Although Hampton Court Palace is, of course, absolutely lovely, one of my favourite parts were the gardens!
They are extensive, and there are several different kinds of gardens, including; the Privy Gardens, the Pond Gardens, the Great Fountain Garden, the Lower Orangery Gardens, the Knot Gardens, the 20th Century Gardens, the Rose Garden, and the Kitchen Gardens.
I was lucky enough to visit the Hampton Court Palace gardens on a Tuesday morning, when there were very few others around. The gardens are extensive, and summer is of course a magical time to see them in all their splendour!
My favourite of the gardens was the rose garden. I like that it’s accessible to the public without having to pay for entrance to the castle, and of course the fact that it is filled with all different kinds of roses. Walking in, it smells absolutely heavenly!
There’s a lovely little cafe called The Tiltyard just past the rose garden, and I’ve actually visited it a couple of times since, because they make the most delightful goat cheese pastry for lunches!
I also really love the Kitchen gardens – these are just next to the rose garden, and are full of vegetables, and different kinds of food! The food produced is used in the kitchens of the cafes on the site, but in the summer when they have a surplus of food they also host little farmer’s markets on Tuesdays, so that visitors can buy the produce!
There’s also a really cute ‘bug hunt’ that they host, so the kids can take a look at all the insects that are necessary to help make produce under the guidance of an entomologist!