Head to Hyde Park Stables

Hyde Park has the benefit of a specialist horse riding arena, as well as two set routes for those exploring the park on a horse.

Visitors can find the manege close to the Sports Field near to the playground. Anyone can enjoy a ride and there is also the chance to take lessons or even hold a birthday horse-themed party.

In total there are five miles of bridleways in the park, while the formal areas provide a great space for riding lessons, dressage and jumping.

Riding lessons

Hyde Park is a great place to learn to ride or develop any existing horse skills.

The stables have a host of experienced tutors who can provide semi-private riding for couples or smaller groups, as well as one-to-one tuition.

As well as basic riding, there is the chance to learn more about dressage and jumping. Children can also get in on the act, with staff able to provide guidance to anyone aged five years and order.

Experienced riders

All horse riding in the park is done so with the accompaniment of a escort or instruction, even for the more experienced riders. Those who are familiar with riding are able to have a more active rider and are not be so reliant on a lead rein.

Why not add another dimension to your child’s riding? Enrol your child in The Pony Club and they can experience lots of fun while they learn.

How much does it cost?

The prices of taking riding lessons vary considerably based on whether instruction is given on a group or one-to-one basis. For a group, hour long sessions are available with discounts given if a block of lessons is booked in advance. Private lessons follow different pricing guidelines.

Equipment such as riding hats, boots and wet weather is available to hire free of charge.

It is also possible to purchase gift vouchers – ideal if you have a family member or friend who want enjoy a ride through the London park.

Join the Pony Club

Hyde Park Stables is also a centre member for the popular Pony Club. Options are available for a year, membership allows children without their own horse to be able to work towards a range of badges when they attend their lessons.

Opening times of Hyde Park Stables

The stables are open all year round from 7.30am to 6pm seven days a week – no matter what the weather.

Other attractions in Hyde Park

One of the most popular areas of the park for visitors is the Diana Memorial Fountain. This structure was built in honour of Diana, Princess of Wales and was opened by the Queen in July 2004.

It consists of more than 500 pieces of Cornish granite, which were shaped by high-tech computer technology and assembled using traditional skills.

Visitors are also attracted by the world-famous Speakers’ Corner, which has hosted numerous public speeches and debates since the mid 1800s. Visitors can find the sport on the north-east edge of Hyde Park, nearest Marble Arch and Oxford Street.

An act of parliament in 1872 allows anyone to be able to make a speech at Speakers’ Corner as long as the police consider it lawful. Past speakers have included Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin and George Orwell.

People can hire a variety of rowing and pedal boats on the park’s Serpentine lake, or enjoy a trip on the UK’s first Solarshuttle. Powered only by the sun, the Solarshuttle carries up to 40 passengers at one time.

For those who prefer to get in the water, then Serpentine Lido and its accompanying paddling pool could be ideal. Open on weekends throughout May (including the May Day Bank Holiday) and seven days a week from June to mid-September, it is a lovely way to cool off when the weather warms up.

Hyde Park is also home to the Serpentine Swimming Club, which is believed to be the oldest swimming club in Britain. Members swim every day between 6am and 9.30am and hold a special racing event on Christmas Day morning.

How to get to Hyde Park

The nearest tube stations to Hyde Park are Lancaster Gate and Marble Arch, which are both on the Central Line, and Hyde Park Corner and Knightsbridge on the Piccadilly Line.

There are also numerous buses that serve the area.

Anyone considering driving to the park may want to reconsider as there are limited spaces in the three car parks in the area.

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