Italian Gardens

Italian Gardens, London: Hours, Address, Italian Gardens Reviews: 4.5/5

Italian Gardens
4.5
6:00 AM - 9:15 PM
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6:00 AM - 9:15 PM
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6:00 AM - 9:15 PM
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DoozeUK
Leicestershire, UK792 contributions
Lovely place to relax and take time out
Oct 2021 • Family
We always like to take some time here when visiting Hyde Park. It’s very relaxing and when the fountains are on it’s a lovely site and sound. Whether it’s a cold winters day or warm summers day, take a moment to visit
Written November 2, 2021
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TheShis
Tel Aviv, Israel33,061 contributions
Beautiful gardens.
Aug 2021
The Italian Gardens are a beautiful part of Kensington Gardens and include a pond, several fountains and enough flowers to satisfy any flowers fan.
The pond and the reflection of the sky make for a great photo-op here.
Written September 28, 2021
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Nicola D
Hessle, UK2,983 contributions
Attractive gardens
Sep 2021
The Italian Gardens are situated just inside the Lancaster Gate entrance to Kensington Gardens. There are toilets at this entrance also (20p I think).

The Italian Gardens are very attractive with fountains, designed and created for Queen Victoria by her adoring husband Prince Albert. There are lots of benches to sit on and admire the view. There is a pump house and also a large bronze statue of Edward Jenner, physician & scientist, the pioneer of vaccination. The statue used to be situated in Trafalgar Square (over 100 years ago). I have no idea why it was moved to it’s current position.

There is an old fashioned van selling ice-creams and refreshments.
Written September 26, 2021
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Ljubica B
London, UK4,923 contributions
Lovely place to relax
Jul 2021 • Friends
Isn’t beautiful this place a bit if history regarding this place… The Italian Garden is almost a stone’s throw from the Grand Park Lancaster Gate Hotel. Found in Hyde Park, it is a 150 year old space which incorporates many of the ideals set out by Alberti. Created by Prince Albert for his wife, Queen Victoria the Italian Garden’s design was inspired by Osborne House on The Isle of Wight. I highly recommend to visit this place is free and very relaxing.
You can buy coffee is a small coffee shop in the park, take an ice cream from the kiosk, also rent a chair and relax in the park. Many people come to exercise in this area too cycling, running or simple walking
Written August 31, 2021
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Hazel B
London, UK42 contributions
Stunning Gardens
Jun 2021
My Sister and I came to stay in London for four days staying opposite Hyde Park! We visited the gardens several times and also sat and had a great coffee there! Stunning place!
Written June 20, 2021
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jenniealee
Mesa, AZ2,459 contributions
Leisurely stroll on a Cool Summer day
Apr 2020
I wanted to see these gardens since I was not able to the last time I came to London. In this park, you can see the Queen's Tomb, the Peter Pan Statue, and the Italian-style garden. It is apart of Hyde Park near Kensington Palace. They were restored in 2011 and believed to be a gift to Queen Victoria from Prince Albert. FYI: Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's initials on one of the walls of the Pump House, at the north of the gardens.
Written March 25, 2021
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Ray
Staines, UK773 contributions
Italian Gardens
Mar 2021
Italy has influenced Britain culturally in many ways and garden design is just one of them. Back in the day British elite used to travel to Mediterranean to get away from the cold foggy weather. They couldn't bring the warm climate back to UK but they did manage to bring many duty free ideas along craftsmen to create little slices of Italy here and there. Which is why most Royal residences and listed buildings in UK have Italian style gardens.

This particular one was the idea of ever imaginative nature loving outdoorsy Prince Albert who is responsible for transforming the whole Kensington area. The garden is very simple and small by Italian standards but it does have at least two main ingredients, a fountain and classical style statue. Being located in Kensington, the area is super touristy and super expensive so mostly you'll see very wealthy people around. My favorite thing is the vintage car that has a little cafe inside.
Written March 9, 2021
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Wildcat7400
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia837 contributions
A Relaxing & Serene Setting
Nov 2019
I remember having to go to the public toilet just before entering the Italian Gardens. There’s a toilet fee but can’t remember how much as my friend had paid for it.

I didn’t know of its existence as the goal was to see Diana’s Memorial Fountain. Fortunately, it was on the way & I was blown by the beautiful picturesque garden & fountains.

The ornamental water garden, built in the 1860s was the brainchild of Prince Albert for his beloved wife, Queen Victoria. They are located within the grounds of Kensington Gardens at the top of the Serpentine River where people go to feed ducks, swans, geese & sometimes row boats. Keen gardener Prince Albert had put in large raised terraces, fountains, urns & geometric flower beds into his garden gift. I believe there are 4 main fountains on the gardens & beautiful carved stone walls & a large pavilion. Towards the end before the Serpentine lies the Tazza Fountain with the 2 water urns.

The Pump House, located at the north of the gardens bore the initials of Queen Victoria & Prince Albert on one of its walls. The building once contained a steam engine which operated the fountains. There’s another structure beside it. I believed it to be Queen Anne’s Alcove. It was built near Kensington Palace by Sir Christopher Wren & later moved to the Italian Gardens. Queen Anne’s Alcove has a sheltered seating area meant for providing shelter, privacy & shade in a vertical structure in a landscape or garden.

There’s also a large bronze statue of Edward Jenner near the fountains. He was a physician, scientist & pioneer of the world’s first vaccine. A bronze plaque can be seen on the ground in front of the statue & it reads “Edward Jenner, MD, FRS, 1749-1823, country doctor who benefited mankind.” In 1796, Jenner vaccinated a boy with cowpox who was then immune to smallpox which was a cause of death in many children. The statue was inaugurated by Prince Albert in 1858 in Trafalgar Square before being moved to its present position in 1862.

Overall, it was a beautiful water garden, very easy on the eyes. We felt so relaxed.

We walked further & saw the Peter Pan statue, the Arch & the Serpentine Bridge ahead. The Peter Pan statue had evoked my childhood memories. The Arch, built by Henry Moore was seen from afar. At the Serpentine Bridge, we saw black & white coloured swans & ducks. Our last stop was Diana’s Memorial Fountain. Unfortunately, it was closed.
Written October 30, 2020
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T R E K
London, UK302 contributions
MARLBOROUGH GATE
Jul 2020
A tranquil and perfect for a chill place i very much enjoy walking through the Italian Gardens when strolling through the park, the sounds of the water fountains are very calming and therapeutic.

To all my travellers out there see if you can spot the pumphouse 'lol' ;0)
Written July 27, 2020
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ash666
Whitley Bay1,395 contributions
A Nice Surprise
Mar 2020
I had no idea that this place existed. especially in Hyde Park.
It is a beautiful and tranquil place, best seen in sunny weather.
Easy to get to.
Written March 12, 2020
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