Hampton Court Palace
Last admission: 15.30
Last entry to Maze: 15.45
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!
A Rare Piece of Tudor History
A rare piece of Tudor court fashion goes on display at Hampton Court Palace. Opening on 12 October 2019 until 23 February 2020, this exhibition is included in palace admission.