Hampton Court Castle
Castle, Gardens, Wedding Venue
Described as ‘Possibly the most ambitious private garden of our time…’ by Country Living Gardens Editor Stephanie Donaldson, Hampton Court Castle offers several acres of wide-ranging gardens set against the panoramic backdrop of the Herefordshire countryside.
Situated near Leominster, this Castle predates Hampton Court Palace by almost a 100 years, and over this period, the different owners have all left their mark on the spectacular Castle and grounds. This fascinating history can be seen today when visiting.
Open every day, from spring to autumn, the Gardens provide enjoyment for all ages. The organic Kitchen Garden is full of heritage varieties of fruit, a focus on companion planting, and generously sized cut flower beds. Perfect for those looking for allotment inspiration!
The Formal Gardens, with island pavilions surrounded by gently moving water, pleached avenues and herbaceous borders are a marvel to behold in any season. There are plentiful seating areas where visitors can relax before heading out through the impressive 160 year old Wisteria Arch. Spectacular when in flower, it is a real seasonal highlight and leads onto the expansive South Lawns.
Here visitors can delight in lunch or afternoon tea in the Joseph Paxton designed Orangery Cafe, or head into the Castle for a tour of this beautiful medieval building, which dates back to Henry IV. For those wishing to stretch their legs, the River Walk follows the banks of the River Lugg to the Castle lake.
Not to be missed is the Dutch Garden, a true haven of tranquility and symmetry. In contrast, the Sunken Garden is full of lush green foliage, winding paths, stepping stones and a waterfall, rewarding those that love a less formal approach to gardens. From here there is access to the 1,000-yew Maze and the Gothic Tower, which offers commanding views of the estate. The Maze is a particular favourite for children, especially when they discover the secret at its centre!
Hampton Court Castle is open from spring to autumn, from 10.30 – 5pm, with the last entry an hour before closing. For details of our varied program of summer events, please visit the what’s on page. Opening times and prices may vary for special events and the Castle may be closed on some days for private functions. Tickets for the Castle Tour can only be purchased in addition to garden tickets and garden season tickets are available from the Visitor Centre.
For full details to plan your visit, including pricing, please check the website before visiting. No dogs permitted anywhere on the Estate, except for assistance dogs.
Coach and private groups are made very welcome with special rates. Private dining room available for groups.
The Gardens are 80% accessible for wheelchairs and there is an accessible toilet. The ground floor of the Castle is accessible and wheelchair friendly. See our website for more details about accessibility.
Toilets on site: Yes
Car/Coach Parking: Yes
Length of Visit: Not restricted – we suggest a minimum of two hours to enjoy the gardens and grounds, last entry is 4pm. Castle Tours (when available) take 45 minutes, see our website for more information.
Location: Hampton Court Castle is based in Herefordshire, near the Welsh border. The main entrance is on the A417, 500 metres from its junction with the A49 between Hereford and Leominster.
Weddings at Hampton Court Castle – create your own history
Hampton Court Castle is a breathtaking, exclusive use wedding venue, licensed for civil ceremonies. Within this magical setting, discover a host of spectacular rooms for entertaining guests, award-winning gardens for those once-in-a-lifetime wedding photographs, expansive castle grounds and 24 unique castle bedrooms for the perfect wedding accommodation.
For more information about getting married or celebrating your wedding at Hampton Court Castle please visit our website.