Hampton Court Gardens are magnificent new gardens set in the grounds of a late medieval castle and surrounded by a thousand acres of parkland. Rescued from neglect in 1994, the gardens have been revived and transformed. Estate masons and carpenters have meticulously restored many original structures, and inspirational new features have been added. Today, water canals, island pavilions, avenues and borders complement the established planting of the earlier eras. The Gardens are a peaceful haven but also a place of exploration with a maze, Gothic Tower and secret tunnel to a waterfall. The Ornamental Kitchen Garden is both beautiful and productive and visitors can sample its delicious organic produce in the Orangery Restaurant, or enjoy a picnic on the lawn.
Founded by King Henry IV in the early 15th century as a reward for a knights bravery at Agincourt, the castle and gardens have been remodeled several times during their long history.
Ornamental working Kitchen Garden
150 yr old Wisteria Arch
Maze with hidden tunnel, tower and sunken garden
Not dog friendly. I have just read the information for dog owners on the Hampton Court Herefordshire and have never read such twaddle in my life. Absolutely makes no sense at all. Whoever wrote this obviously just doesn't like dogs and has never owned one.
The excuse reads 'Due to the risk to fragile interiors, flowers and our on going Environmental Protection Scheme, we regret that your dog cannot accompany you inside the castle, gardens, shop, café or on the river walks unless it is an assistance dog.'
'Fragile interiors' what on earth sort of harm is the family pet on a lead going to do in a 'fragile interior'? What a stupidly ignorant thing to say. The interiors are probably more in danger from a bored child or wilful toddler and I've got nothing against children having been the mother of two very physical sons. Presumably no dog owner has an house interior they can show off proudly.
Flowers I think I can say will be safe too - I've never known a dog to take any interest in flower. All the dog wants is be with it's family 'pack' and that's all.
Environmental well Hampton Court believe it or not if you provide us with a bin we will pick up after our dogs. I'm assuming you don't ban babies wearing disposable nappies or visitors driving gas guzzlers?
And thank you but having an area we can exercise our dogs doesn't really cut it if you're then suggesting we go off and leave them in the car - which is what a later paragraph on that page seems to be saying.
Talk to the owners of nearby Eastnor Castle - they've got it sorted.
Enjoyed a splendid visit today,will be back again.
I love gardening, and have spent many years looking at gorgeous garden photos when reading and researching gardening. I have also visited many gardens in my time and have to say that the planting at Hampton court in Hereford has to be the best I have seen. I just adored it, and want to go back again tomorrow. The yellow and blue borders were heavenly> The restrained but effective choice of plants had me tearing about with a notebook, hoping to remember the clever juxtaposition of plants.If you are still thinking about how to plant your own garden, get there by any means necessary!
Most impressed by the signs of careful cultivation everywhere which includes edibles as well as ornamental plants. Of note at this time are the glorious tulips of various hues and shapes and the espalier fruit trees. The descent from the tower in the centre of the maze into the darkness to emerge into the light and the sunken garden was a delight. The parkland hosts some magnificent mature trees and the riverside walk also gives views of farmland and the house. My only quibble was the lack of labelling but this might come in time.
Fabulous place to visit, especially for a photographer. So many different places, plants and features to see - love the place and hope to revisit sometime again in the future.
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