There once was a house with the name Golders Hill on this site; its grounds were converted into a public park in 1898. The house was destroyed during World War II in 1940.
Today, Golders Hill Park features a formal flower garden with a fountain and a pergola, a duck pond, an orchard meadow, and a water garden.
There are also a deer enclosure, a small zoo and a butterfly house, as well as a playground, a putting green, and tennis courts. A cafe stands on the site of the old house.
These features make Golders Hill a much-loved family park. Another big attraction is its large main lawn, which is great for picnics. There is a bandstand, too, where music is played on summer Sunday afternoons.
How to get there:
The park has several entrances. There are gates close to Golders Green station on the Northern Line, and the busses numbers 210 and 268 stop outside the north-eastern entrance, where the cafe is.
You can also reach Golders Hill Park from West Heath, there are more gates off Sandy Road; the Hill Garden and Pergola is nearby, too.
For more details, see this map of Hampstead Heath (PDF).
Golders Hill Park closes at night, and opens again at 7:30am. The opening times can be found on the City of London Corporation's website.
Links to other websites:
- City of London Corporation - Visitor information and map
- Golders Hill Park on Wikipedia
- Barnet Online - pocket history of Golders Hill and North End NW11
Photos of Golders Hill Park:
Boy with fish fountain in the flower garden - 24 June 2010
The orchard meadow in summer - 24 June 2010
There are more pictures in my Flickr set of Golders Hill Park.