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).

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

Official Website: Kensington Gardens

Fee: No

Address: London, UK

Phone: 0300 061 2000

Official Website: Kensington Gardens


Rated 4.7 out of 5Kensington Gardens Star Rating

5 Star Rating Beautiful area and gardens. Lots of families and dogs enjoy the great weather and beauty. It is a tribute to the area that so much parkland has been kept to be enjoyed by all.

Bill Thane - 12 days ago

5 Star Rating My favourite garden where i daily love to have a nice walk and when I want to relax, I love sitting there at round pound and enjoying 🐦 birds' views. Highly recommended if someone wants to spend peaceful time. ✌️

Ameema Khan - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Kensington Gardens is one of London's eight Royal Parks and is spread out over 265 acres. It is beautifully maintained and easily accessible by tube. There is a small cafe near the entrance that leads to the Italian Garden, and the toilets are next to the cafe. There is a 20 pence charge to use the toilets, and it will only accept credit or debit cards. The garden is a calm oasis from the hustle and bustle of the city. It's a great place to hike, walk the dogs, or bring the kids on a day outing. If you walk towards Kensington Palace, the exit near there brings you onto Kensington High Street. There are plenty of dining options on the high street.

William Ho - 2 days ago

5 Star Rating Gorgeous park! Super lush and green. Fresh air and beautiful views all around. Can't recommend this park enough.

Prakhar Srivastav - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Kensington Palace is an enchanting slice of London’s history and royalty. Nestled in the heart of Kensington Gardens, this palace offers a captivating journey through time and the lives of British monarchs. From the moment you step through its ornate gates, you’re transported to a world of opulence and elegance. The State Apartments are a highlight, showcasing stunning period rooms with intricate details, luxurious furnishings, and exquisite artwork. The King’s and Queen’s State Apartments offer a glimpse into the lives of William III and Mary II, and Queen Victoria. The palace also pays homage to the late Princess Diana, with the touching Diana: Her Fashion Story exhibit. It’s a moving tribute to her style and her humanitarian work, making it a must-see for admirers of the People’s Princess. The Sunken Garden, located within the palace grounds, is a horticultural masterpiece. Its vibrant floral displays change with the seasons, offering a serene place for reflection and photos. Kensington Palace’s historical significance, stunning architecture, and the way it blends the past with the present make it a captivating destination. Whether you’re a history buff, a royal enthusiast, or simply seeking a taste of London’s grandeur, a visit to Kensington Palace is an unforgettable experience.

rohit bamane - 2 months ago

Accommodations near Kensington Gardens:


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