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
  • Wednesday: Open 24 hours
  • Thursday: Open 24 hours
  • Friday: Open 24 hours
  • Saturday: Open 24 hours
  • Sunday: Open 24 hours

Address: London, UK

Phone: 020 7332 3322

Official Website: Hampstead Heath

Map of nearby accommodations: Booking.com

Directions

Tube Line Nearest Station Walking Time
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 Absolutely amazing park. Been there since I was 3 and I continued going there until I had to move. It's so big and there's so much to explore.

Leon L - 1 day ago

5 Star Rating Beautiful green place .. pride of London. This place is huge.. you can easily forget that you're actually in London :)

Kristie Kupci - 2 days ago

5 Star Rating What's not to love about Hampstead heath? It's huge, got swimming ponds, a lido, running track, playground, paddling pools, tennis courts, 2 very good cafes, and frankly it's simply stunning. Go on a week day to really appreciate it.

Kieran Macdonald Hall - 3 days ago

4 Star Rating I do not know anyone that does not like this amazing large park, it has so much to offer and you once in it you would never know you are in London, well worth crashing out for a refresh of the brain if you need to take time out or just in the area, walk though it and you will know what i mean.

Tony Sargeant - 13 days ago

5 Star Rating A piece of beautiful nature in the heart of London. Beautiful views - you can't really tell that you are in a city. Fresh air, a few ponds you can even swim in and many paths to hike, run or walk your dog.

Magda Mach - 16 days ago

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Scenes from around Hampstead Heath on a beautiful spring morning

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