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
Official Website: Kensington GardensFee: No
- Monday: 6:00 am - 8:30 pm
- Tuesday: 6:00 am - 8:30 pm
- Wednesday: 6:00 am - 8:30 pm
- Thursday: 6:00 am - 8:30 pm
- Friday: 6:00 am - 8:30 pm
- Saturday: 6:00 am - 8:30 pm
- Sunday: 6:00 am - 8:30 pm
The Royal Parks
London W2 2UH
Phone: +44 300 061 2000
Rachel W. Apr-21-2019
Absolutely lovely place to walk through. We went early in the morning, which was the best idea. Really interesting to think about the people who have lived... Read More
Ken C. Jul-27-2018
Ab fab! One of my favorite parks and not only because I haunted this place when I lived in Bayswater for a year as a child, but also because its plantings,... Read More
Chris R. Feb-10-2019
It's for the birds... I mean that in the best way! From the parakeets, to the herons, to the swans, to the owls (and so many more), this park was an... Read More
Accommodations near Kensington Gardens:
|Tube Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|Central Line||Queensway and Lancaster Gate||1 Minute|
|District and Circle Lines||Bayswater||5 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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