Diana Memorial Playground: The Complete Guide

 Gautier Houba / TripSavvy

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The Diana Memorial Playground in Kensington Gardens is located next to Kensington Palace, the former home of Diana Princess of Wales. It's a fabulous children's playground for kids up to 12 years. There are loads for kids to do in the Diana Memorial Playground including playing on the enormous wooden pirate ship.

The Diana Memorial Playground design has been inspired by the stories of Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie.


Princess Diana loved children and this playground serves as a fabulous legacy for future generations. The Diana Memorial Playground opened on June 30, 2000, and is a clean, safe, fun place for children under 12 years to play freely. Unaccompanied adults are not permitted and the gate is locked for everyone's safety, just as at Coram's Fields.

The centerpiece of this large central London playground is the huge wooden pirate ship which the children can climb all over. There's sand surrounding the ship so big kids like to 'jump ship' and smaller kids like to 'drive'.

Unsurprisingly, it's extremely popular with families (both Londoners and visitors). Over 1 million children enjoy this free playground each year so expect it to be busy on sunny days.

Near the entrance, there is an open-air cafe/kiosk with outside seating. It sells fresh salads, sandwiches and simple hot meals such as jacket potatoes and pizza. Hot and cold drinks are also available.

Near the cafe is the restroom building with plenty of toilets and hand washing provisions, plus nappy-changing facilities.

What to Do at the Park

There is a sensory trail, teepees, a play tunnel, a sand beach around the pirate ship and various toys and play sculptures hidden among the plants and bushes. There are slides, a large swing, a climbing frame area, a music area, and a story-telling space. It's not overlooked as there are plenty of trees and plants surrounding the playground.

There are areas for grown-ups to sit down throughout (but we usually play on the ship with the kids!).

Safety Advice

The Diana Memorial Playground has staff on site at all times. (They can be found in the building with the restrooms near the entrance.)

As it does get busy here, it's best to follow this advice:

  • Supervise your children at all times
  • Glass bottles or jars are not allowed
  • Cycling, rollerblading and ball sports are not allowed
  • Smoking is not permitted in the playground
  • Alcohol is not permitted in the playground
  • Only Registered Assistance Dogs are permitted

How to Get There

  • Nearest tube stations: High Street Kensington and Notting Hill Gate
  • From High Street Kensington tube station (10 minutes): Exit the station through the shopping center and turn right once on Kensington High Street. Cross the road opposite the Royal Garden Hotel and enter Kensington Gardens. Walk towards Kensington Palace and turn right onto the Broad Walk. The Diana Memorial Playground is signposted, but basically, continue up the path with the pond on your right to the top. The playground is at the top on the left. You can pick up a free local map from the tube station.
  • From Notting Hill Gate tube station (10 minutes): Turn left from the ticket hall and take the left exit. Walk along Notting Hill Gate until you come to Kensington Gardens on your right. Enter and Kensington Palace is ahead of you and the Diana Memorial Playground is to the left.
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