London Parks & Gardens Trust

A Cycle Ride in Hackney

Victoria Park

Victoria Park

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Directions

Cross Victoria Park Road to enter Victoria Park through the Queen's Gate. The Inn on the Park is on the left. Tandems, tricycles and other non-standard bikes may not be able to negotiate the Queen's Gate. If that is the case, take Victoria Park Road to the right outside the park and enter the park at the next gate.

If you want a longer ride, you can turn left and follow the carriage road around the edge of the park as far as St Agnes Gate, passing a café and toilet block at the south side of the lake shortly after crossing Grove Road. Otherwise turn right and follow the carriage road to the Royal Gate, with the Royal Inn on the Park on the right. Cross Grove Road and continue along the carriage road to St Agnes Gate, just before the road bends to the left.

Description

In 1840 the Commission of Woods and Forests gave authorisation for Victoria Park to be created as a 'Memorial to the Sovereign' on an area of 77 ha, previously used as brick fields, market gardens, gravel pits and farmland. It was designed by James Pennethorne, who was also responsible for Battersea Park, and what became Finsbury Park. The original layout included a carriage drive around the perimeter, with belts of trees along most boundaries and numerous areas of formal displays.