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Garrick's Temple was built by the great 18th century actor-manager David Garrick in 1756 to celebrate the genius of William Shakespeare. He commissioned the sculptor Roubiliac to provide a life-size statue of his hero to be placed inside.

The recent restoration reinstates the statue in replica and also houses a display illustrating Garrick's acting career and his private life in Hampton.

The garden was originally laid out with advice from the landscape designer Capability Brown. Working from contemporary paintings, drawings and nursery lists, the garden has now been returned to echo its 18th Century layout, complete with the serpentine path favoured by designers of the day.

Most of the trees, shrubs and flowers featured were also present in Garrick's garden and are a mixture of native British plants, old garden species and plants collected from overseas, particularly America.

Garrick's striking little octagonal building and 18th century pleasure garden were restored between 1997 and 1999 under Garrick's Temple to Shakespeare Partnership Project, funded in part by a Heritage Lottery grant and donations from a range of organizations and individuals. The Temple and its gardens are now managed by Garrick's Temple to Shakespeare Trust, a charity established in 2004 to help conserve the temple, improve facilities for visitors and develop its use for cultural and educational purposes. The Trust has a team of about 40 volunteers.


Group Visits:

Outside of public opening times special group visits can be arranged.

For any enquiries please email Garrickstempletoshakespeare@gmail.com

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Admission are FREE, however donations are welcome.


Booking & Payment Details

  • Free Entry


  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups
  • Guided tours for groups
  • Mini Coach Parties Accepted

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Facilities for conferencing

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions

Road Directions

By car:

A308 from Kingston via Hampton Court or from M3, Junction 1. Limited parking in nearby streets.

Public Transport Directions

By bus:

The following buses stop close to the Temple at bus stop “Garrick Villa”.

R68 Richmond to Hampton Court.

111 Kingston to Heathrow.

216 Kingston to Staines.


By train:

From Waterloo and Clapham Junction:

To Hampton Court terminus, then walk or R68 bus. To Hampton (on Shepperton line - not Hampton Wick), then walk or 111 or 216 bus to “Garrick Villa”.


By tube:

District Line to Richmond, then R68 to “Garrick Villa”.

District Line to Wimbledon, then train and bus as above.

Garrick's Temple to Shakespeare

Type:Historic Site

Hampton Court Road, Hampton, London, TW12 2EN

Tel: 020 8831 6000

Opening Times

Public opening times (26 Mar 2024 - 29 Oct 2024)
Sunday14:00 - 17:00

* The garden is open daily throughout the year 7:30 to dusk. Special group visits can be arranged at other times.

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