Some more outdoor space to enjoy!
For the last three months, Hampton Court Palace has been out of bounds to the public, besides a lovely, virtual peek at their stunning gardens.
But now, as restrictions start to ease, the beautiful gardens and outdoor spaces will reopen to the public. In a statement released today (June 12) by Historic Royal Palaces, it has been confirmed that the spaces will be open in time for the summer sunshine, as the gardens will be welcoming visitors from Thursday, June 18. There is no word of when the indoor areas will reopen, but they hope for it to “follow in line with the latest advice”.
The return of the gardens marks the first step in reopening the UK’s mesmerising royal palaces, with Hillsborough Castle and Gardens in Northern Ireland also set to welcome visitors to their gardens. Since Londoners are unlikely to be paying that one a visit, however, the gardens at Hampton Court Palace are likely to prove the more tempting draw.
They’ve promised hygiene standards “fit for a king” and plenty of hand sanitiser on site, to go with social distancing measures to ensure the safety of staff and the public. As to when we’ll be able to peek inside these exalted spaces (including the Tower of London and Kensington Palace), Historic Royal Palaces have said “our work preparing our other outdoor spaces for reopening continues, with indoor spaces at the palaces to follow in line with the latest advice. We look forward to sharing more updates with you soon.”
We’ll keep you updated with more information on the reopening of Historic Royal Palaces in London as we have it.