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Brief description of site

The existing site is a mid-18th-century park, remodelled in the English landscape style from about 1755, and completed by Humphry Repton. It overlies an early-18th-century formal garden. Covering an area of about 45 hectares, the site includes lakes, woodland, a walled garden and ornamental planting.

Brief history of site

The site had previously been a wood, the first house here being built after 1616. There was an associated terrace to the south. In 1751, the Earl of Bute described the gardens as filled with 'every exotick our climate will protect'. Robert Adam was commissioned to remodel the house and was also responsible for landscaping the pleasure grounds in the second half of the 18th century. Humphry Repton was commissioned in 1793 and visited three times between 1793 and 1796. The landscape changed little throughout the 19th century. The site is now a public park with free access, under the guardianship of English Heritage.

Location information:

Address: Kenwood House, Hampstead Lane, Hampstead, London, NW3 7JR

Locality: Hampstead

Local Authorities:

Greater London; Camden

Historical County: Middlesex

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 176 Grid Ref: TQ271874
Latitude: 51.5712 Longitude: -0.167445

Directions:

Tube: Archway, Golders Green (Northern) then bus. London Overground: Hampstead Heath. Bus: 210

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The site is open daily except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and January 1st. Core hours are 11.30 am to 4 pm.

Visitor information:

Some parking. Disabled access. WCs. Refreshments. Dogs on leads (restricted areas). Events.

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: public park

Context or principal building: house

Site Style : English landscape garden

Site first created: 1616 to 1796

Main period of development: Mid 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 45

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