The best gardens, playgrounds and parks
The best local 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 tickets in advance for Kew Gardens and book a slot for the the children’s garden – the size of 40 tennis courts, the children’s garden features a range of fun attractions designed to show kids all the things plants need to grow: earth, air, sun and water. Kew, see website for prices.
(Pictured top (c) Jeff Eden)
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, as well as beach volleyball and tennis courts. Wimbledon Park, free.
Hampton Court Palace
King Henry VIII’s famous retreat offers extensive grounds, from manicured lawns to a wilderness garden and a maze. It is also home to the Magic Garden – 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 and prices. Hampton Court Palace
Stroll around the wild and beautiful parkland, and stop in for ice cream at the Pheasantry Cafe. There is also a couple of great playgrounds in Bushy Park – the one near the Diana Fountain has a 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 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: check website for prices.
A great walk can be had to Pembroke Lodge – reward the kids with a divine ice cream from the kiosk. Stroll around the beautiful gardens there and then head out to the wilder parkland out of the back gate towards Petersham Gate. Petersham Playground has a sandpit and waterplay, swings, and a big climbing frame. Richmond Park, free.
Head to the cafe, 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