revelling in the politics and gossip of court life. This is the best place to view the magnificent King’s Privy Garden.
Henry VIII’s Apartments
Walk in the footsteps of England’s most famous King and his six wives. Lavishly presented the apartments include Henry’s Great Hall, the Great Watching Chamber, the Great Council Chamber and the processional route, allegedly haunted by Catherine Howard, Henry’s fifth wife.
The Privy Garden is one of the most accurately reconstructed gardens at Hampton Court because so much was recorded about the original 1702 garden. The beautiful geometry of the garden seen against the stunning palace façade is a site not to be missed.
The Great Vine
Planted by Lancelot Capability Brown in 1768, this is the oldest vine in the world. See the many bunches of grapes develop through the Summer ready for harvest late August, early September.
Young Henry VIII’s Story
Meet the pip-up Prince – explore the relationship between Henry and his first wife, Katherine of Aragon and Cardinal Wolsey with some spectacular Tudor paintings from the Royal Collection.
Cumberland Art Gallery
Formerly an apartment belonging to the Duke of Cumberland the new ‘art’ rooms are the home to masterpieces from the Royal Collection. Groups can discover the stories behind the artworks so avidly collected by the 17th and 18th century monarchs.
Georgian Kitchen Garden
See how the fruit, flowers and vegetables were planted, tended and harvested for the king’s table in the 18th Century in this enormous garden, full of produce. Newly opened in Summer 2014 this garden demonstrates the vast array of fruit and vegetables enjoyed by the royal court at the palace.
Commissioned around 1700 by William III, this large and complex maze is one of the oldest surviving hedge mazes in the country and covers a third of an acre – make sure you have your wits about you to brave it!
Please take your voucher/confirmation to the Group Ticket Window along with photo ID for entrance to Hampton Court Palace.
Audio Guides: Available free of charge in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Japanese, Russian and Korean, audio guides can be collected from the Information Centre in Base Court.
Disabled Access : Hampton Court Palace is a historic building and, therefore, has uneven surfaces. However, many of the staircases are wide and shallow (having been built for William III who was asthmatic). Most of the routes within the palace are accessible to visitors unable to climb stairs as there is a lift to take visitors to the State Apartments on the first floor. Please ask a warder for assistance. However, for evacuation reasons, only six wheelchairs are permitted on the first floor at any one time. As a consequence, visitors may occasionally have to wait or visit an alternative part of the palace.
Manual wheelchairs are available for use within the palace. Wheelchairs are available on a first come, first served basis and cannot be booked in advance. Please ask a warder for assistance. Single-person scooters are available for use in the gardens only, again on a first come, first served basis and they cannot be booked in advance.
General audio tours for visitors with visual impairments are available for: King's Apartments of William III Georgian Rooms Tudor Kitchens The Young Henry VIII exhibition.
Braille guidebooks are available free, on loan, from the Information Centre in Clock Court. Braille and large print folders are available in the Young Henry VIII exhibition. Please ask a warder if you wish to use them. The artefacts in the Tudor Kitchens may be handled as they are replicas.
Agents bringing child students or children to the palaces must provide a ratio of 1 adult for up to maximum 15 child/students children.
If bringing children and students booked through the Learning and Engagement department, the ratio must be 1 adult to 60 children or 1 adult to 10 students.
Not meeting the maximum ratio will result in the party not being granted to access on arrival.