Kensington Gardens features magnificent formal flowerbeds and avenues of beautiful trees and several features that will appeal to all ages
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.
Of course Kensington Palace itself 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, 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.
For more information about the features and amenities of Kensington Gardens visit the official website: The Royal Parks - Kensington Gardens
|Getting There on Transit|
|Tube Line||Tube Station||Walking Time|
|Central Line||Queensway and Lancaster Gate||1 minute|
|District and Circle Lines||Bayswater||5 minutes|
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Walking Distance from Tube Stations. No bus needed.