Battersea Park is one of London's
Opened in 1858 by Queen Victoria,
the park was seen as a way of keeping the lower classes in
order by giving them plenty of space for healthy recreation.
The park is bordered on one
side by the Thames and there are excellent views across the
river towards Chelsea.
The 200 acre park is packed with
interest. The most famous feature is the Festival Gardens,
one of the attractions of the 1951 Festival of Britain.
the park is the 100 ft high Peace Pagoda was built beside
the Thames by Buddhist monks and nuns in 1985 to commemorating
Hiroshama Day. The pagoda is one of more than 70 built throughout
Other features include an Old
English Garden, a herb garden, lakes, a deer enclosure, tree
trails and nature trails.
Henry Moore's carving of 'Three
Standing Figures', 1948, can be seen near the bowling greens.
There are also sports facilities,
playgrounds, a children's zoo, a boating lake, an art gallery
and a café. Special events including Bank Holiday funfairs
and firework displays are held throughout the year.
Maps and information can be obtained
from the Park office, to the left of the Albert Bridge entrance,
and at the Pump House, which also has an interactive video
of the park's history.
Since the spring of 2000 Battersea
Park has been undergoing restoration, and will have a new
pier and boathouse on the river and a promenade along the
Thames and the Festival Gardens.