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
Hours may be subject to change. Please verify on the official website, especially where Covid restrictions are in effect.
- 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
Shawn F. May-19-2021
Situated west of Hyde Park, this 260 acre green space was once the private gardens of Kensington Palace. My interest in visiting was mainly in tracking... Read More
Priscilla K. Jul-08-2021
You can experience breathtaking sights every step you take. The gardens are beautifully maintained and it's close to the Buckingham Palace and the Queen... Read More
Angy M. Aug-18-2020
Didn't make it into the palace but the gardens were so wonderful that it didn't end up mattering! There is so much peace and symmetry throughout this... 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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