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

Official Website: Hampstead Heath

Fee: No

Category: Parks Lakes

Address: Hampstead Grove
London NW3 6SP
United Kingdom

Reviews

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5 Star Rating I love visiting grand old parks or open spaces in different cities, it really gives you a taste of the flavor of each city I find. Of course London has... Read More

Bobby A. Mar-14-2019

4 Star Rating Gorgeous hilly and rugged park, with several "bathing ponds" - one for women, one for men, and one for everybody. Walking through open fields and forests,... Read More

Brian R. Oct-11-2018

3 Star Rating This huge park and Parliament Hill with spectacular views overlooking the city of London. There are green spaces and lots of walking trails. A great green... Read More

Linda R. Apr-03-2019

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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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Scenes from around Hampstead Heath on a beautiful spring morning

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