The Park was designed by architect John Nash and is named after the Prince Regent, who later became King George IV.
What is there to see at The Regent’s Park?
There is plenty to see and do in the 395 acres that make up The Regent’s Park.
Wander through Queen Mary’s Gardens and surround yourself with the scent of nearly 12,000 roses. Keep an eye out for the ‘Royal Parks’ rose as you make your way through the garden which is also home to the Delphinium border and Begonia Garden.
The park is full of wildlife, particularly birds including a colony of grey herons near the boating lake, where you can also hire boats and pedalos during the summer months.
To see more exotic animals head to the northern edge of the park where you’ll find London Zoo. The zoo is home to more than 700 animal species such as meerkats, penguins, lions and giraffes.
For a more active day out, you’ll find plenty of sports and leisure options on offer including a running track, tennis courts, football, cricket and rugby pitches.
If culture is more your thing, check out Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre which hosts a programme of events from May to September. Enjoy plays, musicals and comedy in a magical setting surrounded by trees and greenery.
To soak up some spectacular views across the city, make your way to the top of Primrose Hill. This grassy area was once a place where duels were fought and prize-fights took place. Now you can see Shakespeare’s Tree, planted to mark the 300th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth.
What is there for children to do in The Regent’s Park?Four playgrounds provide lots of fun and adventure for the little ones.
There are traditional swings, slides and climbing equipment in Gloucester Gate Playground, and for the brave there’s a 50-metre zip-line.
You’ll find Hannover Gate Playground next to the boating lake. It contains a traditional play area for younger children along with a timber treehouse section for the older kids.
Marylebone Green Playground has three distinct zones including a traditional area with seesaws, climbing frames and sand pits. There’s plenty to clamber over and on in the Natural zone and a rock-climbing wall in the Art Zone where the annual Frieze art show takes place.
Where is The Regent’s Park?The Regent’s Park is in the north-western area of central London.
How do I get to The Regent’s Park?The closest Tube stations to The Regent’s Park are Regent’s Park (Bakerloo, City & Hammersmith, Jubilee and Metropolitan lines), Great Portland Street (Metropolitan, Circle, Hammersmith & City lines), Baker Street (Bakerloo, City & Hammersmith, Metropolitan, and Jubilee lines) and St John’s Wood (Jubilee line). All four stations are within a 20-minute walk away.
There are plenty of bus routes with stops close to The Regent’s Park.