Kensington Gardens

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Kensington Gardens
4.5
6:00 AM - 7:45 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 7:45 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 7:45 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 7:45 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 7:45 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 7:45 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 7:45 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 7:45 PM
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Separated from Hyde Park by the Serpentine, a lake used by boaters and swimmers, this park is calmer and more peaceful than its neighbor, and features many attractions including a statue of Peter Pan, Albert Memorial and the Serpentine Art Gallery.
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Joe P
Inverness, UK8 contributions
We were staying at the Hard Rock Hotel and, with Hyde Park nearby, we decided to walk towards Kensington Palace. We didn't go inside the palace but were able to see the outdoor gardens and grab a small bite to eat which was expensive but filled a hole. I'm not sure how much tickets are to go inside or what you actually see but it seemed quite popular so I would imagine it's worth doing if you have the time.
Written August 24, 2021
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Nicola D
Hessle, UK3,123 contributions
We walked all over exploring Kensington Gardens! We were impressed by how well maintained all the gardens were.

The last time we visited, the Princess of Wales playground was under construction! Now it is well loved & used. The trees and bushes have matured and shield it from prying eyes but you can hear the happy children playing inside.

The attractive Italian gardens are just inside the Lancaster Gate (also public toilets). The Italian Gardens contain fountains and the bronze statue of Edward Jenner, pioneer of the smallpox vaccine.

The Serpentine Lake is in the gardens, also Kensington Palace, the Princess of Wales memorial fountain and also the magical Peter Pan statue. Don’t miss the impressively HUGE Albert Memorial at the far end of the park opposite the Royal Albert Hall.

We spent a couple of very happy hours here on a glorious September day.
Written September 26, 2021
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Mikael F
Helsinki, Finland25,432 contributions
Kensington Gardens is a huge park. It covers 265 acres and is located on the west side of Hyde Park.

It is the home of the Serpentine Galleries, the Italian Gardens, the Albert Memorial, and the Diana Memorial Gardens. In the middle of the park is a round pond with swans and geese.

You can wander in the open air, visit the cafe near the Diana Memorial Playground or enjoy a picnic lunch.
Written July 6, 2022
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SavvyReeder
Tucson, AZ142 contributions
An absolutely gorgeous garden to wander around. The statues are fun to go find, the Italian Garden is beautiful, and the overall energy is very calm and serene. There are plenty of people with their children or dogs out, and it's a nice place to wander around.
Written June 4, 2022
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yss97
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia1,472 contributions
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The gardens overall are lovely to walk round it. The highlight was the new Diana’s statue in its own garden. We are all not allowed into the Diana garden or near the statue. You can walk around it and admire the statue and gardens through gaps in the hedge around it.
Written May 28, 2022
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Ian C
London, UK23,970 contributions
Kensington Gardens must have the poshest ice-cream vans in London, including one which has the body of a classic Rolls Royce!!

We had been to visit the Palace, now it has reopened, and took the opportunity to walk through the Gardens. It is astonishing how you can find new things, even though I have walked through the Gardens many times, but on different routes.

The Gardens were originally the western end of Hyde Park and were used as a hunting ground by Henry VIII. It was separated from Hyde Park in 1726 and re-landscaped around the new Serpentine Lake (also known as the Long Water) which runs up to the Italian Garden commissioned by Queen Victoria. For some reason, the Italian Garden is watched over a statue of Edward Jenner who invented the smallpox vaccine.

The Gardens many features include the obelisk-memorial to John Hanning Speke who discovered the source of the Nile, the powerful statue 'Physical Energy' (1907) by George Frederick Watts and the 1912 bronze statue of Peter Pan by George Frampton with characters from the book bursting out from its base. Across on the other side of the Serpentine is Henry Moore's statue 'The Arch'.

The largest memorial is of course the stunning High Gothic Albert Memorial opened in 1872 opposite the Royal Albert Hall, where he looks down at his achievements in South Kensington.

The Gardens were obviously very popular from families with children to groups taking exercise. We are indeed fortunate to have these and the other Royal parks in Central London.
Written August 2, 2020
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Davies Fam
Port Talbot, UK19 contributions
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We walked from Lancaster Gate through Kensington Gardens taking in the sights of the Diana memorial park, Kensington palace, the water fountains and the Italian gardens. We ended up by the Albert Memorial, the new Diana memorial statue is free to view and there is a lovely place you can have afternoon tea right next to this.
The gardens were well maintained and seeing the parakeets were great very friendly and even had one eating from my hand. Great for leisurely stroll
Written August 23, 2021
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sheepygold
london5,073 contributions
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The best time to see the gardens is probably at the weekend when the locals come out for a walk. There is a lot to see. The highlights are probably Kensington Palace, seeing the ducks at the small round pond, the Diana playground, the Italian gardens (good cafe here), the Serpentine, the Albert Memorial, the flower gardens...You can easily spend an hour or two before heading next door to Hyde Park.
Written January 20, 2020
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welshgirlSouthWales
Wales, UK306 contributions
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We chose to visit the park as we wanted to see and feed the parakeets. We manged to find them by asking people and they didn't disappoint.

If you find the Peter pan stature and walk to your left (face the stature first) you'll then come to where the park opens up again. On your right there will be a wooden fence they are usually in the trees around here.

We took some apples to hold out for them. It was such an experience just having them on our hands feeding.
Written September 23, 2021
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Milla
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I have basically grown up going here living very close. I love it here particularly around the pound and watching the birds. It’s so beautiful going around the palace and have a connection to nature. For younger kids, the Princess Diana Playground is perfect, however almost always busy so you must keep a very close eye of your child. For anyone, I would really recommend a trip if you live in London or staying here. You can also find many facilities around the park like one of my fave the ice skating rink in the winter then a nice walk in the park!
Written July 14, 2021
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