Explore the history of London's Royal parks this winter.
19 November and 17 December 2021, 12.00
Hidden Stories of Hyde Park
Explore the history of Hyde Park through the decades, including the notorious criminals that met their untimely end at the Tyburn Tree, the inception of Speakers' Corner and the park's instrumental role during WW1.
Experience the magic of Hyde Park as you visit the Serpentine, where Peter Pan had his first adventure in JM Barrie's novel "Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens". Finally, finish with an exclusive visit to our Victorian Pet Cemetery, the first public Pet Cemetery in Britain, where over 1,000 pets have been buried.
26 November 2021, 14.00
Albert Memorial Tour, Kensington Gardens
Join us on a fascinating tour of the Albert Memorial which will take you beyond the railings. Get a closer look at the Frieze of Parnassus and other fine details of the greatest monument of the Victorian era.
Hear about Victoria and Albert’s passionate relationship, Victoria’s response to his death and the story of how the monument came to be built in this very distinctive style.
This tour is aimed at adults. Please note that due to the steep steps up to the Albert Memorial, the second half of the walk is not accessible for people in wheelchairs, with reduced mobility, or with push buggies.
3 December 2021, 13.15
Hidden Stories of St James's Park
With Buckingham Palace on one side and Downing Street on the other, this walking tour of St James’s Park will put you at the heart of many momentous events in British history.
The first half of the walk takes in the park’s royal history, revealing how it helped court a king’s mistress, the exotic royal pets it’s been home to and its dark underbelly. After you've taken in the park's incredible heritage, you will end your walk with the resident pelicans’ daily feeding. Aimed at attendees over 18 years of age.
Why not try one of a number of self-led ways to explore the parks, for people that want to wander but would like a little direction? You can download the walks from the Royal Parks site.