Princes Gardens

Home to Chapel Off Chapel, Princes Gardens is a popular park for recreation, relaxation and entertainment. The gardens feature a skate park, tennis courts, outdoor basketball full court, playground, shaded areas and ample lawns.

Princes Gardens are located next to the Prahran Aquatic Centre and Princes Close Childcare Centre.

The Princes Gardens Tennis Courts features three plexi-pave tennis courts with public toilets and floodlights. 

Book courts online through the Tennis Australia website


Originally a timber yard and saw mill, Prahran Council purchased the grounds in 1906 to turn it into public gardens. Originally called Malvern Road Gardens, it was renamed Princes Gardens in 1921 to commemorate the visit of Edward, Prince of Wales, the year before.

In 1924, Council purchased additional land for a children’s playground and wading pool, installing the ornamental gates at the Malvern Road entrance to the gardens at the same time. Prahran Swimming Pool replaced the wading pool and opened in 1964.

The Independent Church, built in 1859, now heritage registered, was purchased by Council in the early 1990s and transformed into Chapel Off Chapel.

In 1997, Council created the Stained Glass Garden to remember those who died as a result of serving in the Vietnam War.

For more information, contact Stonnington History Centre.

Public transport

The nearest public transport services are: 

  • Tram route 78 along Chapel Street
  • Tram route 72 along Malvern Road.

Use Public Transport Victoria's Journey planner.