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A boy and a girl hold hands laughing as they run towards the camera. They are in a Garden, running along a paved path. To their right and behind them are colourful flowerbeds with yellow and red flowers

Gardens

With stunning views across London, our 16 acres of Gardens are perfect for spotting urban wildlife, architectural treasures, or just a good place to unwind.

Alongside the Grasslands and Sunken Gardens are a number of other fields, meadows and displays, with something for everyone.

Download a map of the Gardens

Sound Garden

This hands on garden space inspired by our musical instruments collection features world instruments you can play on a giant scale.

Wildlife Garden

An outdoor classroom packed with ideas for how to attract wildlife to gardens and green spaces. Groups can book it for their own use, and we also run facilitated school and community group sessions.

Visit the Learning pages to find out more about visiting with your school or group.

Meadow Field

A large green space below the Bandstand, this is the area of the Gardens where dogs are allowed off the lead. The area originally included a boating pond, constructed in the 1920s, but this was drained and resurfaced in the 1960s and is now used as an informal play area.

South Downs Meadow

A quiet, contemplative area at the eastern edge of the site offering views over Kent and the South Downs. Perfect for a picnic, yoga or reading.

Prehistoric Garden

At the top of the Gardens is a display of ‘living fossils’ filled with plant species that have been around for thousands of years, but keep an eye out for the Velociraptor!

The Prehistoric Garden includes a ginko tree, as well as tree ferns, cycads, and a monkey puzzle tree. Monkey puzzle trees were around in the Mesozoic Era. Also in this display is a Wollemi pine, which was thought to be extinct until 1994, when they were rediscovered in a remote location in Australia.

The tree ferns were particularly appealing to low-slung herbivorous dinosaurs like the stegosaurs because they did not grow too high off the ground.

Access

You can watch the video below to get an idea about some of the routes through the Gardens.

While most of the Gardens are wheelchair accessible, some of the paths are uneven and steep in places. Get in touch with our Visitor Hosts if you have any questions about parts of the Gardens.

Amazing views out over a sunlit London from the Horniman.
Sarah