Hyde Park is one of London’s best-known and popular outside spaces, with a wealth of fabulous attractions that visitors will not want to miss.
Located in the heart of the Paddington area, the park covers 350 acres and is open every day from 5 am until midnight. It features a vast array of great things to do for visitors to enjoy, ranging from horse riding to simply sitting back and enjoying the glorious green spaces that are to be found here.
Best sights to see for Hyde Park guests
A fantastic selection of attractions can be found in Hyde Park, with some of the most renowned and popular for visitors being:
Serpentine Lake and galleries – A recreational lake in the heart of Hyde Park, the Serpentine Lake hosts regular swimming and kayaking sessions, while the nearby Serpentine Galleries provide a wealth of culture to enjoy for visitors to the area.
Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain – A memorial to the late Princess of Wales who died in a tragic car crash in Paris in 1998.
The Rose Garden – One of the most spectacular public gardens in the whole of the city, the Rose Garden at Hyde Park was opened in 1994 and continues to this day to attract millions of guests every year to enjoy its varied and beautiful blossoms.
Guided walks and tours – A range of audio and self-guided tours are available for visitors to the park, with a seven-mile tour that takes in many of the area’s famous buildings and attractions.
An abundance of wildlife – Home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, Hyde Park is an inner city sanctuary for wildlife that lovers of all things nature will undoubtedly respect and enjoy, with wildflowers, butterflies, all manner of birds and much more to behold.
Easy travel to historic Hyde Park
One of the best ways to visit Hyde Park and the surrounding area is to make use of the extensive London Underground network, which serves many areas of the English capital and is a relatively cheap and efficient way to get around.
The Tube – as it’s colloquially known to the locals – is a great way to get from A to B in London with the minimum of fuss and stations that can be found in close proximity to Hyde Park include:
- Notting Hill Gate (Central, Circle and District lines)
- Bayswater Station (Circle and District lines)
- Queensway Station (Central line)
- Lancaster Gate Station (Central line)
- Marble Arch Station (Central line)
- Hyde Park Corner (Piccadilly line)
- Knightsbridge Station (Piccadilly line)
- South Kensington Station (Circle, District and Piccadilly lines)
Visitors to the area can also travel via overground rail to the nearby stations of Paddington and Marylebone, while full details of all public transport options to the area can be found by heading to the official website of Transport for London.
The location is also extremely well-served by facilities for parking, meaning motorists can easily find somewhere to leave their vehicle when planning journeys to the area – options include:
- Queensway Car Park (0.8 miles, 16 minutes’ travel time on foot)
- Paddington Station Public Car Park (0.9 miles, 19 minutes)
- Portman Square Car Park (0.4 miles, nine minutes)
- Q-Park Marylebone (0.8 miles, 18 minutes)
- Marble Arch Car Park (0.1 miles, three minutes)
- Hornton Street Car Park (one mile, 20 minutes)
Drivers planning to take to the roads of the English capital are advised that traffic volumes can be dense throughout the day and therefore delays should be expected on many routes. Travellers are therefore advised to avoid planning journeys during the morning and evening rush hours, while pre-booking parking (when possible) is also recommended.
Other great attractions in the local area
Finally, it is not simply the many outstanding attractions of Hyde Park that draw millions of visitors to this vibrant and bustling part of the English capital every year. Indeed, the area around Hyde Park is home to many fabulous sights to see and activities to explore, with some of the top choices for visitors including:
- Kensington Gardens (0.3 miles, six minutes’ travel time on foot/via public transport)
- Kensington Palace (0.6 miles, 11 minutes)
- Harrods (0.3 miles, seven minutes)
- Royal Albert Hall (0.2 miles, five minutes)
- Science Museum (0.3 miles, seven minutes)
- Natural History Museum (0.4 miles, eight minutes)
- Green Park (0.2 miles, five minutes)
- Kyoto Garden (1.5 miles, 21 minutes)
- Electric Cinema (1.8 miles, 17 minutes)
- Little Venice (1.1 miles, 18 minutes)
- The Wallace Collection (0.6 miles, nine minutes)
- Madame Tussauds London (1.1 miles, ten minutes)