Through the Keyhole – The Magic Garden, Hampton Court

MGSometimes it so easy to get wrapped up in the day-to-day of normal life and forget what veritable treats are right on your doorstep.  Raising children in London isn’t without its stresses but we are also so lucky to have some amazing adventures just a short hop away.

Last weekend the Mr N and I decided to embrace this and we loaded up the troops and headed off to Hampton Court to see their new Magic Garden.  What a treat it was.  Set just past the most amazing Veggie Patch (Mr McGregor eat your heart out) lies a wonderful garden designed solely to please the hearts of children.  Inspired by the history and stories of Hampton Court, you will find Tiltyard Towers, aerial walkways, slides, magical beast’s lairs, sand and water play, a huge bejewelled crown and did I mention the dragon?  Basically there is loads going on and as with any new attraction it did get pretty busy.  We arrived bang on 10 o clock and had a blissful forty minutes or so before it started to fill up.

Little A exploring

Top tip: you can buy tickets at the Magic Garden so don’t feel you need to queue up at the main ticket hall if you don’t want to go into the Palace itself

We bought tickets that covered The Magic Garden and the Maze and that easily kept us entertained for 2.5 hours.  There is a coffee shop for your caffeine fix at the Magic Garden and when it gets too busy head over to The Maze for some old-school fun rambling around it.  Little A took great pleasure navigating our way to the centre albeit after a few false starts.

All in all a great addition to the London Kids Scene and perfect for anyone 2-13 yrs old.

All in the detail:

The Magic Garden is at Hampton Court Palace
Open 7 days a week, 10am-6pm
There is good car parking on site but we went early to avoid the crowds
You can buy tickets at the Magic Garden so don’t bother queuing up in the central ticket hall in the palace
Coffee Shop and facilities within the Garden
We bought tickets that included the Magic Garden & the Maze
Adults: £7.70 and children £5.50 each
Kids under 5 are free
Click here for more info and to buy tickets

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