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Trail

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 beautiful green spaces of Britain's working royal palaces for yourself this summer

Berkshire
Windsor Castle

1,000 years of royal history set among the vast green expanse of Windsor Home Park

London
The Garden at Buckingham Palace

A unique opportunity to discover this famous walled oasis in the heart of the capital

Edinburgh
Holyroodhouse Garden Tours for groups

The ruins of a 12th-century abbey and a serene royal garden at the foot of Arthur's Seat