Battersea Park Playground is a family favourite, with four distinct play areas 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 crowded during weekends. To help you plan your visit and make sense of it all, we’ve divided our review into four sections covering the main play areas.
4 Different Types of Play Areas in Battersea Park
- The Adventure Playground (free): Aimed at children age 8-14, this play area has more challenging climbing structures than the other areas.
- Young kids play area (free): Aimed at children age 4-7, this is a medium-level play area with slides and climbing frames
- Toddler playground (free): Accessible for everyone, you’ll find safe and solid playground equipment for the youngest ones to enjoy, like the popular wooden train.
- Go-Ape treetop adventure (paid): Rather than having a strict age-limit, the Go-Ape adventure has a minimum height limit of 1 meter. This is an adventurous experience, not for the faint-hearted!
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.
More things to do in Battersea Park
- Battersea Small Animal Zoo
- Battersea Cats and Dogs Home
- Family Cycling
- The boating lake