Keeping everyone safe

Hampton Court Castle – 2021 Opening and Coronavirus Information

We would like to say a big thank you for the support we’ve had over the last twelve months. We are really pleased to now be able to welcome visitors back to Hampton Court Castle for the 2021 season.

2021 Opening

Following the recent easing of restrictions, we are pleased to announce that the Maze, Tunnel and Gothic Tower have all reopened from 19th July 2021. 

We still ask that visitors be respectful of others whilst using the maze, even though social distancing is no longer in place. Operating safely is important to us and sanitising stations are still in place as well as regular cleaning throughout the grounds and facilities. We are still encouraging the use of masks but it is no longer a legal requirement.

The Orangery Cafe will continue to offer a limited menu for both inside and outside seating. The Gift Shop and Ice Cream Parlour are still closed currently, but prepackaged ice creams are available from the Orangery Cafe. 

The Castle is open for self-guided tours only. These are available between 11am and 4pm and the entrance to the Castle is in the Orangery Cafe. Please note that the Castle is closed on some dates for private functions. A list of these dates can be found on our Visit Us page along with opening times and prices.

Should there be any changes in government guidance, we will review safety measures and update this page. You can also follow us on Facebook or Instagram, to hear about further updates and details of any upcoming events.

We welcome feedback from visitors and are happy to answer any questions. Please speak to a member of staff during your visit or email us at


When are you open?
We are open everyday 10.30am – 5pm.

Do I need to pre-book?
Visitors do not need to pre-book tickets or time slots. There is ample space at the entrance, and across the estate, for social distancing to be maintained.

Can I pay by cash?
We are only taking card payments and encouraging contactless payments wherever possible.

Are your toilets open?
Yes. The facilities are cleaned regularly throughout the day and hand-sanitising points are also available across the grounds.

Can I bring my dog?
Only assistance dogs are permitted.

Is the Orangery Café open?
We are pleased to be able to open the Orangery Café with a limited menu for both inside and outside seating at present.

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