We are now leaving the Palace to take a walk through the gardens towards the Round Pond, which you can see from an upstairs window just beyond the statue of Queen Victoria.  On the way there I really must show you the sunken garden:

The Sunken Garden was laid out during the reign of Edward VII and opened in May 1909 on ground formerly occupied by forcing-houses and potting sheds.  It was intended to demonstrate the formal type of garden that had existed at kensington before it was landscaped in the 18th Century, and was modelled on the “Tudor Garden’ at Hampton Court.  The three lead fountains were formerly cisterns at the palace.

View from Above

The Sunken Garden

13 Comments CherryPie on Feb 18th 2010

13 Responses to “Kensington Palace – The Sunken Garden”

  1. Sean Jeating says:

    Actually, I was never interested in visiting ‘pompous’ palaces. Strolling through the gardens, playing football in Hyde Park, rowing on the Serpentine, and in later years this and that :) – now that’s a different matter.

    • CherryPie says:

      I love the history of the ‘pompous’ palaces but of course I am sure you know I enjoy the beauty of a garden so much more ;-) Now what was it about those later years? :-)

  2. liz says:

    WE’ve just been watching The Tudors dvd and they walk around a garden just like that!

  3. beautiful garden and fountain! very nicely captured :)

  4. Ginnie says:

    What is it about all those ‘pompous’ places in England, CP! I love what they have done.

  5. Phidelm says:

    I love the second pic, as it is so obviously a beautiful oasis of tranquility – not to mention a reminder of when our cities were built on a much more human scale. Gorgeous pix, Cherie.

  6. jameshigham says:

    Why did they do away with the potting sheds?

  7. [...] As promised here are pictures of the Round Pond which is situated in front of Kensington Palace.