Originally taken from its neighbouring Hyde Park, Kensington Palace’s private gardens were open to the public in 1841.
A Royal Garden for All
In 1689, William III bought a small part of Hyde Park along with an old mansion called Nottingham House. After remodelling the estate it was renamed Kensington Palace, where the Royal family decided to settle.
The Kensington Gardens grew and became a beautiful area popular with locals. Although these were the Royal Gardens, they were only separated from Hyde Park by a simple ditch and the residents of London could enjoy them freely.
A stroll in Kensington Gardens
As it was for the royals in their day, Kensington Gardens are today the ideal place to take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Besides enjoying their tranquillity, the Gardens also offer attractions that are well worth your while visiting, such as Kensington Palace, The Princess Diana Memorial, the Peter Pan statue or the beautiful Orangery: an elaborate greenhouse where you can enjoy a nice cup of English tea.
Every day from 6 am to dusk
Tube: High Street Kensington (District and Circle lines), Queensway (Central line).
Bus: 9, 10, 49, 52, 70, 94, 148, 390 and 452.
Kensington Palace (563 m) Hyde Park (795 m) Science Museum (1.1 km) The Natural History Museum (1.2 km) Victoria and Albert Museum (1.3 km)