I was very excited to take my mum to the Hampton Court Palace. She loves gardening and I knew she’ll love the place. It’s a long journey to the ‘Valley of happiness’, but it’s worth it. Did you know that the palace was opened to visitors for the first time by Queen Victoria in 1838, when she was 19 years old!
The palace itself is massive and there’s a lot learn and explore. However I am always more interested in the outdoors activities such as exploring the gardens, smelling the flowers, picnics and getting lost in the maze.
Hampton Court Palace grounds
Inspired by the gardens of Versailles, the Hampton Court Palace gardens are magnificent. Covering 60 acres of land the gardens feature beautiful fountains, millions of different flowers and plants and a 300 year old Maze! More than enough to see and do all day long.
Picnic at the palace
It’s not often you get to have a picnic in the grounds of a palace surrounded by perfectly manicured gardens. And when the opportunity comes along, all you have to is take it. Besides, there isn’t a better excuse to bake and eat a cake. Just remember to clean up after yourself!
The Privet Garden
The Privet garden, restored to its former glory, just like the king William III would have seen it, was our favourite. We loved the symmetrical patterns and the sculptures. The weather was perfect for exploring the grounds and if anything the dark grey clouds only added drama to the atmospheric garden.
The rose garden
A palace is not a palace if it doesn’t have a rose garden, in my opinion anyway. But I always enjoy a quintessential English rose garden, the stunning scents and colours always inspire me to go and create something beautiful.
A cone of ice cream and a cup of tea later and we were ready to brave the 300 years old Maze. Apparently it’s the most famous maze in history of the world! That’s what the official Hampton Court Palace website states. I can’t say my orientation is brilliant, but we got out of the Maze fairly quickly, pure luck. I think my mum was secretly pleased about it though.
The Chapel Court
The Chapel Court or a Tudor Garden has been created to commemorate the 500th anniversary of King Henry VIII’s accession to the throne in 1509. The garden is planted with herbs and flowers that were popular in England back in 16th century and also includes several very heraldic royal beasts.