Hyde Park, was opened to the public by Charles I in 1637. It extends over 350 acres offering recreational activities such as open water swimming, boating, cycling, tennis and horse riding. It also provides habitats for a variety of different species of wildlife.
The lakes and freshwater areas provide a safe habitat for bird life and waterfowl such as shelduck, wigeon, gadwall, teal, pintail, shoveler, common pochard, goldeneye, black swans, red-crested pochard, canada and greylag geese, pelicans, moorhen, coot, great-crested grebe and little grebe.
The creation of a meadow area has provided a habitat for many species of butterfly and other insects.
Deck chairs are available for hire from March through to October.
Refreshment Points offering hot and cold drinks and snacks are located around the park.
The Royal Parks Foundation is a registered charity that helps improve and maintain the eight Royal Parks. You can adopt flora and fauna, donate and get activly involved. Click the Charity Link for more details.
Access to Hyde Park is free.