This children’s wonderland opened on the 30th June 2000, in memory of the late Diana, Princess of Wales. Nestled between the trees in Kensington Gardens, the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground is inspired by J M Barrie’s novel, Peter Pan and the playground’s centrepiece is a huge wooden pirate ship which encourages children to explore and follow their imaginations, learning whilst they play. It is easily the best bit of Kensington Gardens for a child.
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.The popular playground for kids aged up to 12 includes 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 is also a sea monster sculpture, giant swing, turtle drum, storyteller’s chair and tree carving.
Oh and there’s plenty of seating and coffee 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.
Admission and queue management
Admission is free.
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.
Time your visit carefully as the playground can get very busy at the weekend if the weather’s fine and when it reaches full capacity, queue management will be in place. Waiting times can range between 15 minutes up to one hour. On warm, sunny days the queue can start as early as 10:30am and last until the last admission time.
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.
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.
The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground is likely to be very busy at all times. For everyone’s safety and enjoyment please observe the following:
- Please 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 will be permitted
This playground is permanently attended when open. The playground staff will monitor activities, provide first aid and summon any other assistance that might be required. There will always be at least one member of staff on duty who is first aid qualified. It is the parents/carers responsibility to supervise their children. Children must not be left unaccompanied.
Playground cafe and parents facilities
At The Broadwalk Café there is an extensive hot food menu that includes the popular stone baked pizza, plenty of healthy and vegetarian options as well as broad kids range.
There are also toilets, including disabled and baby change facilities.
Located next to her Kensington Palace home, the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground is a fitting tribute for the Princess who loved the innocence of childhood.