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Hampstead Heath, London

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Enjoy over 320 hectares (790 acres) of green public space at Hampstead Heath. Situated in north central London, the park offers a range of recreational activities, including three natural swimming pools, children’s playgrounds, and expansive trails for cross-country running. Holding the title for highest point in London, the park boasts panoramic views of the city skyline from multiple sites. Tour the stately home and grounds of the Kenwood house, or have a picnic on Parliament Hill while watching the sun set over the city. Stop for a warm cup of tea and delicious cakes at the park’s tearoom. Add Hampstead Heath to your London travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our London vacation builder.
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  • August 18, 2017
    Hampstead Heath is like a larger and more diverse version of New York's Central Park. You really feel like you are way out of the city, and anything that you might like to do outside, you can do here....  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    This place is great to go. Here before the museum garden was used to shoot "the lover of Notting Hill". Lost somewhere that will arrive in the 210 bus from station. Back in the 210 bus arrives to ARCHWAY station. There is small Museum of fine arts, one Vermeer and Rembrandt several (Museum of the pepper). Admission donation box, but was taken.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Northern line journey and I was balled over by the greenery, easy walk and nature every where, Visited Fenton House National Trust and its garden then was adviced by the gardener to walk to Hampstead ...  more »
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  • Beautiful place far away from London to view all of the centre, but close enough to see it 😍 from Parliament Hill. The northern parts are more untamed, but not really wild. Great for trail running and jogging and also just walking around. Take care to read the special bylaws on the homepage.
  • What's not to like - a huge space, easily accessible on public transport in London. It is wilder than other parks and it really does feel like you are in the countryside. It isn't particularly easy terrain. A lot of rough paths, but it does have more manicured parts. If you're heading off and one of your party has mobility issues, you might want to research your route. A nice antidote to the city - but if you start getting twitchy in all that fresh air, pubs, shops and cafes are in easy reach.
  • Lovely place for a picnic or just for a walk. We used to live in North London literally minutes away from Hampstead Heath and loved to have some nice and relaxing time in the park. Still going there from time to time but not so often as we moved in a different area.
  • Great place to get away from it all on a weekday. Pretty crowded on weekends. Great for dog owners and open water swimmers. The view from Parliament Hill is worth the climb
  • Love ,love this park! Just minutes of ride on the overground then you're here. It makes me feel like I'm at the countryside,not London at all! For people who like swimming,you can even swim in the open pounds.

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