The Magic Garden at Hampton Court Palace

My family and I love an outing. And there is always extra excitement when we go somewhere for the first time. After a few months of hearing how lovely The Magic Garden is at Hampton Court Palace, we finally went for a visit a few weeks ago. First of all, I should probably explain what a magic garden is. It’s not really a garden, and there isn’t technically any magic. It’s not a proper playground, but it’s more than just some artificial grass.

The Magic Garden is a play area tucked in the splendour of Hampton Court Palace’s grounds. There is a big dragon for the children to climb on, a cute tree house to climb and sandpits for them to play in. Kids can climb, slide and roll around. Moozles and Dubz spent 90 minutes of non-stop activity. Their favourite bit was sliding down the grassy hills. They did this for ages, and even managed to get Husband and me in on the sliding fun. We only managed to drag Moozles and Dubz away with the promise of lunch in the cafe and a wander in The Maze.

The Magic Garden is open from spring/Easter until the 30 October. It is open Monday through Sunday, from 10am to 5.30pm. Entry is limited to 90-120 minutes, depending on how busy it is. We spent 90 minutes on our visit, and the kids were thoroughly exhausted (have a look at the vlog below to see more of our day). Tickets cost £7 per adult, £5 per child, with children under five going in for free (the ticket also gives you entry into The Maze, which we also loved).

There is limited parking on the grounds, but there is a bigger car park across the road. Hampton Court train station is only a couple of minutes walk from the Palace. And if you live in Kingston or Richmond, you could even take a boat there. We’re trying to plan another visit before The Magic Garden closes for the winter. It is such a fun day, for the children and the grown-ups.

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