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  • 5.0 star rating
    20/4/2013
    Listed in Living in London

    This park is ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!! It's pretty small and walkable in around 30-45 minutes if you take a slow stroll and look at all the animals that are in the park.  There's a small pond that freezes over in the wintertime, and the ducks just hang out and sit over the ice, it's pretty funny and cute :) There's a small section with a deer enclosure, tennis courts, croquet lawn, golf practice nets, zoo and even a butterfly house!!! It's pretty crazy, it's almost like a small zoo!

    In the spring time, there are yellow and white flowers that bloom all over the lawns and it is absolutely breathtaking!  I run through this park 2-3 times a week and am always shocked by how beautiful it is!  It's attached to Hampstead Heath, and Hampstead extension is about a 3 minutes jog from it as well, if you are looking for a longer distance.  Also if you want something more secluded, there's a whole section with tall trees and dirt trails that you can totally get lost in.  

    Families often take their kids to walk about the park, even in the winter time!  The grass freezes over and I had no idea frozen grass could be so beautiful! This park is also perfect in that there's a cafe with delicious food, drinks, cakes, and ICE CREAM you can relax in that overlooks the park with giant windows!  It can get quite busy on a nice day around 10am, but if you come a bit earlier, it 's really quiet and quite nice to have the place to yourself.  There's no wifi but you can bring a book and settle down with a cup of coffee!  There is also an ice cream truck that parks pretty close to the cafe most times during the spring as well.

    I am so grateful to be living within walking distance to this park!  I haven't seen it in the summertime yet, but I can imagine it to be glorious!!!

  • 4.0 star rating
    12/6/2013
    1 check-in here

    I really like this park. A lot. It's well-marked with signs pointing to the animal enclosures, public toilets, etc. Except for one thing, but I'll get to that.

    It's a small, manageable park with winding pathways and gorgeous trees and flowers. Even on a gloomy day like today was, it still felt like a glorious escape from the city. The butterfly house was tiny, but I used to work at the Bronx Zoo which has a massive butterfly garden, so I'm going to be a bit biased on that end. Though, I didn't see very many butterflies today :-/

    I really enjoyed wandering around and finding new things - there's a refreshment stand (I brought my lunch, so I can't comment on the food), tennis courts, playground, benches everywhere, a fountain, a water garden, etc. Everywhere you turn there's a new way to experience nature.

    However, I was really taken aback by the "zoo." Yes, I realise it's a small zoo and not meant to be an experience in and of itself. Still, I was shocked by how distressed I felt at the site of these animals penned into small enclosures with two chain fences between us. Again, I used to work at a zoo known for having open, fenceless enclosures, so I am biased. But still. I was disappointed because I couldn't really see the few animals they had. And the animals seemed pretty random - ibis, kookaburra, ring-tailed lemurs, and donkeys. All right next to one another. *shrug* To each his own.

    The exception is the deer enclosure, with that one random ostrich dude. He didn't like me too much, judging from his glare. But the deer? Man oh man. They're gorgeous. They looked young, but have clearly been at the park for long enough that they don't run away when you approach them. Although, again, it's a double layer fence you're coming at them through, so I bet they've learned humans can't reach them.

    I will definitely be back - it was a quiet day today and started raining so I didn't get to explore as much as I'd have liked. My main reason for going was the zoo. While I didn't like that, I was very pleasantly surprised by everything else.

  • 5.0 star rating
    4/12/2008
    First to Review

    This is a great Park, my girlfriend lives a few minutes walk away and on a summers day, we often go into the park for a nice stroll. At any entrance you will find an Ice Cream van, or if you can wait, you can find the store that sells the scoop ice cream.

    This is a huge an a very well kept park. There hard and grass courts tennis courts, golf nets and an animal enclosure.

    I love this park, lots to see, loads of nice turns and secret little places to see.

    • Qype User Ech…
    • London
    • 54 friends
    • 83 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    20/1/2008

    Golders Hill Park is right next to Golders Green Tube station, so is very accessible. Once you arrive you'll see a lovely cafe to your right, which has the best ice cream I have tasted in London from coconut to honey comb. The most delightful part of the park is the nature reserve, which houses lots of different animals including birds and deers. There is a dense wooded area, but I wouldn't venture there at night, you may get lost or stumble upon something you shouldn't. All in all it's a lovely day out.

  • 4.0 star rating
    10/3/2010

    One of London's top notch parks. It has a great cafe serving delicious cakes and lunches as well as fabulous ice creams (in summer). The park also has a mini-zoo containing all sorts of cute, furry and outlandish creatures. There is plenty of open ground, a tree nursery, a formal landcsaped garden and a water garden - it has a lot! Well worth a visit if you're in the neighbourhood. There is good disabled acess with many level walks and level access to the cafe too. The walks are all hard surfaced too, so very accomodating for the elderly or disabled.

    • Qype User Na…
    • London
    • 86 friends
    • 268 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    30/11/2008

    OMG Golders Hill park is ace. Parking round these parts gets harder by the day - if you're lucky you'll be able to find a metered space but otherwise it's just up the hill from Golders Green (on the road up to Hampstead). Lovely biggish and very well-kept park. Little flower gardens and a really nice cafe. Best thing? The animals! Lovely bambis and birdies and other creatures to look at and stroke. Good hill in the middle for kite flying as well. A must, especially in spring/summer.

    • Qype User Harmon…
    • Brighton
    • 12 friends
    • 142 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    19/1/2009

    This park is an amazing space. A lot of it is open stretches of grassland, with specimen trees dotted here and there. There are tennis courts right by the entrance thats nearest to Golders Green tube station, which is also great. There are at least two ponds, which are beautifully stocked with marsh and water plants. The less wild pond, in the more populated area, has lots and lots (and lots!) of birds, many of them wild. There's a proper English flower garden, a formal one, a cafe and toilets. There's a field of deer! Amazing, outside of Richmond Park.

    The bit that really astonishes is that if you keep walking uphill, you get to a really wild bit, beyond the park - is it Hampstead Heath? I'm really not sure. But its not parkland, thats definite.

    The one bit that makes me sad is the caged animals and birds, not good - I've noticed conditions improving slightly in the last few years, but its not nearly good enough.

    In total, its a fantastic place, with many entrances and exits, and a wonderful variety of environments.

  • 5.0 star rating
    10/8/2011

    This is a lovely place for a family day out.  It is very well maintained and has large, closely mowed playing fields; a deer enclosure; a small zoo; playgrounds for toddlers and bigger kids; a butterfly house (limited hours but very nice); a flower garden with walkways, benches, and bridges; and a pleasant cafe.  I went here with the family for a summer afternoon and had a delightful time.  It was well populated but far from crowded, even on a perfect afternoon.

    • Qype User CHARLO…
    • London
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    • 74 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    8/9/2012

    This is a lovely park with lots of plants and flowers. It's very well maintained. They also have lots of different species including different types of birds and butterflies. you can opt to sponsor an animal in the park. It is adjacent to Hampstead heath. Parking is a bit of a nightmare around the surrounding roads.

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