Hampstead Heath

Hampstead Heath provides a great place to escape the crowds and noise of the city and enjoy some fabulous scenery and views

Relaxing by One of the Heath's Many Ponds
Relaxing by One of the Heath's Many Ponds cc licensed photo by ChodHound

Hampstead Heath is an 800 acre wilderness park located along a ridge in the northern part of London. It provides Londoner's with a beautiful nearby wilderness escape and several amenities.

This large wilderness features a rambling network of walking paths through open grassy areas and woodlands. Ponds in the park are designated for various uses, a couple as swimming pools, one serves as a small fishing lake and another for model boating. Other amenities include a lido, a sports field and playgrounds. During the spring and summer months, many varieties of wildflowers carpet the grassy areas and surround some of the ponds. Birdwatchers will be able to observe a wide variety of waterfowl, songbirds and more.

Parliament Hill, which rises 322 feet above the city of London, is one of the highlights. A short hike up this gentle hill provides some excellent views of the London skyline.

Adjoining the Heath on the western border is Golders Hill Park. This grassy park features a formal flower garden, a water garden and a duck pond. It also has a small zoo. Unlike the Heath however the park is fenced and it is closed during the night.

Famous poet, John Keats and Landscape painter John Constable both found inspiration for their work from this beautiful area.

All in all, Hampstead Heath is an awesome place to enjoy a pleasant day away from the crowds of the city

Download a detailed City of London PDF map of the entire Hampstead Heath to print out at home from the links below.

PDF Download: Hampstead Heath Trail Map Size .54MB

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: No

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  • Monday: Open 24 hours
  • Tuesday: Open 24 hours
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Address: London, UK

Phone: 020 7332 3322

Official Website: Hampstead Heath

Directions

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Northern LineHampstead Station10 Minutes

How to get to Hampstead Heath by Tube

From Hampstead Station exit left onto Holly Hill then go left {north) on Flask Walk (stay right where Flask Walk splits) and then continue north on Well Walk to the path into Hampstead Heath. It is about 10 minutes to the edge of the Heath.

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Reviews

Rated 4.7 out of 5Hampstead Heath Star Rating

5 Star Rating Men's pond is at its best early morning in December...the Heath is heart warming too. Amazing oasis in a busy metropolis. London.

gabriel abramovich - 2 days ago

5 Star Rating Great place to escape the city without leaving London. Fantastic walk and great views. Fresh air for those who just need a breather!

Norbert Janowicz - 5 days ago

4 Star Rating Loved the park. The bathing ponds are nice during summer, but you have to pay something like 2 pounds to swim in it.

Diego Laranja - 27 days ago

5 Star Rating Grew up nearby, walked my dog and played with my brothers here every week. This park will always hold a place in my heart.

Max - 27 days ago

4 Star Rating ++good for Badger-spotting. Less so if its beaver you're looking for. And please be one of the good guys and pick up any litter.

Gary Worden - 1 month ago

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Scenes from around Hampstead Heath on a beautiful spring morning

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