Hampton Court Palace Garden Tour
The playground of the Royals for over 200 years!
This tour is not available at the moment because, although Hampton Court is now open following the coronavirus pandemic, tours are not allowed. It is unclear when this will change.
Take a tour with me of one of England's grandest gardens where there is history hidden around every corner. With 66 acres to look at, there is plenty of choice!
There are eight formal gardens around the palace providing year-round colour and interest.
The Wilderness Garden is at its most striking in Spring, when daffodils form a rich, yellow carpet.
The Walled Garden is perfect in Summer with its highly-perfumed riot of roses. The Great Fountain Garden's beautiful herbaceous border is rumoured to be the longest in England and explodes in a mass of different shades throughout the Summer, just in time for the Music Festival and the Hampton Court Flower Show.
The south side of the gardens is unique and quite idyllic: the Privy Garden recreates William III’s design of 1702, its stunning shapes forming the perfect display of symmetry. Further on in the Lower Orangery Garden, a replica of Queen Mary’s 17th century garden has been brought vividly to life. Opposite sit the Sunken Gardens, originally home to Henry VIII’s fishponds, a fiesta of colour in the Spring and Summer months as the palace gardeners plant out a dense array of flowering bulbs and annuals.
Alongside the internationally-renowned formal gardens, famous landmarks include the oldest and largest productive grapevine in the world, the hedge maze complete with its half-mile of pathways and the real tennis court where many a Royal has tried their hand at mastering this complicated game.
Adults will enjoy the history and elegance of the formal gardens. Children love the freedom of being outside, enjoy the challenge of being the first to the centre of the hedge maze and no one ever says no to an ice cream on the lawns!
A two-hour tour of Hampton Court’s gardens costs £120 per group of up to 20. This is on top of the palace entry fee. It will be cheaper for you to buy palace entry tickets in advance of arriving at Hampton Court - go to www.hrp.org.uk, click on Hampton Court and follow instructions to make payment. For more information about tours and prices please click on the ‘Tour Prices’ tag. If you are interested in booking a tour, please e-mail me using the contact form below to check my availability. Payment can then be made either by bank transfer or by using the PayPal button in the 'Tour Prices' section of this website. The tour will not be confirmed until I have received payment in full.