Best free days out in summer
1/9 Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground, London
The Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Playground opened 15 years ago, in memory of the late Princess. Located beside Diana’s beautiful Kensington Palace home, the playground perfectly represents the princess’s playful and caring nature.
Diana adored kids, and it is a fitting tribute that the Memorial Playground is a paradise for little ones. Inspired by the beloved stories of Peter Pan, the playground encourages kids to follow their imaginations, explore their surroundings, and learn through play.
The centrepiece for the playground is a huge, wooden pirate ship and kids rarely need much prompting to get stuck in. Children up to the age of 12 are free to climb on the ship and let their imaginations run wild. As well as the impressive ship, kids can also enjoy a giant swing, slides, various toys, a beach and a sensory trail. The playground has been designed to incorporate an area where less able and able-bodied kids can play together. There is plenty of seating for the grown-ups too.
Not surprising, over 1 million visitors enjoy the playground every year and it makes for a perfect pit stop if you are exploring Kensington Gardens. Rest assured, there is an excellent café, serving sandwiches and salads, and offering a children’s menu. There are also toilets, including disabled and baby changing facilities.
Although the park is free, admission rules are in place to ensure health and safety rules are complied with. Your little ones won’t be allowed to enter or leave without an adult carer and it is worth noting that on warm sunny days, the queue can start as early as 10:30a, and queue management will be in place on busy days.
Opening times: 10am-7.45pm