Visitors to London who are keen to soak up some greenery during their time in the city may think this would be hard to come by, but fortunately for them, there are many outstanding outside spaces that they can head to.
One such natural retreat is Golders Hill Park, which is located near Hampstead Heath – another great public space for guests to enjoy – and offers a wonderful outdoor experience for all those that visit.
The winner of numerous awards over the years – including a Gold and Category Winner (large park) in the London in Bloom Awards, 2014 – this is one place to head to when the stresses of urban travel get all too much to bear.
Great things to see and do at Golders Hill Park
The park is a purpose-built landscaped garden that offers a vast array of perfect spots to simply sit back, relax and soak up the sunshine in the summer or to get away from the hustle and bustle of the busy London streets at all other times of the year.
Open from 7.30 am until dusk, Golders Hill Park is jam-packed with great leisure facilities, with everything from public tennis courts to a croquet lawn, all-weather table tennis tables, a zoo and butterfly house, as well as a children’s play area.
A stunning place to visit at any time of the year, the park really comes to life during the spring and summer months, when the landscaped gardens are bursting with colour, vitality and nature.
It was first opened to the public in 1898 and over the years has built an excellent reputation for being an important and welcoming meeting place for families, couples and visitors from all walks of life. It was deemed also an historically important part of Hampstead Heath by the City of London in 1989.
Golders Hill Park Zoo and Butterfly House
Two of the most impressive attractions at the park are its very own zoo and butterfly house, with each playing a large role in the education and interpretation of the habitat at nearby Hampstead Heath.
The zoo is one of only two free zoos in London registered with BIAZA, the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums, while the butterfly house offers the chance for visitors to get up close and personal with a vast array of native and tropical species of butterfly – a great attraction for the kids.
Nearby attractions to Golders Hill Park
Visitors to this busy part of central London can also enjoy a wealth of other attractions in the nearby area, with some of the standout options for travellers including:
- Hampstead Heath (0.2 miles, three minutes’ travel time on foot/via public transport)
- Kenwood House (1.2 miles, 12 minutes)
- Fenton House (0.8 miles, nine minutes)
- Waterlow Park (2.4 miles, 16 minutes)
- Kilburn Grange Park (2.2 miles, 27 minutes)
- Camden Market (2.9 miles, 22 minutes)
- The Sherlock Holmes Museum (3.6 miles, 34 minutes)
- Madame Tussauds London (3.8 miles, 32 minutes)
- Emslie Horniman Pleasance (3.7 miles, 43 minutes)
- clueQuest (4.3 miles, 39 minutes)
Tube travel for Golders Hill Park visitors
Individuals keen to traverse the English capital with the minimum of stress might like to consider making use of the extensive London Underground network, which serves this and many other areas of the city with ease.
Visitors can purchase an Oyster Card to reduce the costs of making multiple journeys, while the area around Golders Hill Park offers a large selection of stations to choose from, such as:
- Golders Green Station (Northern line): 0.5 miles
- Hampstead (Northern line): one mile
- Kilburn Station (Jubilee line): 1.9 miles
- West Hampstead (Jubilee line): 1.6 miles
- Finchley Road (Jubilee and Metropolitan lines): 1.7 miles
- Belsize Park (Northern line): 1.8 miles
Travellers planning journeys in the area might like to head to the official website of Transport for London, which offers regularly updated information on station opening times, potential disruptions to services (due to maintenance and other issues), as well as all manner of other info.
Local parking options for motorists
And for those who wish to hire a car and take to the roads during their time in the English capital, Golders Hill Park is also well served by a number of nearby parking facilities. These include:
- Heath Brow Car Park (0.5 miles, nine minutes’ travel time on foot)
- Hampstead Heath Car Park (1.2 miles, 25 minutes)
- Henderson Court Basement Car Park (1.2 miles, 22 minutes)
Motorists are reminded that traffic volumes can be high throughout the day in central London, especially during the busy morning and evening rush hours. It is therefore advisable to plan journeys in advance, and also to pre-book parking prior to their departure when possible.