While not a major attraction due to the seasonal nature of rose gardens, if you are visiting London during the early summer and you enjoy gardens or flora in general, you should consider making time to visit Queen Mary's Rose Garden in Regent's Park.
Queen Mary's Garden was originally planted in 1934 and named after King George V's wife. Since that time, the garden has expanded to include 85 beds, featuring most known rose varieties and over 12,000 individual rose plants. This makes it one of the largest and most comprehensive rose gardens in the world.
We visited during the first week of June this year and found the viewing of Queen Mary's Garden to be very good. However, our visit was probably 5-7 days early for optimal viewing. Generally speaking, the first few weeks of June are prime viewing time.
Queen Mary's Gardens can be found within the Inner Circle of Regent's Park and covers a large portion of the area within. It is free to visit and there are plenty of benches to have a seat if you wish to simply enjoy being around the roses.
To see the majority of the rose garden will take 30-60 minutes depending on how long you linger around certain beds and how many pictures you take. Rose lovers might very well end up spending longer.
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