UK Travel Guide


Hyde Park

Hyde Park came into existence in 1536 when the land was acquired for hunting. It has developed over the years in response to the wishes of the Crown and the public and has a tradition of events and public spectacles. There are links with the military through the presence of Knightsbridge barracks on its boundary and the continuing practice of firing Gun Salutes from the Parade Ground. The two most famous features of the Park are the Serpentine, a lake of some 11.34 hectares used for swimming, boating and fishing; and Rotten Row, the world famous riding track, which celebrated its tercentenary in 1990 and was the first public road to be lit at night in this country. Despite its heavy use the Park manages to convey an air of rural tranquillity much valued by both tourists and local users. There is a British tradition in Hyde Park at Speakers Corner, that anyone can speak to the crowd that is usually assembled, on any subject they wish.

Located at: Marble Arch, London, SW1

Telephone: 020 7298 2100

Opens: Phone for details

Cost: free

Closest Subway Station: Hyde Park Corner Station (Click to see more atrraction at this station)