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.

Pirate playground Kensington

2021 update: Diana Memorial Playground is running at reduced capacity and there is a queuing system in place.

Inspired by the stories of Peter Pan, the 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

And of course there’s the fantastic wooden pirate ship on a sandy beach, with thick rope bridges and ladders providing access and once aboard, a crow’s nest to climb up to and a lower deck to explore. The Princess Diana Playground is one of the best playgrounds in London and one of our top free things to do with kids in the city.

Pirate playground in Kensington Gardens

Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Playground Pirate Ship

Water play at Lady Diana playground

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

Diana Memorial Playground Kensington Gardens

Diana Memorial Playground

Diana Memorial Playground

Playground in Kensington Gardens

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

There’s an area for under 3s that features small wooden playhouses, a seesaw and a large wooden trailer and cart that was very popular with the little ones.

Toddler play area at Diana Memorial playground

Cross through the trees and you’ll find a sandy area perfect for toddlers, with a slide, wooden boats to sit on and move the rudder back and forth and a sieve and chute to put sand through.

Diana Memorial Playground

Toddler Play Area at Lady Diana playground

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

Food and drink are currently not allowed in the Diana Memorial Playground. The Broad Walk Café is located in front of the playground entrance serving tea, coffee, juices and sandwiches, salads and pizza. There is seating outside the playground gates (shown below).

Broad Walk Cafe Kensington Gardens

Cafe at Diana Memorial Playground Kensington Gardens London

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. It has so much to offer for children of all ages and simply a pleasure to wander around, with always something new and different to discover around the corner. We spent a good two hours there and we still didn’t see everything!

The Diana Memorial Playground is also 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.

Click below to watch a short Instagram reel from a recent day out exploring the Diana Memorial Playground.

Diana, Princess of Wales’ Memorial Playground

Address: Kensington Gardens, London W2 2UH

Opening Hours: 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]

Good to Know:

  • The Diana Memorial Playground is free to enter and for children 12 and under. 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.
  • There is a café onsite that serves fresh salads, pizzas, sandwiches and drinks.
  • There are toilets on site, including disabled and baby change facilities.
  • Do bring a change of clothes just in case – and a pail and bucket to play with the sand.

This post was updated on 13 May 2021 with recent photos and current 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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