RHS Hampton Court Palace Preview Evening

4 July 2016

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Hampton Court Palace

East Molesey


Hampton Court and Kingston stations are approximately 30 minutes from London Waterloo, with frequent trains. The showground is a 15 minute walk or short ferry ride (£2.50 for a single journey) from Hampton Court station, or a 30 minute cruise from Kingston station (£6 single, £7.50 return). For more information about ferry services, visit www.turks.co.uk

For further information about rail services, visit the National Rail Enquiries website, call 0845 748 4950* or text the station name to 84950 to use the new TrainTracker Text service. Visitors with hearing impairments can use the National Rail textphone service by calling 0845 605 0600*.

For more information about South West Trains, visit the South West Trains website.

* Calls cost 7p per minute plus your telephone service provider’s access charge

Tube & bus

Take the District Line to Richmond tube station, then the R68 bus from Richmond to Hampton Court. Buses 411 from Kingston station, 216 from Staines and 111 from Hounslow also stop close to Hampton Court. For more information on timetables, stops or prices visit the Transport for London website.


Turks Launches run ferry services on the river from Hampton Court railway station to the Thames Entrance/Exit. For more information see www.turks.co.uk.


Please arrange a pick up/drop off point outside the showground to avoid congestion.
Please do not order taxis to pick you up from the Stud gate car park. Taxis attempting to enter the car park at the end of the evening will be turned away.

Driving directions

From Central London, take the A3 and then the A308. From the M25, use junction 11. On the approach to Hampton Court Palace, please ignore your satellite navigation systems and follow the temporary road signs and instructions from traffic management staff.

Find out the latest traffic information from the Highways Agency website.

Car parking

During the Preview, all guests are entitled to free parking. A pass is not required.

There are two car parking options:

Green Car Park

  • Pro: Easier exit at the end of the evening. Approximate exit time to be confirmed.
  • Con: Approximate 15 minute walk (from Palace Garden Gate) or 20 minute walk (from Thames Gate) back to the car park.

If arriving from the A308 from Sunbury, Staines, M3, M25 (J12), please enter the Green Car Park via the Green Gate. Entry to the Preview Evening is a stroll through the Palace Grounds, entering through the Palace Garden Gate Entrance.

Exit the Preview Evening through either the Palace Garden Gate or the Thames Gate following the riverside footpath back to the Green Car Park - this is an approximate 20 minute walk.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Palace Garden Gate will be closed from 10.00pm - 10.25pm for the firework display. No exit will be allowed through this gate during this time.

Stud Gate Car Park

  • Pro: Short walk to the showground
  • Con: Due to everyone leaving at the same time, exit can take up to one hour at the end of the evening, so please be prepared to wait.

If arriving from the A308 from Kingston, Richmond & Hampton Wick, enter the Stud Gate Car Park via the Stud Gate. Entry to and exit from the Preview is through the Long Water Gate.

Disabled Visitors – please display your blue/orange badge prominently on the dashboard to aid the car parking stewards in directing you to the relevant area of the car park.

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