Hampton Court Castle, Gardens & Parkland
Described as 'Possibly the most ambitious private garden of our time...' by Country Living Gardens Editor Stephanie Donaldson, Hampton Court Castle offers twelve acres of wide-ranging gardens set against the panoramic backdrop of the Herefordshire countryside. Pre-dating Hampton Court Palace by almost 100 years, the Castle's interior and gardens have been shaped by its various owners throughout the centuries. This offers a fascinating history that is reflected in everything that visitors can see today.
Keen gardeners will take great pleasure in the highly acclaimed organic Kitchen Gardens, home to many heritage varieties as well as generously sized cut flower beds, with a focus on companion planting, scent and vibrant colours. Those looking for tranquil spaces need look no further than the Formal Gardens, through which water flows around island pavilions and down impressive canals. There are numerous herbaceous borders and the Rose Garden to enjoy before entering the expansive South Lawns through the 160-year old Wisteria Arch.
Visitors can pause here for lunch or afternoon tea in the Orangery Cafe before having a tour of the beautiful medieval Castle dating back to Henry IV. Many choose to continue exploring along the picturesque River Walks, following the banks of the River Lugg to the Castle's Lake. Lastly, there is the verdant Sunken Garden to enjoy. It has winding paths surrounded by lush green foliage with a mix of stepping stones, secret tunnels and a waterfall. From here visitors can access the 1,000-yew maze, which has a central gothic tower with stunning views.
Opening Times: Open every day from April to autumn, 10.30am - 5pm. Opening times and prices may vary for special events and the Castle may be closed on some days for private functions. Please see our website. No dogs permitted anywhere on the Estate, except for assistance dogs.
Admission Charges: (Gardens only) Adults £9.50, Seniors (65+) £8.50, Child (4-15) £5.50 under 4's free. Family ticket £28.00 (2 adults, 3 children maximum).
Additional Charges: (Optional castle tour, must be purchased with garden ticket) Adults £5.00, Seniors (65+) £4.50, Child (4-15) £3.00 under 4's free. Family ticket £14.00 (2 adults, 3 children maximum).
Group Rates: Coach and private groups made very welcome with special rates. Private dining room available for groups.
On-site Facilities: Orangery Cafe, Ice Cream Parlour*, Giftshop*, Flower & Plant Shop*. *Please refer to the website for up-to-date opening information.
Disabled Access: Gardens are 80% accessible for wheelchairs. See our website for more details.
Toilets on site: Yes
Car/Coach Parking: Yes
Length of Visit: Not restricted, we suggest a minimum of two hours to enjoy the gardens and grounds, last entry is 4pm.
Booking Contact: Visitor Centre, Hampton Court Castle, Hope under Dinmore, Herefordshire, HR6 0PN
Telephone: 01568 797777
Location: Hampton Court Castle is based in Herefordshire, near the Welsh border. The entrance is on the A417, 500 metres from its junction with the A49 between Hereford and Leominster.
Updated: May 2021