There are just a few days left of the summer holiday before school resumes so why not squeeze in one last family day out at The Magic Garden. From dragons to royal towers, the Magic Garden is a tribute to the myths and legends of life 500 years ago. We headed to Hampton Court Palace to catch a glimpse of the magic ourselves.
Open since March this year, the attraction has proved hugely popular with visitors of all ages and was given the royal seal of approval by the Duchess of Cambridge in May. The garden was originally the setting for jousts and tournaments during the Tudor Period and has been transformed into an enormous playground featuring mythical beasts, towers, slides and secret passages.
The play area includes sand, water, AstroTurf and a range of play equipment, all protected by a fearsome 25ft long smoke-breathing dragon.
We visited on a particularly sunny day so quite a lot of the children had changed into swimwear whilst they paddled around in the water area. I would advise bringing a change of clothes in case your little ones get a bit too overexcited!
At the ticket office you are given a colour coded wristband which allows for a certain amount of time to play in The Magic Garden. This is to regulate the crowds and you are allowed back into the garden later as long as you have been away for at least an hour.
After our time was up we headed to the Tiltyard Cafe for a spot of lunch. I was worried there wouldn’t be enough seating but the cafe is more like a large self-service canteen overlooking the gardens. You can enjoy a Sunday roast or coffee and cake and there are lunch deals especially for kids.
Other attractions include the maze and of course the palace itself. We just bought the Magic Garden and Maze only entry tickets which we purchased on the day. Children under the age of three go free, otherwise it’s £5.50 and £7.70 for adults. Entry is included in palace admission.
We had a really lovely time and I would definitely visit again! So if you’re looking for one last family day out before the kids go back to school why not make history fun and explore The Magic Garden (open until 29th October). You won’t be disappointed!
Have you visited The Magic Garden?
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