Plan Your Visit
Everything you need to know about the show
Show times (2 – 7 July 2024)
Tuesday 2 – Saturday 6 July
10am – 6.30pm
Sunday 7 July
10am – 5.30pm (sell off of displays begins at 4pm)
The RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival is held on the grounds of Hampton Court Palace in East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU.
If arriving by car, please do not use this postcode, but follow the directional signage on approach, which will guide you to the nearest car park with space.
We welcome car-free visitors to Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival! It's easy to reach us by train, bus, bike and foot. Plan your car-free journey at Good Journey.
This information is correct at the time of writing, but is subject to change.
Travel by train
The closest railway station to the show is Hampton Court, however, there are also trains to Kingston and Surbiton, which run more frequently. All are operated by South Western Railway.
It is a 7 minute train from Surbiton to Hampton Court Station, a short walk from the Palace.
From Kingston Station – take one of the very regular buses (111 / 216 / 411 / 461) to Hampton Court Green, and walk approx. 15 minutes to Ditton Gate.
From Hampton Court Station – approx. walk 20 minutes to Ditton Gate and Long Water Gate.
If you’re travelling in a small group of three to nine people you can save 34% with South Western Railway GroupSave discount.Download a map of the area around the showground (166 kB pdf)
Park & Ride service
There is a Park & Ride service available at Apps Court Farm on the A3050 – also known as Red Car Park. The cost is £12 per day, available to pre-book or payable on the day by card only.
This car park is located outside of the ULEZ Charging Zone. The journey time is approximately a 15-20 minutes to the drop-off point at the foot of Hampton Court Bridge
Bus journey time: 15–20 minutes; walking time: approx. 10–20 minutes.
Travel by car
Car parks cost £16 in advance; accessible parking is £9 in advance.
If you are planning to drive to the show, please use KT8 9AU to get you to the local area and then follow AA signs and electronic signs to your nearest car park.
Please allow adequate time for your journey as, while we endeavour to keep traffic free-flowing, situations beyond our control may cause delays.
It is advisable to pre-book your parking in advance via our website; however, there are card payment machines available at each car park entrance for on-the-day sales.
There are two car parks available at the show (in addition to the Park & Ride):
- Black Car Park – situated off the A308 Hampton Court Road (coming from Kingston): 5-10min approx. walk to Long Water Gate
- Green Car Park – situated off the A308 Hampton Court Road (coming from M3): 5-20min approx. walk to Ditton Gate via the Palace grounds
- The Black and Green car parks are located within the ULEZ Charging Zone.
- A frequent shuttle and mobility bus runs from Green Car Park to Long Water Gate. Please check with the nearest steward for up-to-date timings (traffic dependant)
If you have purchased Disabled Parking and / or mobility equipment, you should head to Black Car Park.
Download a map of the area around the showground (166 kB pdf)
A permit is required to drop off coach passengers. Please email [email protected] to arrange this.
If you are travelling by coach, your coach will park in the Hampton Court Green Car Park. To reach the showground, there are two options:
- Walking – 20 minutes to Ditton Gate through the Palace Grounds. This requires using a footbridge
- Shuttle and mobility buses – These run back and forth from Green Car Park to Long Water Gate Entrance
Please note: These shuttle buses will run continuously, however, there may be a wait depending on the traffic. Please check with the nearest steward for wait times. You can return via the same method when you leave the showground.
Bike racks are available at both entrances.
The show has two public entrances/exit gates.
- Ditton Gate – situated in the Palace Grounds. This is closest to Green Car Park and Hampton Court Station
- Long Water Gate – situated in Black Car Park. The shuttle and mobility buses from Green Car Park and Surbiton Station will drop off here
This is a temporary, outdoor event on open parkland and is subject to varying weather and ground conditions. Although some temporary trackway is laid, much of the event is staged on open ground and care must be taken.
We therefore advise that you check the weather forecast for the day of your visit, consider the nature of the event and the effects of any inclement weather on surface conditions, and wear suitable clothing and footwear. In extreme weather conditions, access may be restricted in the interest of safety.
Random bag searches are in operation.
Show guidesThe RHS Hampton Court Garden Festival guide includes the complete exhibitor listings, show highlights and a fully illustrated guide to the Show Gardens and features. The show guide also contains a detailed map of the showground.
Show guides are available to purchase in advance with your tickets for £7 plus £3 p&p (posting is only available within the UK). Alternatively you can buy a guide at the show for £10.
Well-behaved pet dogs (one per booking) are permitted at this show. Dogs must be kept on leads at all times and will not be allowed into any of the indoor café areas. Please fully consider the welfare of your pet, and whether the show environment is suitable, before deciding to bring them, particularly in hot weather.
Please note: Dogs are not allowed through the Palace grounds. Visitors driving to the show should head for the Black Car Park at Long Water Gate, or if walking from Hampton Court Station, follow signs to Paddock Gate to access Long Water Gate.
Each paying adult can bring two children aged under 5 free of charge (no ticket required). Tickets for children aged 5 to 16 years are £8.
There is a range of activities to keep children entertained at the show.
Baby changing and feeding
There are baby changing and feeding facilities at the show.
ATMs and bank facilities
The Ticket Office is cashless. All vendors take card payments, but there is a cashpoint at the show. A small charge applies for this service.
RHS Gardening Advice
The RHS Gardening Advice stand, located in the Floral Marquee, is staffed by our team of experts.
At the RHS we are committed to protecting plant health and ask that visitors bring photographs of their plant problems to our shows rather than live plant material. This applies when visiting the RHS Gardening Advice stands or exhibitors.
Shop and drop
We have a shop-and-drop facility where you will be able to leave your purchases for collection at the end of your visit. This is a free service run by the charity Perennial. Donations are gratefully received.
There are also Plant Porters who are able to transport your purchases from the Shop & Drop closer to your car using wheelbarrows. Please discuss these options with the porters; they are unable to travel as far as Green Car Park (as it is located over the main road).
The lost property is located at Visitor Information near the Long Water Gate entrance. Unclaimed items are kept for one month and plants for 24 hours, before being donated to local charities.
Please contact us at [email protected].uk for further information.
Picnic/seating areasThere are numerous seating areas around the showground, including picnic benches and deckchairs.
Music and entertainment
You can enjoy a variety of talks and entertainment at the bandstands and stages around the showground. Check for timetables situated near each area. Timetables will also be in the show guide and on the festival signs nearby.
Accessibility at the showWe want to give as many people as possible the opportunity to enjoy RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival. For a complete guide on what to expect before you arrive, when you arrive and during your visit, please see our detailed guide.
See accessibility information for our other RHS Shows.
The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.