Holland Park

Address: Ilchester Place W8

The Royal Borough’s largest park with 22.5 hectares of gardens, children’s play facilities, sports areas, a cafeteria 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 all ages.

Holland Park Improvements Consultation

The Council plans to make improvements to the area around Holland House in Holland Park and is undertaking a consultation on its proposals.  A consultation exhibition will be open throughout the consultation period in the old Ecology Centre in the Stable Yard (close to the Ilchester Gate entrance).

The  consultation exhibition will be open every day from 10am -6pm and staff will be available to answer your questions at the following times:

  • Friday, 24 June 12-2pm
  • Thursday, 30 June 4-7pm
  • Wednesday, 6 July 5-7pm
  • Saturday, 9 July 10am -1pm
  • Tuesday, 12 July 9:30-11:30am
  • Monday, 18 July 12-2pm

There are three key aspects to the improvement work:

  • Creating a appropriate setting for the Grade 1 listed Holland House by replacing the gravel and Astroturf on the south terrace with a hard landscaping scheme that enhances this part of the park.  This will include the provision of new gates at the cafe side of the terrace which will create better views of Holland House from the park.
  • Realigning the service road to the terrace that runs immediately adjacent to the cafe to improve safety. Realigning the service road will involve relocating the cafe’s outdoor seating area to be closer to the cafe building.
  • Improving access to the south terrace through the provision of a ramped path from the Duchess of Bedford end of Holland House which will allow wheelchair and pushchair access.   

The improvements will make better use of these spaces, improve safety and improve the visibility of Holland House from the park and are intended to provide an improved, high quality amenity for the park.    

The consultation runs from 20 June – 31 July 2016.   

The consultation survey is available at the exhibition or can be completed online.

Online consultation survey

There are also three sketches showing the proposals which will be helpful for those completing the survey form online.  These can be accessed below.

Visual Green Walk Render [PDF] (file size 111.2 KB)
Visual Cafe Terrace 1 Render [PDF] (file size 131.53 KB)
Visual Southern Terrace Render 2 [PDF] (file size 117.68 KB)

Opening times

The park is open daily from 7.30am until 30 minutes before dusk. 


Download the Holland Park Management Plan [PDF] (file size 688Kb)

See links below for walks in and around Holland Park:




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 Park- history

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. 

Finding us

The park is easily accessed via

Kensington High Street underground station:


Notting Hill Gate underground station: