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7. Hampton Court Gardens and Castle

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Hampton Court Gardens and Castle

Hampton Court, Herefordshire is a castle on the meadows of the river Lugg, backed by a steep wooded escarpment and surrounded by woodland and grounds of 1,000 acres. Founded by King Henry in the early 15th century the castle has been completely restored. The Van Kampen Gardens at Hampton Court Herefordshire, are one of the most ambitious garden creations of our time.

Original Victorian garden walls enclose stunning new flower gardens divided by canals, island pavilions and pleached avenues. The kitchen garden is an organically managed ornamental garden of fruit and vegetables, supplying produce to the Orangery Restaurant for its seasonal menu.

There is a maze of a thousand yews with a gothic tower at its centre. Climb to the top for a panoramic view of the gardens or descend underground to a tunnel that leads to a waterfall. Beautiful herbaceous borders stretch out from a one hundred and fifty year old wisteria tunnel that leads to vast lawns in the sunken garden and ancient trees beside the castle. Beyond the lawns are riverside and woodland walks.

Adjoining the castle, in a grand conservatory designed by Joseph Paxton, is the Orangery Restaurant serving delicious lunches and teas.

The garden shop sells plants from the garden, homemade produce from the castle kitchens and local crafts and gifts.

Hampton Court Gardens and Castle Address:
Hampton Court Gardens
Herefordshire
HR6 0PN
England, UK

Hampton Court Gardens and Castle Opening Times:
1st June to 31st August, Daily, 11.00 am to 5.00 pm.
1st September to 31st October, Tuesday to Sunday, 11.00 am to 5.00 pm.
1st November to 18th December, Saturday and Sunday, 11.00 am to 4.00 pm.
 
Hampton Court Gardens and Castle Admission:
 
Hampton Court Castle and Gardens
Adults £9.00
Senior Citizens £7.50
Children (5 to 16 years) £4.50
Children under 5 years free
Family (2 adults and 3 children) £22.50
 
Hampton Court Gardens Only
Adults £6.00
Senior Citizens £5.00
Children (5 to 16 years) £3.00
Children under 5 years free
Family (2 adults and 3 children) £15.00
 
T  +44 (0)1568 797 777
 
+44 (0)1568 797472
 

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