Battersea Park

sights / Parks & gardens

Battersea Park information

Location
London , England
Getting there
Train: Battersea Park
More information
www.batterseapark.org
Opening hours
8am-dusk
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With its Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth sculptures, these 50 hectares of gorgeous greenery stretch between Albert and Chelsea Bridges. The park’s tranquil appearance belies a bloody past: it was the site of an assassination attempt on King Charles II in 1671 and of a duel in 1829 between the Duke of Wellington and an opponent who accused him of treason.

The Peace Pagoda , erected in 1985 by a group of Japanese Buddhists to commemorate Hiroshima Day, displays the Buddha in the four stages of his life. Refurbishment has seen the 19th-century landscaping reinstated and the grand riverside terraces spruced up. At the same time, the Festival of Britain pleasure gardens, including the spectacular Vista Fountains, have been restored. There are lakes, plenty of sporting facilities (including all-weather football pitches), an art space called the Pump House Gallery and a small Children’s Zoo .