Hampton Court Palace has unveiled the Magic Garden – a new immersive outdoor experience set to bring Tudor history to life for visitors between March and October.

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The new garden takes inspiration from the Tudor designs of Hampton Court Palace, and is set within King Henry VIII’s former tiltyard where Tudor tournaments used to be played out.

The Magic Garden is an outdoor area for playing and learning – great for groups with families. The outdoor attraction will be populated with representations of mythical beasts – including a 25 meter long dragon.

It’s been described as a playful take on Hampton Court Palace’s history, with the aim of teaching visitors young and old about the Tudors through sensory and visual experiences.

There will be battlements to storm, towers to besiege, and a secret grotto to discover, as well as a jousting arena and an encampment of Tudor tents.

The rich history and legends of the Tudor court will be reinterpreted in the new garden, from the playful ‘perspective pergola’, reflecting changing fortunes in a tumultuous time, to the ‘wild wood’, evoking the hunting grounds of Henry VIII.

The Magic Garden will be available to visit between 21st March and the end of October half-term, open daily between 10am and 6pm.

Group visiting information

Entry to the garden is included with a palace admission ticket; or GTOs can buy separate Magic Gardens tickets.

There are discounted Hampton Court Palace tickets for parties of 15 or more.

GTOs who would like to organise a longer visit have the opportunity to book a Palace Accredited Guide for a tour of the palace and gardens.

Coach parking is free on Hampton Court Green, a 15 minute walk from the main entrance of the palace. Coach parking is also available at Hampton Court Station for a charge.

For further group travel information visit www.hrp.org.uk.

(Photo credit: Historic Royal Palaces).