Battersea Park Playground is a family favourite, with several play areas layered on top of each other aimed at different age groups from babies to teenagers.
At first, the layout is very confusing with different play structures and areas everywhere you look, making it a rather frantic place when fully crowded during weekends. To help you plan your visit and make sense of it all, we’ve divided our review into sections covering four distinct play areas.
Fun things to do
- Adventure Playground: A fantastic playground for older schoolchildren.
- Young kids play area: Medium level play area with slides and climbing frames
- Toddler playground: A wonderful wooden train
- Go-Ape treetop adventure (paid): A great challenge for young and old
And don’t forget the other things to do in Battersea Park:
- Battersea Small Animal Zoo
- Battersea Cats and Dogs Home
- Family Cycling
- The boating lake
1. The Adventure Playground
Recommended age: 8-14
The adventure playground is all about climbing up different structures and through ropes to get rewarded by sliding down long thrilling slides. For our six years old some of these areas were pretty scary and high up, so the 8+ recommendation definitely makes sense.
2. The Young Kids Play Area
Recommended age: 4-7
Separated by a small fence from the Adventure Playground, kids different ages flow back and forth between the two sections. In this play area children can enjoy climbing frames and slides that are less adventurous, but more challenging than the toddler area. For our six and three-year-olds, this was the best section for us since both could play together.
3. The Toddler Play Area in Battersea Park Playground
Recommended age: 1-3
The big feature in this area is the wooden colourful (static) train , perfect for role playing. Here you’ll also find traditional play equipment like swings and slides. It’s great that the area is gated and fenced off from the older kids’ areas and all the structures felt really safe making it was the most relaxing part of the park.
4. Go-Ape Treetop Adventure (paid)
Minimum height: 1 meter
Wobbling across bridges and whizzing through the air on zip wires, the treetop adventure in Battersea Park is not for the faint-hearted. For children above 1 meter there’s a junior treetop adventure (adults need to accompany under six, six and above need supervising from the ground), which is a similar height to the first level of the adult course taking around an hour.