Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens are visited by millions of people annually. The 350 acres of Hyde Park and 275 acres of the formal Kensington Gardens provide a green space in central London larger than the principality of Monaco (480 acres). How easy is it to explore these beautiful Royal Parks for those with restricted mobility?
In 1990 the Hyde Park appeal charity was formed to deliver a variety of projects within Hyde Park. After the opening of The Queen Elizabeth Gate in 1993, a commitment was made to provide mobility assistance, completely free of charge, for anyone who finds it difficult to visit The Royal Parks due to advanced age, disability or poor health. From this initial idea Liberty Drives was born.
Liberty Drives tours run Monday to Friday between 10:00 – 16:30 (not on Public Holidays) and usually begin at the Liberty Drives Dispatch Office located near to the public car park at the east side of the Serpentine Lake. Alternatively, passenger pick-ups can be arranged at a number of easily identified locations in the park such as major park entrances or Kensington Palace. The drop-off point can also be at a location of the passenger’s choice within the park boundaries.
The battery powered vehicles offer a quiet means of transport. The knowledgeable volunteer drivers are happy to narrate the tour and point out areas of interest and historical significance and when possible will try to customise tours to meet the needs of individuals or groups. Alternatively, passengers can request a tour with little or no narration if they already know the parks well or simply wish to enjoy the scenery in tranquillity.
It is important to book a Liberty Drives tour in advance. As the service is entirely staffed by volunteers please allow one to two days for a response.
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