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The Royal Borough’s largest park with
22.5 hectares of gardens, children’s play facilities, sports areas,
and large areas of woodland abundant with wildlife. Contained
within the park is the beautiful Kyoto Garden; a Japanese garden
donated by the Chamber of Commerce of Kyoto in 1991.
Holland Park provides facilities for tennis, football, golf
practice nets, cricket practice nets and netball. Health walks and
other activities are also run in the park. For more
information see sports facilities in
parks or to book the facilities call: 020 7602 2226.
Holland Park is also the base of the borough's Ecology Service. The Ecology Centre at
Holland Park runs a series of events, activities and educational
visits and workshops for schools. We also run a wildlife club for
children, holiday activities, and a full programme of events for
The park is open daily from 7.30am until 30 minutes before
Holland Park is spread across 54 acres of what used to be the
grounds of Cope Castle, a large Jacobean mansion hidden in the
woods. It was built by Sir Walter Cope in the early 17th century,
who became Chancellor of the Exchequer under King James 1. It was
renamed Holland House after the Earl of Holland’s wife Lady Rich
inherited the property.
Holland House was badly damaged during World War II. One wing
was saved and is used as a youth hostel. A remaining section of the
front terrace is now used as a distinct backdrop for the park's
summertime open-air theatre productions and classical concerts.
Holland Park Kyoto garden was designed and built by an eminent
Japanese Garden designer and his team to celebrate the Japan
Festival in London in 1992. It was a co-operative project between
the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and the Kyoto Chamber
of Commerce in Japan.
The park is easily accessed via
Kensington High Street underground station:
Notting Hill Gate underground station: