Diana Memorial Playground

A huge wooden pirate ship is the amazing centrepiece of the Diana, Princess of Wales' Memorial Playground. This children's wonderland opened on the 30th June 2000, in memory of the late Princess. Located next to her Kensington Palace home, the playground is a fitting tribute for a Princess who loved the innocence of childhood.

Over 1,000,000 visitors enjoy this free playground each year. Kids love to play, explore, dash about, and let their imaginations soar in this magical space. There is a sensory trail, teepees, a beach around the pirate ship and various toys and play sculptures; all set against a lush backdrop of trees and plants. There's plenty of seating so the grownups can relax too.

The design has created an area where less able and able-bodied children can play together and seeks to provide for the physical, creative, social and educational development of your children. Inspired by the stories of Peter Pan, the playground encourages children to explore and follow their imaginations, learning whilst they play.

Please note: The Pirate Ship will be closed for maintenance from 7-13 September 2015. The rest of the playground will remain open. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Admission and queue management

To ensure safety and security of children, only adults supervising children up to the age of 12 will be admitted.

Children should not be allowed to enter or leave the playground without an adult carer.

On busy days when playground reaches full capacity, queue management will be in place. This is dictated by Health and Safety reasons.

On warm, sunny days the queue can start as early as 10:30am and last until the last admission time.

Waiting times can range between 15 minutes up to one hour.  

Joining the party / re-admission

Relatives and friends, who arrive after your admission, that wish to join your party will be asked to join the queue. Please show courtesy to others, majority young children, standing in the queue and follow instruction of staff in this matter.

If any of the adult carers leaves the playground with the intention of returning, please ensure the playground staff are aware of this otherwise problems with regaining access may occur. This is particularly important when the queue is in place.

Please note: unaccompanied adults may only enter the playground between 9.30 and 10.00.

Guidance for schools and large groups

Important information for schools and large group visits to the playground.