London Parks & Gardens Trust

Anticlockwise Kensington Walk

Cornwall Gardens

Cornwall Gardens

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Directions

From Lexham Gardens, follow the path next to No. 46. Cross a mews and go up a slope into Cornwall Gardens. The middle (second) section is usually the one that opens on Open Garden Squares Weekend.

Description

Cornwall Gardens was developed from 1866 to 1879 on a block of land belonging to the Broadwood family, the famous piano makers. The garden is in three sections. The magnificent plane trees, planted in 1870, are among the tallest in London and, with several other species, contribute to the tranquil atmosphere of a woodland garden. Most of the railings were lost in WW2, but privet hedges now add to the cosy, secluded feel.