(Photo: Colin Wing)
The garden at Keats House provides a moment of calm in bustling Hampstead. Mere steps away from the Heath, our beautifully tended garden allows you the opportunity to walk in the steps of one of the most well-loved of the Romantic poets – John Keats.
The earliest references to the garden appear in the letters of Keats himself from his time living here in the years 1819-20. He recounts walking in the garden, seeking inspiration there and gazing at the outside world from his parlour when consumption had rendered him weak.
Look out for two important trees. The large common mulberry may have been known to Keats. He is also said to have written 'Ode to a Nightingale' under a plum tree in the garden, and a newly planted plum tree celebrates this great work.
- Saturday 11:00–17:00
+ Sunday 11:00–17:00
- Bring your own picnic. Visit the adjoining museum (admission applies).
As part of OGSW, we’re highlighting the inspiration and dedication behind the tranquillity of our garden. Come and find out about the hard work carried out by the volunteers who tend our garden and pick up tips from these skilled horticulturists.
Saturday 17 June, 2-3pm; Sunday 18 June, 11am-12 noon.
A guided tour of the Keats House garden, uncovering some of the fascinating and often amusing stories about John Keats and his ‘melodious plot’. This tour will also explore elements of Keats' poetry and how it inspired the existing planting schemes.
Free, booking recommended through keatsevent.eventbrite.co.uk.
Family Day: Minibeast Safari
Sunday 18 June, 1-4pm
Pick up a wildlife spotter sheet and see what birds and beasties you can spy. You can also make a miniature bug hotel to encourage minibeasts into your own gardens and outdoor spaces.
Free, just drop in.
10 Keats Grove
Nearest postcode: NW3 2RR
- 24, 46, 168, C11
- Hampstead Heath, Belsize Park, Hampstead
- Disabled toilet on site.
- Level access. Small amount of pathway not accessible after heavy rain.
- Dogs on leads