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Garden History Tours

About

Join our expert guides as they share the historical highlights of Hampton Court Gardens. 

Guides will lead you through the most historic parts of the gardens, covering over 500 years of history. From the Privy Garden and Queen Mary’s Bower to the Orangery Garden and the Pond Gardens.

Discover the Tudor beginnings of the Privy Garden and learn about Henry VIII’s favourite game at the Royal Tennis Court. Hear about the origins of the Great Vine, planted in 1768 by Master Gardener Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. Now over 250 years old, the Great Vine is the largest grape vine in the word.

A garden history tour is the ideal way to begin an afternoon exploring the gardens at your leisure.

Guide Prices

Included in Palace Admission (members go free)

Book Tickets Online

Map & Directions

Road Directions

By car The palace is located on the A308 and is well signposted from all the major local roads. From the M25 take either exit 10 on to the A307 or exit 12 on to the A308. From the A3 and then the A309.

Car parking Limited parking is available. During our busy periods it is advisable to consider other means of travel. Accessible parking There are 9 disabled parking bays available on site. Parking on site is free for Blue Badge holders. On-site £1.60 per hour (car parking bays fit a standard car only). Pay for your parking with cash or card. Nearby Hampton Court Green (500 metres from entrance) - £1.50 per hour Hampton Court Train Station (200 metres from entrance) - For information about prices, please visit the National Rail website. Accessible by Public Transport.

Public Transport Directions

By train: South West Trains run services direct from London Waterloo to Hampton Court. The journey takes only 35 minutes and the palace is a 2-minute walk across the bridge from the station. Hampton Court station is in zone 6. Oyster cards are accepted on this route. By bus: From Kingston - 111*, 216*, 411*, 461, 513 From Richmond - R68* *These services accept Oyster cards, LT cards, bus passes, Travelcards, Freedom Passes and Saver Tickets. By MInibus/coach: Drop-off and collection points: •Hampton Court Green (500 metres from entrance). •Hampton Court Station Coach Park (200 metres from entrance). By River boat: From Richmond or Kingston with Turk Launches (April - mid September) and from Westminster with Westminster Passenger Cruises (April - September).

Garden History Tours

Type:Gardening Event

Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 9AU

Opening Times

Season (25 May 2023)
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