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

Address: London W2 2UH, UK

Phone: 0300 061 2000

Official Website: Kensington Gardens

Map of nearby accommodations:


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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Rated 4.7 out of 5Kensington Gardens Star Rating

5 Star Rating Very popular and well maintained park with a separate children's adventure playground. Good variety of ducks, geese and swans in the Round Pond.My only gripe is that I wish there were more benches to watch the birds from.

MAIRE Ni BARRA - 2 days ago

5 Star Rating Beautiful place to have a stroll. Lots of things to look at as you wander around too. Serene, amazing to have such a fantastic Green space in the centre of such a busy city. Serpentine gallery in the middle too.

David Williams - 10 days ago

5 Star Rating In a word, relaxing. Escape the noise and chaos of the city and stroll through history at Kensington Gardens at Hyde Park. Lots of birds, playful dogs, ponds, trees, playgrounds, memorials, and fountains. Something for everyone...oh and Kensington Palace too...don't miss out when in London!

Garret Conover - 11 days ago

5 Star Rating Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park. The best parks in London! You can spend here a perfect time outside of London crowded streets. There is a lots of secret spots for a nice picnic. But you have to find them... And this is a very good place for jogging.

Mark Foreland - 11 days ago

5 Star Rating Favorite place to be at anytime of the day. “The lungs of London” Huge public park in the heart of London. There’s running tracks, relaxing benches, lakes, ponds, thousands of over hundreds years old trees, big “heaven of dogs” gardens etc. a lot of chipmunks and various kind of birds, feed them sensibly. People like to come here with their kids or pets. It’s also a short cut through the other side of the town.

Pk Desdenova - 1 month ago


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

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