Diana, Princess of Wales’ Memorial Playground

A huge wooden pirate ship is the amazing centerpiece of the Diana, Princess of Wales’ Memorial Playground. This children’s wonderland opened on the 30th June 2000, in memory of the late Princess.

Located next to her Kensington Palace home, the playground is a fitting tribute for a Princess who loved the innocence of childhood.

Over 1,000,000 visitors enjoy this free playground each year. Kids love to play, explore, dash about, and let their imaginations soar in this magical space. There is a sensory trail, teepees, a beach around the pirate ship and various toys and play sculptures; all set against a lush backdrop of trees and plants. There’s plenty of seating so the grownups can relax too.

The design has created an area where less able and able-bodied children can play together and seeks to provide for the physical, creative, social and educational development of your children. Inspired by the stories of Peter Pan, the playground encourages children to explore and follow their imaginations, learning whilst they play.

Opening times

  • May – August: 10.00 – 19.45
  • April and September: 10.00 – 18.45
  • March and early October: 10.00 – 17.45
  • February and late October: 10.00 – 16.45
  • November – January: 10.00 – 15.45

Last entry 15 minutes prior to closing time.

The playground is closed on the 25th December.

Admission and queue management

To ensure safety and security of children, only adults supervising children up to the age of 12 will be admitted.

Children should not be allowed to enter or leave the playground without an adult carer.

On busy days when playground reaches full capacity, queue management will be in place. This is dictated by Health and Safety reasons.

On warm, sunny days the queue can start as early as 10:30am and last until the last admission time.

Waiting times can range between 15 minutes up to one hour.

Joining the party / re-admission

Relatives and friends, who arrive after your admission, that wish to join your party will be asked to join the queue. Please show courtesy to others, majority young children, standing in the queue and follow instruction of staff in this matter.

If any of the adult carers leaves the playground with the intention of returning, please ensure the playground staff are aware of this otherwise problems with regaining access may occur. This is particularly important when the queue is in place.

Please note: unaccompanied adults may only enter the playground between 9.30 and 10.00.

Safety precautions

The playground is likely to be very busy at all times. For everyone’s safety and enjoyment please observe the following:

  • Please supervise your children at all times
  • Glass bottles or jars are not allowed
  • Cycling, rollerblading and ball sports are not allowed
  • Smoking is not permitted in the playground
  • Alcohol is not permitted in the playground
  • Only registered Assistance Dogs will be permitted


This playground is permanently attended when open. The playground staff will monitor activities, provide first aid and summon any other assistance that might be required. There will always be at least one member of staff on duty who is first aid qualified. It is the parents/carers responsibility to supervise their children. Children must not be left unaccompanied.

Address: 130 Bayswater Road, Broad Walk, W2 2UH

Playground Review

Cleanliness 4 / 5
equipment 5 / 5
health and safety 5 / 5
picnic area 3 / 5
toilets 3 / 5

This playground was massive and I lost count of the amount of times that I couldn’t find Xavier, my poor heart at the end of our visit.

There was loads to do, climbing equipment, slides, musical instruments, sand, big pirate ship, swings plus much more.

I would highly recommend you visit if you can, bear in mind that weekends are really busy, if you can visit in term time it will be less crazy.

Xavier’s Review

“I love the big ship mummy its great!”

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