Kensington Gardens
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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  • Lancaster Gate • 8 min walk
  • Queensway • 9 min walk
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  • Grover R
    Pensacola, Florida21,691 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not the Best Attraction in December, but Some Christmas Joy
    I realize this is probably a great attraction for 9 months of the year. Unfortunately, when you visit before Christmas there is not much to see of the gardens. With that said, the palace was still beautiful in the park setting and we did get to see some Christmas decorations that are not there in the summer.
    Visited December 2022
    Written May 26, 2023
  • Amanda S
    Winsford, United Kingdom578 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Large Area With Lots To See
    The gardens cover a large area and there are many things to see - the lake, statues, different planting areas, Italian Garden, wild areas and wildlife. Plenty of places to stop and sit although mainly on the grass. If up to it you can hire a peddle boat and go around the lake. A great place to while away the time.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 29, 2023
  • HINA W
    Islamabad, Pakistan7,269 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Queen Caroline’s Masterpiece!
    You can find these lovely gardens sandwiched between the Kensington Palace and The Hyde Park. The credit of landscaping and development of these gardens goes to Queen Caroline. She was the wife of George II. In 1728 she started taking interest in these gardens. She got the Westbourne stream dammed to create the Long Water Lake and Serpentine, got structures like the temple summer house constructed and got a lot of plantations and landscaping done. During the 18th century it was only open to the well attired elite of the society. Victoria was born and bred in the Kensington Palace before she became the Queen in 1837. During her reign the magnificent Italian Gardens and the somewhat over the top Albert Memorial were added. You can see the lovely bronze Peter Pan statue, many monuments and Princess Diana’s Memorial Playground here. It is a truly relaxing oasis in the middle of a bustling city.
    Visited August 2022
    Traveled with family
    Written July 8, 2023
  • Carla M
    Bradford, United Kingdom100 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Closed play area
    Visited here on recommendation of the children’s play area. Unfortunately this was closed due to “severe weather” for the entire day (a sunny and slightly windy Saturday?!). Also closed was the flower walk so really 2 integral parts of the visit sadly off limits. We appreciated the meadow areas and Kensington palace itself. There was still plenty to look round and nice, friendly coffee shops selling waffles / ice cream etc but really don’t understand the mentality of closing large parts down for a bit of wind.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 15, 2023
  • pferrelli
    Somerville, Massachusetts216 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Princess Diana Sunken Memorial Garden
    We came here just to see the Princess Diana Sunken Memorial Garden. It did not disappoint! A beautiful statue of the late princess surrounded by three children representing her charity work with children around the world is a very fitting tribute and a very good likeness. The garden itself is awash with color. The walkway around the garden allows viewpoints all around. A must see when you visit the Kensington Gardens.
    Visited June 2023
    Written August 13, 2023
  • JMCSTL
    Saint Louis, Missouri7,316 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Much Needed Down Time
    After two non-stop days of London tourism, my wife & I needed a breather. Since our hotel was only about a mile south of Kensington Gardens, we chose that as our weekday morning walking destination primarily to enjoy the early summer flowers. The Gardens property was much larger than I imagined, so we didn't cover nearly as much of the grounds as I had wished. But the tree-lined walks & open spaces (with largely level grades presenting easy access for all visitors) were just the sort of relaxing environment we needed to recharge.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 22, 2023
  • roy v
    Traralgon, Australia5,626 contributions
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    A lovely place to visit
    Yesterday we were taken to the gardens by a friend who lives nearby, it was good to be given a sort of walking tour around the area . Plenty to see, lovely well maintained place . The sunken garden beside the palace is very beautiful and made very special with the Princess Diana Statue. Lovely place to spend time for a bit of peace and quiet to enjoy nature in the busy city
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 11, 2023
  • Josue C
    New Haven, Connecticut509 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome Park
    Kensington Gardens is one the most beautiful places that walked through. It's located west of Hyde Park, Kensington is made up of many amazing smaller gardens, statutes, and man made ponds, that are connected many paths. Inside of Kensington Gardens you can find, Kensington Palace, where some the royals live, the Italian Gardens, Diana Memorial Playground, and Albertopolis, so wear comfy shoes, there will be a lot of walking. This is a great place to relax, exercise, walk, meet, gaze, and enjoy the way, it really insulates you from the hectic London streets.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 31, 2023
  • Dreamer715311
    92 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    New item - toad in the hole
    Today ordered Toad in the hole with mashed potatoes, vegetables and gravy. Followed by coffee cake and tea. New item on the menu cooked just like my grandmother used to make. Mince and onion pie and steak and ale pie just some of the other meals eaten at this local friendly cafe. Five stars all round😋
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 16, 2023
  • Bertie1224
    Northamptonshire, United Kingdom1,355 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oasis in London
    Late autumn and the variety of colours of the leaves still clinging to the trees is beautiful. Away from the hustle and bustle of the noise of the city you really can stand and stare beneath the boughs. There are even squirrels to watch as they busy themselves about. The Serpentine is a lovely space to walk around and see the glint of the low autumn sun imagining you are in the middle of the countryside. It’s a lovely place with so much to take in and so many changes to witness through the seasons.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 4, 2023
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Steviefull
Kidderminster, UK1,944 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Having taken in the sites of Hyde Park we took a very minor detour around Kensington, a mixture of joggers and families on a mild saturday morning, it has a very quiet and relaxed air to it which is never a bad thing in a busy city.

