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Royal Gardens

Their history, form and function

An oil painting of a garden party at Buckingham Palace. Queen Victoria and Alexandra, Princess of Wales are returning to the Palace in an open carriage pulled by two grey horses; in the garden, on the left, the Prince of Wales is conversing to a couple in
The Garden Party at Buckingham Palace, 28 June 1897 ©

Over the centuries the gardens at various royal residences have provided a source of enjoyment for many members of the Royal Family. Some royal gardens have served practical purposes such as growing food for the court, whereas others have been devoted to more leisurely pursuits.

Royal gardens have formed the backdrop to many significant royal events, both private and official, and have allowed passionate royal gardeners an outlet for their creativity.

Using objects from across the Royal Collection, this trail explores ways in which the gardens have developed and been shaped by members of the Royal Family and highlights some of the most interesting features of each one. The gardens featured here still exist in some form today and many can be visited when the residences are open to the public.

Find out more about visiting the garden at Buckingham Palace and exploring the grounds at Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse below.

Visit a Royal Garden

Discover the history, majesty and serenity of Britain's royal gardens for yourself in summer 2022. Click on each site for more details.

Windsor Castle and The Savill Garden

Combine your visit to Windsor Castle with a group tour of The Savill Garden (min. 15 people)

Buckingham Palace and Garden

Add an exclusive Garden Highlight Tour to your State Rooms visit

The Gardens at the Palace of Holyroodhouse

Book a Physic Garden Talk and Palace Garden Tour for your group (min. 15 people)

Frogmore House and Gardens

Enjoy a Guided Tour around the stunning landscape garden with your group (min. 15 people)

Buckingham Palace: A Royal Garden


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The income from your ticket contributes directly to The Royal Collection Trust, a registered charity. The aims of The Royal Collection Trust are the care and conservation of the Royal Collection, and the promotion of access and enjoyment through exhibitions, publications, loans and educational activities.