There is something for literally everyone in the family at Hampton Court Palace and the new Magic Garden


We are members at Hampton Court in Surrey (UK), though we haven’t been for a few months as we have been so busy! But we were lucky enough to enjoy unexpectedly sunny weather for October, when we visited with some old friends yesterday.
We spent a couple hours at the magic garden playground. It’s been open for about 6 months, and is still incredibly popular especially with kids age 5 and under. Their favourite activity seems to be sliding down the hill which is covered in fake grass! It reminds me of the landscape in Teletubbies! Among other things there are majestic towers with bridges linking them, several slides, a “life-size” dragon to climb on, and an area with sand and water play which is great for the little ones (bring a change of clothes!)

As well as some decent toilets, there’s a handy cafe in the playground area, so you can get your coffee fix…and they sell Tropicana juice boxes (£1.50) and ice creams too. If you want more substantial food the Tiltyard cafe is not far from the magic garden and you can get all manner of lunch fodder there. The fish and chips seemed very popular, and they have some nice cake and tasty brownies too (my daughter tells me, I didn’t actually get to taste it!)


We then happened upon some amusing live entertainment, en route to the famous Hampton Court maze where my husband tells me he genuinely got lost with the kids…but apparently in an enjoyable way. I steered clear this time as our littlest was napping by now in the buggy.

We then took a quick look around the palace, but our plan is to return to see that properly another day, perhaps with just our oldest, as by now thanks to the little ones we were pretty exhausted!

All in all a lovely day! Highly recommend. My top tip is get there early and if you drive you can park your car in Bushey park, where parking is free. It’s then about a 5-10 min walk to Hampton court.

Sadly the magic garden itself will be shut for the winter but there are still a couple more days left till closing (Sunday 30 October is the last day you can visit it, till it reopens in spring 2017).

Further details can be found on their website, link below:


For another fun family day out not far from London, please read my post about Bocketts Farm:

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