Then we saw the Parakeets which we had no idea were even a thing, a lovely flash of colour amongst the slightly less exciting blackbirds and pigeons.

A relaxing way to spend, well as long as you want.
Written March 11, 2020
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Nicola D
Hessle, UK3,077 contributions
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Sep 2021
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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Nyri
Tampa, FL179 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Good walking shoes are a must, or rain boots that are comfortable, or hiking books that are great for walking more than hiking. Expect rain and puddles everywhere, especially in the winter months, so you want shoes that are water resistant or waterproof.

Do not feed the wildlife please, you will see signs asking you to obey this rule, but as always, humans do what they want to do and have no respect for nature or rules.

Do not touch the flowers or plants in the gardens! I know you are tempted to take a flower, and yes they are beautiful, but leave the gardens as you find them.

The gardens can be windy and cold, especially in the areas that are close to the river, you will need to wear something warm, and again, it might also be raining!

You need a good umbrella, your hotel will probably have some, mine did and they were of excellent quality. This is not a city for low grade umbrellas guys, you gotta step up your game!

Stay off that luscious green grass, I know it’s tempting, but your feet will be covered in mud and dog poop. If you look around in any direction you will notice dog trainers in the grass, and with the weather you already know it’s wet! Stay off the grass and let the dogs enjoy a bit of room to play!

Make room for those getting a bit of exercise, there will be walkers, joggers and runners of all types, let them pass in peace please!

Don’t miss the artwork and its detailed explanation by the artist. This is The Arch by Henry Moore, his sculptures are loved around the world.

Stop and read Discover the Birds of The Longwater! You will find some interesting tidbits about the different variations of birds and what makes them unique!

This is a great place for a date, the entry is free, you can spend time walking and roaming and find a cafe for a light low cost snack and of course, a spot of tea. A picnic alone or with friends would also work, I would not advise that during the winter, but in the spring and summer, I know these grounds are packed with people of all ages enjoying the beauty in the company of others.

Peter Pan~The boy who would not grow up! If you are a fan of Peter Pan, don’t miss the statue, and expect people to be there getting selfies and refusing to move so you can enjoy the spot as well. Pay them no mind, especially if you aren’t in a rush!

Make sure you visit one of the cafes or gift shops, a portion of the proceeds from all purchases support the upkeep of the parks and wildlife!

A rule to follow in all nature spaces is take nothing, and leave with what you came with, trash included! I can say these grounds, trails and paths were in immaculate condition. Aside from people feeding the birds, I saw no trash and no rules being broken. So take a day to roam around Hyde Park, there is beauty that is there for everyone of all ages and interests to enjoy!

Unnerved Traveler
Written April 11, 2024
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Davies Fam
Port Talbot, UK85 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
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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Mikael F
Helsinki, Finland31,247 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
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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Milla
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
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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HINA W
Islamabad, Pakistan7,269 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
You can find these lovely gardens sandwiched between the Kensington Palace and The Hyde Park. The credit of landscaping and development of these gardens goes to Queen Caroline. She was the wife of George II. In 1728 she started taking interest in these gardens. She got the Westbourne stream dammed to create the Long Water Lake and Serpentine, got structures like the temple summer house constructed and got a lot of plantations and landscaping done. During the 18th century it was only open to the well attired elite of the society. Victoria was born and bred in the Kensington Palace before she became the Queen in 1837. During her reign the magnificent Italian Gardens and the somewhat over the top Albert Memorial were added. You can see the lovely bronze Peter Pan statue, many monuments and Princess Diana’s Memorial Playground here. It is a truly relaxing oasis in the middle of a bustling city.
Written July 8, 2023
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SavvyReeder
Tucson, AZ139 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
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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welshgirlSouthWales
Wales, UK342 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
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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yss97
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia1,834 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
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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