Princess Diana Memorial Playground, Kensington Gardens

Diana Memorial Playground Kensington

The Diana Memorial Playground is located in Kensington Gardens, next to Princess Diana’s Kensington Palace home. This playground was created by the Diana Memorial Fund and opened on 30th June 2000 in her memory. It is open to children 12 and under, and designed so less able and able-bodies children can play together.

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Princess Diana Memorial Playground

Inspired by the stories of Peter Pan, the Diana Memorial Playground features plenty of creative touches throughout, with play sculptures, a trio of teepees, tree-houses and little pathways tucked away in the greenery for children to explore.

Diana Memorial Playground Pirate Ship

The Princess Diana Memorial Playground is a brilliant playground in Kensington Gardens, London, and a beautiful tribute to Princess Diana. The playground is beautifully landscaped and cleverly designed, and it’s no wonder it has become popular as one of the top things to do with kids in London.

Playground in Kensington Gardens

The Diana Memorial Playground is centrally located, a short walk from Kensington High Street and Notting Hill Gate station. The playground is also about a 25 minute walk away from the Natural History Museum and Science Museum so could be combined with a visit to the museums for a full day out in the area.

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Pirate Ship Play Structure

The centrepiece of the Diana Memorial Playground is the fantastic wooden pirate ship in the middle of a sandy beach.

Pirate playground in Kensington Gardens

Kids can access the pirate ship on thick rope bridges and ladders, and once aboard, explore the lower deck or climb up the crow’s nest.

Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Playground Pirate Ship

Water Play Features

During the summer months, the water features next to the sandy beach are some of the most popular play features, perfect for toddlers and pre-schoolers.

Water play at Lady Diana playground

Play Equipment

Diana Memorial Playground has so much to offer for children of all ages. The playground is simply a pleasure to wander around, with always something new and different to discover around the corner.

Diana Memorial Playground Kensington Gardens

It truly feels like an adventure as you make your way around the playground, discovering other play areas hidden among the trees and clever landscaping.

Diana Memorial Playground

Diana Memorial Playground

Music Play Area

Head to the far end of the playground to find a music play area tucked away in the trees.

Music Play Area at Kensington Gardens playground

Toddler Play Areas

There is a designated area for under 3s close to the entrance, featuring small wooden playhouses, a seesaw and a large wooden trailer and cart.

Toddler play area at Diana Memorial playground

Cross through the trees to find a sandy area perfect for toddlers and pre-schoolers.

Diana Memorial Playground

The sand pit has a slide, wooden boats to sit on and move the rudder back and forth and a sieve and chute to put sand through.

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Toddler Play Area at Lady Diana playground

Diana Playground Entrance

The Princess of Wales Memorial Playground is free to enter and for children 12 and under. The playground is securely fenced, with only one gate that is manned by an attendant in a booth who ensures that no unaccompanied adult enters and that no unaccompanied child leaves.

Entrance to Princess Diana Memorial Park

Only adults supervising children will be admitted and if an adult carer leaves the playground with the intention of returning, he/she needs to let the playground staff know as there may be problems regaining access.

Broad Walk Café

The Broad Walk Café is located in front of the playground entrance serving tea, coffee, juices and sandwiches, salads and stone baked pizza. There is a café window also within the Diana Princess of Wales Playground to place and pick up orders.

Broad Walk Cafe Kensington Gardens

There are several picnic tables for the café just in front of the Princess Diana Memorial Playground entrance, as well as picnic areas within the playground.

Cafe at Diana Memorial Playground Kensington Gardens London

Diana, Princess of Wales’ Memorial Playground

Address: Kensington Gardens, London W2 2UH

Opening Times: Open every day of the year except Christmas Day, from 10am. Closing times vary depending on time of year, check website for current opening hours.

Closest Tube Stations: Queensway [Central] and Bayswater [Circle and District]

Toilets: There are toilets on site, near the entrance, including disabled and baby change facilities.

This post was updated on 29 June 2023 with current visitor information.

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  1. Oh wow it is amazing, a fitting tribute for a beautiful Lady x

  2. It’s fantastic and brilliantly designed! Definitely a great place to visit when in the area.

  3. looks like a fun place for kids! I walked around Hyde park, but didn’t really visit this part. #city tripping

  4. I’ve never been here. What a perfect place for children to explore. The pirate ship is amazing. Thanks for sharing this – I really have to go – my daughter would love it…and it didn’t look very busy when you visited either which is always a bonus. Thanks for linking to #citytripping

  5. We meant to visit the Princess of Wales memorial the last time we were in London but we spent too look in Hyde Park at Winter Wonderland. I will definitely check it out next time we are in the capital with my boys, it looks like a very special tribute to a very special lady. Thanks for linking up to #CityTripping

  6. This looks like such a fun and whimsical spot for kids, and what a nice tribute to Princess Diana. Anything inspired by Peter Pan is good in my book! #citytripping

  7. This really is a wonderful spot for children. I’ve been a couple of times and my kids loved the pirate ship and all that sand. It’s such an incredibly well-designed space for kids. Love your photos. #Citytripping

  8. We haven’t been here for ages, but I really do think it’s a fantastic place – beautifully designed and wonderful for kids. It’s also brilliant that it’s right in the heart of London #citytripping

  9. What a cool playground and lovely memorial to Princess Diana!

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