The Gardens

The gardens at Hampton Court Castle are lovingly cared for throughout the year by our dedicated gardening team. Open to the public in the spring and summer months, they have a lot to offer, including a maze, beautiful herbaceous borders, water features and fantastic views of the forest backdrop.

The river walk provides the opportunity to further explore the estate, offering stunning views of the castle from across the ha-ha wall and a taste of the surrounding Herefordshire countryside.

Visitor Information

On arrival, please head to the Ticket Office where you’ll be able to pay for admission and can walk through into the walled gardens. If you would like more information about access around the estate, please see our Accessibility page.

As the Orangery is part of the castle, which backs onto the South Lawns, the cafe can only be reached by going through the gardens and is, therefore, only accessible by those who have paid for entrance to the gardens.

Garden Highlights

Surrounded by original Victorian walls, the organically managed Kitchen Garden is one of the first areas you'll come to on arrival at Hampton Court. Containing an abundance of fruits and vegetables, it supplies the Orangery Cafe and Gift Shop with produce during the summer season. The pleached avenues grow over 20 different varieties of apples and pears with intricate supports helping to guide the beans and sweet peas on their way.

The Rose Garden is adorned with sweet smelling and colourful blooms, which are in flower for much of the summer. Walk over one of the little bridges and onto a pavilion to see a different perspective of the gardens, or relax on one of the many benches and enjoy the ambience.

The Dutch Garden is a favourite amongst visitors, with beautiful symmetry and a striking water feature. It is a very tranquil setting, at it’s best when the agapanthus flower in midsummer.

You’ll also notice the gothic tower at the centre of the maze of 1,000 yew trees, which provides endless entertainment for guests of all ages. Climb to the top for a panoramic view of the gardens, and a surprise journey elsewhere, which we’ll keep secret so you can discover it for yourself!

The Sunken Garden is reached by wandering down a path of cascading stepping stones. It features huge lily pads, lush greenery and a stunning waterfall, which you can walk behind! It is well worth taking the time to explore this area of the gardens, which also attracts plentiful wildlife.

The 150 year old Wisteria Arch takes you from the Formal Garden onto the South Lawns. At its best in May-June with lilac and white flowers, it smells divine, attracts lots of bees and is wonderful to photograph.

Beyond the Wisteria Arch, you’ll emerge onto the expansive South Lawns, where you can stop for refreshments at the Orangery Cafe. Children can enjoy the playground and everyone can soak up the surroundings, with views across to the forest backdrop. Here you’ll find the gateway to the river walk, which offers the chance to further explore the estate. Look out for the quirky wooden bridges and the tree swings beneath a spectacular London Plane.

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