Regent’s Park

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Regent’s Park map location

Regent’s Park address

Address:
Regent’s Park NW1 4NR
Web:
royalparks.org.uk

How to get to Regent’s Park

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Buses:
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Trains:
Baker Street, Great Portland Street, Regent’s Park
Photo: Chmee2 / Wikipedia Boating lake, Regent’s Park

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Good for kids? Value for money? n/a Worth a visit?

Regent’s Park is No.9 in our list of London’s most beautiful parks.

Regent’s Park was originally part of Henry VIII’s hunting grounds, and ranks alongside St. James’s Park as London’s loveliest open space.

History of Regent’s Park

The park was designed by John Nash in the 1820s, and covers an area of 487 acres. He planned to fill it with aristocratic mansions – but only got as far as a ring of Regency architecture around the outer edge. Despite having the backing of the Prince Regent (later George IV) the cost of the project put paid to his grand plans, and only eight of his fifty-six villas were built.

It was closed to the public until the reign of Queen Victoria, and opened up for two days a week in 1845.

London Zoo, and open-air theatre

Regent’s Park has numerous attractions, including a Rose Garden, boating lake and outdoor theatre. Shakespeare’s plays are performed in the summer, along with food festivals and events.

At the northern end of the park is the world-famous London Zoo – Europe’s very first facility dedicated to the study and display of wild animals.

Whilst animal performances are still a big attraction, recent exhibits have focused more on conservation projects.

Regent’s Canal

Regent’s Canal was opened in 1820, and stretches the eight miles from Little Venice in the west to Docklands in the east. Numerous boat companies sell trips to Camden lock.

 
  •  Guest – “My post is actually a question. Does anyone know if it is permissible to set up a small gazebo to picnic beneath within the park grounds?”
  • Admin – “The best people to ask are the park authorities. Their contact details can be found here -- royalparks.org.uk/‍parks/‍the-regents-park/‍about-regents-park.”

> Talk about this attraction

> Craig’s review of Regent’s Park – “I'm sitting in Regent's Park watching two ducks having a fight. It's quite exciting. They are skimming the lake and flapping and scrapping and squawking and it's definitely going to end in bloodshed. Somebody is going to go home with a dead duck for dinner tonight. It was quite relaxing sitting here by the flower beds and fountains until those two hoodlums came along.… continued”

If you enjoy this then try: London Zoo (you can walk it in 7 mins); Primrose Hill (walk it in 14 mins or catch a train from Regents Park to Primrose Hill) and St. James’s Park (catch the tube from Regents Park to St. James’s Park).

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