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Hampstead Heath

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Hampstead Heath

KidRated’s Hampstead Heath Top Tips:

  • Best for kids & teens: Swimming in the Lido or one of the natural ponds
  • Best for parents: Pop into Kenwood House and have tea and cake at the Brew House Café
  • Top tip: Bring wellies in Winter and swimmers in Summer!

Hampstead Heath is a vibrant outdoor playground in London, perfect for families with kids and teens. With free entry and open all day, every day, it offers a mix of adventure and relaxation amidst nature. The Heath features a 60-meter lido and three natural bathing ponds, ideal for swimmers looking for a splash in a scenic setting.


For those who prefer land activities, there are numerous walking trails and cycle paths suitable for all ages. These routes are great for exploring the area’s natural beauty on foot or by bike, making it easy for the whole family to get active together.


Younger kids will love the various playgrounds scattered across the Heath, where they can climb, swing, and slide in safe, well-maintained environments. The Heath is also accessible, with pathways that accommodate pushchairs and wheelchairs, ensuring that everyone can enjoy the park’s amenities.


Don’t forget to visit the onsite cafes, where families can relax and enjoy refreshments after a day of exploration. Whether it’s for a quick snack or a leisurely meal, these spots offer delightful breaks amidst the lush greenery.


So, pack a picnic, grab your swimsuits or your hiking boots, and head to Hampstead Heath for a day full of adventure and natural beauty that kids and teens will love.


Kenwood House and Gardens can also be found in Hampstead Heath. As can Golders Hill Park which has a small zoo.

Booking Advice:

  • Entrance to Hampstead Heath is FREE
  • Entrance to Kenwood is FREE
  • Bring change if you plan to visit the bathing ponds

Special needs:



Gordon House Road

Phone number:

+44 (0)20 7332 3322


How to get there:

Nearest train/tube stations: Gospel Oak, Kentish Town, Hampstead Heath, Highgate, Hampstead, Archway, Golders Green

Teen Verdict

KidRated | Best Family Days Out, DIY Fun & Games in London


One of my favourite things to do with friends is to go on a walk and have a good chin wag. Hampstead Heath has also been a go to for that. It’s so gorgeous and has those country vibes that you don’t always get in London parks. Even when I was younger, I used to go a lot with my family. Sometimes we’ll go for a walk and then finish the day with a tea or coffee at the cafe. Other times, usually in the winter, we’ll do cold walk and finish it off with a roast lunch in a local pub. Highly recommend that!

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