Kensington Gardens

Kensington Gardens features magnificent formal flowerbeds and avenues of beautiful trees and several features that will appeal to all ages

A Peaceful Formal Pond Garden near the Palace in Kensington Gardens
A Peaceful Formal Pond Garden near the Palace in Kensington Gardens cc licensed photo by Alex Lecea

Kensington Gardens is contiguous with Hyde Park and covers 275 acres resulting in a total area of 625 acres of beautiful parkland in the heart of the city.

These beautiful gardens were at one time the private gardens of Kensington Palace. Bordering 'Long Water' that divides them from Hyde Park, the gardens have a number of neat features in addition to the tree lined avenues and flower beds.

For kids there is the Diana Playground, a Peter Pan themed playground with a pirate ship and beach that was made in 2000 in memory of the Princess of Wales. Kids and adults will enjoy the Round Pond with it's variety of birds and where model ships have been sailed since Victorian times.

Created in 1861 the Italian Gardens are an ornamental water garden decorated with fountains, statues and ponds. Also built in 1861 is the Albert Memorial, a gold plated statue of Prince Albert encompassed by large sculptures and a canopy of stone.

Kensington Palace stands at the west end of the gardens. It was Queen Victoria's birthplace and has served as a royal palace since 1689. The State Rooms can be visited by the public subject to an admission charge (see below), however admission is free with the London Pass.

To satisfy your appetite the Boardwalk Cafe is open year round and has an outdoor seating area and also offers a children's menu. The gardens also have a couple of refreshment points serving coffee, sandwiches and other light fare.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: No

Currently Closed

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 6:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 6:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 6:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Thursday: 6:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Friday: 6:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Saturday: 6:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Sunday: 6:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Address: London W2 2UH, UK

Phone: 0300 061 2000

Official Website: Kensington Gardens

Directions

Tube Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Central LineQueensway and Lancaster Gate1 Minute
District and Circle LinesBayswater5 Minutes

How to get to Kensington Gardens by Tube

From Lancaster Gate exit to your right and when you get to the crosswalk cross over to the park gate. Follow the path that goes in a southwesterly direction from the Italian Gardens.

From Queensway Station exit to your right walk west on Bayswater Road to the crosswalk adjacent to the park gate. Cross over and follow the Broadwalk path straight south into the park.

From Bayswater Station on the Central line exit to your right and walk south along B411 to Bayswater Road proceed as above.

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Reviews

Rated 4.7 out of 5Kensington Gardens Star Rating

4 Star Rating This is a really beautiful park (situated within Hyde Park). It's a fantastic place to come for a walk but particularly great for children and dogs. The scenery is spectacular so it's no wonder it's popular with tourists. There's an excellent playground for children too.

phippskat - 2 days ago

5 Star Rating My favourite Park in London, along with Holland Park which is not too far. I spent so many hours there during the summer but also for winter walks. It is where you can find some peace in the craziness of London.

Boris Donnadieu - 6 days ago

5 Star Rating We had such an amazing summer this year 2018. First time visiting Kensington gardens lovely part to take long walks relax hang out with friends and family. Restaurant in the park never went in but next time.

Malaika Natural Hair - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Fabulous walk from Hyde Park. Great for families, picnics, relaxing, having fun, or sunbathing. Beautiful plants, trees, flowers, and shrubs. Cafes and toilets. The Italian Garden is wonderful - water and colour. The Sunken Garden, up by the Palace, is a must visit. Easy access.

roland j. ruttledge Local Guide - 2 months ago

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Great video about both the history and recent redisign of the Kensington Palace Gardens

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