Towers to climb, water to splash in, hills to slide down….and a Dragon! What’s not to love about the Magic Garden at Hampton Court Palace?!
The garden is inspired by the fairy-tale quality of the Tudor palace and has lots of great sensory play. We met up with two of my school friends and their children, ranging in age from 1-9, and there was plenty to keep them all happy.
Little miss A headed straight for the beach and puddles! There were lots of water pumps, which J loved, a stream to play in and a water spouting dragon to climb on too. I didn’t realise there was going to be any water so wasn’t prepared but luckily my friend had brought a towel and we had some spare clothes. If I went again, I would take their swimming costumes too.
The bigger kids loved climbing the battlements and towers and sliding down the large faux grass hill. There is an amphitheatre style space in the middle of the garden which was lovely to sit in and watch the children run around and roll down the sides.
We took a picnic along to enjoy in the pretty grounds of the palace – including lovely vegan, nut free cakes made by one of my friends! There is a cafe in the Magic Garden though and another one just outside but I didn’t check out their allergy information.
During busy times they limit your time to between 90 to 120 minutes but you can leave and return later. We had some lunch and a wander round the maze and then went back again for another play. It cost £7.70 per adult and children under 5 go free, which includes the maze, so it wasn’t an expensive day out and I would definitely recommend it.