William III bought what was originally part of Hyde Park in 1689.

An asthma sufferer, the king found the location quiet and the air salubrious and so he commissioned Sir Christopher Wren to design the redbrick building that is Kensington Palace. Queen Anne enlarged the Palace Gardens by 'transferring' 30 acres from Hyde Park and was responsible for the creation of the Orangery in 1704.

The Gardens are particularly popular for sunbathing and picnics in fine weather. It is also popular as a healthy walking route to work for commuters. The paths are used extensively by joggers and runners. Cycling is allowed on the designated path linking the Queen's Gate to West Carriage Drive, Mount Gate to the Broadwalk and the Broadwalk itself from Black Lion Gate to Palace Gate.

Informal games do take place in the Gardens but are discouraged in view of the importance of the historic landscape and the desire to maintain their primary role as a peaceful refuge for people living, working or visiting Central London.

The Diana, Princess of Wales' Memorial Playground is a fantastic adventure for kids up to the age of 12. Over 750,000 parents and children enjoy the playground each year.

History and Architecture

Kensington Gardens covers 242 acres and was originally part of Hyde Park. The Gardens with their magnificent trees are the setting for Kensington Palace, the birthplace of Queen Victoria who lived there until she became queen in 1837.

Landscape History

Kensington Gardens began life as a King's playground but it was three royal women who created the elegant landscape we still enjoy today.

Kensington Gardens in film

The elegant avenues and architecture of Kensington Gardens has featured in a number of blockbuster films including Finding Neverland, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason and Wimbledon.

Park Management Plans

The Management Plans are the principle strategic documents for the management of the Royal Parks. They are used in combination with other policy and strategy documents to assist Park Managers in the management of these Grade 1 listed landscapes.


About Kensington Gardens

William III bought what was originally part of Hyde Park in 1689.

An asthma sufferer, the king found the location quiet and the air salubrious and so he commissioned Sir Christopher Wren to design the redbrick building that is Kensington Palace. Queen Anne enlarged the Palace Gardens by 'transferring' 30 acres from Hyde Park and was responsible for the creation of the Orangery in 1704.

The Gardens are particularly popular for sunbathing and picnics in fine weather. It is also popular as a healthy walking route to work for commuters. The paths are used extensively by joggers and runners. Cycling is allowed on the designated path linking the Queen's Gate to West Carriage Drive, Mount Gate to the Broadwalk and the Broadwalk itself from Black Lion Gate to Palace Gate.

Informal games do take place in the Gardens but are discouraged in view of the importance of the historic landscape and the desire to maintain their primary role as a peaceful refuge for people living, working or visiting Central London.

The Diana, Princess of Wales' Memorial Playground is a fantastic adventure for kids up to the age of 12. Over 750,000 parents and children enjoy the playground each year.

History and Architecture

Kensington Gardens covers 242 acres and was originally part of Hyde Park. The Gardens with their magnificent trees are the setting for Kensington Palace, the birthplace of Queen Victoria who lived there until she became queen in 1837.

Landscape History

Kensington Gardens began life as a King's playground but it was three royal women who created the elegant landscape we still enjoy today.

Kensington Gardens in film

The elegant avenues and architecture of Kensington Gardens has featured in a number of blockbuster films including Finding Neverland, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason and Wimbledon.

Park Management Plans

The Management Plans are the principle strategic documents for the management of the Royal Parks. They are used in combination with other policy and strategy documents to assist Park Managers in the management of these Grade 1 listed landscapes.

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William III bought what was originally part of Hyde Park in 1689.

An asthma sufferer, the king found the location quiet and the air salubrious and so he commissioned Sir Christopher Wren to design the redbrick building that is Kensington Palace. Queen Anne enlarged the Palace Gardens by 'transferring' 30 acres from Hyde Park and was responsible for the creation of the Orangery in 1704.

The Gardens are particularly popular for sunbathing and picnics in fine weather. It is also popular as a healthy walking route to work for commuters. The paths are used extensively by joggers and runners. Cycling is allowed on the designated path linking the Queen's Gate to West Carriage Drive, Mount Gate to the Broadwalk and the Broadwalk itself from Black Lion Gate to Palace Gate.

Informal games do take place in the Gardens but are discouraged in view of the importance of the historic landscape and the desire to maintain their primary role as a peaceful refuge for people living, working or visiting Central London.

The Diana, Princess of Wales' Memorial Playground is a fantastic adventure for kids up to the age of 12. Over 750,000 parents and children enjoy the playground each year.

History and Architecture

Kensington Gardens covers 242 acres and was originally part of Hyde Park. The Gardens with their magnificent trees are the setting for Kensington Palace, the birthplace of Queen Victoria who lived there until she became queen in 1837.

Landscape History

Kensington Gardens began life as a King's playground but it was three royal women who created the elegant landscape we still enjoy today.

Kensington Gardens in film

The elegant avenues and architecture of Kensington Gardens has featured in a number of blockbuster films including Finding Neverland, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason and Wimbledon.

Park Management Plans

The Management Plans are the principle strategic documents for the management of the Royal Parks. They are used in combination with other policy and strategy documents to assist Park Managers in the management of these Grade 1 listed landscapes.