Parks in SW London and Surrey

The best gardens, playgrounds and parks in south west London and Surrey

The best gardens, playgrounds and parks in south west London and Surrey

Enjoy some fresh air with the kids, with our pick of the best gardens, playgrounds and parks in south west London and Surrey

Get the kids off their screens and head out to one of these great outdoor spaces in our neighbourhoods. We have a fantastic array of parks in south west London and Surrey that are perfect for families. Not all park facilities are currently open so please check in advance.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

There’s lots of space for children to run off steam in Kew Gardens and plenty of secret corners so you can get off the beaten track. You’ll currently need to book a slot in advance for Kew Gardens. The children’s garden, designed for ages 2 to 12 years old, is not yet open but we can’t wait until it does The size of 40 tennis courts, the garden features a range of fun attractions designed to show kids all the things plants need to grow: earth, air, sun and water. Kew, Adults £18.15, children from £4.50, under fours: free. Families £44. (pictured top, (c) Jeff Eden)

Wimbledon Park

When fully open this popular park offers two separate play areas with a good range of equipment for toddlers and older kids. There is a paddling pool and a crazy golf course, too, as well as a lovely lake. Attractions you can book now include the beach volleyball and tennis courts. Wimbledon Park, free.

Hampton Court Palace

Magic Garden (c) Historic Royal Palaces

Magic Garden (c) Historic Royal Palaces

Hampton Court Palace is set within 100 acres of stunning gardens and grounds, and the riverside Tudor Palace was once a retreat for King Henry VIII from the dangers of the plague in the 16th century. Enjoy its stunning gardens whilst they’re at their beautiful best during the summer months.

The Magic Garden has not yet re-opened but keep your eyes peeled – as when it does, it is one of the best playgrounds in the area and offers mythical beasts, battlements, and a secret grotto. Imaginations can run wild as they cross bridges into turrets, hide out in secret dens or tackle the sandpit guarded by dragons. Please check the website for re-opening details. Hampton Court Palace gardens are open for visitors, the palace opens on the 17 July, pre-booking tickets online is essential. Palace and gardens admission: £24.50 adults, £12.20 children. Under threes free.


Bushy Park 

Stroll around the wild and beautiful parkland, and stop in for ice cream at the Pheasantry Cafe. When the Royal Parks open up their playgrounds, kids will love to end up at the one in Bushy Park where there is a good selection of play equipment, a sandpit and a large shelter should you be caught in a downpour or need a break from the sun. Bushy Park, free.

Battersea Park

Battersea Park has so much going for it, with views of the river, and fantastic walks. Children love it here – it has a zoo with an adventure playground, complete with fire engine and helicopter to play in, as well as a free playground in the wider park for all age groups. Battersea Park, free. Zoo: adults £9.95, children £7.95, families £32.50.

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Richmond Park

We’re loving seeing Richmond Park mainly car-free so enjoy it now with the family. A great walk can be had to Pembroke Lodge where the kiosk has reopened and is offering divine ice cream. Stroll around the beautiful gardens there and then head out to the wilder parkland out of the back gate towards Petersham Gate. While the playground is still shut, kids will love the fallen trees here, some forming hideouts and balance bars! When Petersham Playground reopens, you’ll find a sandpit and waterplay, swings, and a big climbing frame. Richmond Park, free.



Nonsuch Park

Head to the cafe (currently takeaway only), grab some refreshments and explore the lovely parklands where Henry VIII once built a hunting lodge. There is a pretty Georgian mansion (opens for private events), which forms a great backdrop to the extensive grounds.

More info from Epsom & Ewell on its playgrounds, which are now open.

More parks and playgrounds

Reigate & Banstead Council has published a list of its playgrounds that are opening from Friday 10 July here.