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Parks and Gardens
Derby city parks and Gardens
Find out more about some of the parks and gardens in Derby city. Click on the links to the right and look through our photos and panoramic galleries.
Darley Park is located within walking distance of the city centre and is a popular summer getaway for students and families alike. Situated on the banks of the River Derwent, the park is home to an abundance of wildlife.
The park is the home of lots of different varieties of shrubs and trees, some of which are pointed out by numbered posts which make up a tree trail.
The trail starts at the terraced garden, next to the café and is approximately three quarters of a kilometre in length and it incorporates trees from all over the world.
Sport is also a popular with cricket, fishing and orienteering all available within Darley Park. Darley Fields also plays host to bowls and football and Derby Rugby Club is only a stone's throw away.
Originally this park was attached to Grade II listed Darley Hall, however this was demolished by the council in 1962.
To find out more about its history, click on the 'History of Darley Park' link on the right.
Darley Park can be reached from Darley Grove and Darley Park Drive where there is a small car park – and from Mile Ash Lane via Derwent Riverside Walk.
Have a look at our photo gallery and panoramic images of Darley Park by clicking on the links to the right.
Markeaton Park is full of things to do. Feeding the ducks, having a paddle in the outdoor splash pool, taking a ride on the Mundy Express, hiring out a boat on the lake or playing a round of crazy golf are some of the activities that take place in its 211 acres of parkland.
For the more energetic, there is a six kilometre walk that covers parkland, agricultural fields so make sure you wear suitable shoes
There are facilities for disabled people too, with special parking bays at the Markeaton Lane entrance, an integrated play area and mobility scheme.
As well as being a park, Markeaton also offers the opportunity to get involved with a variety of crafts. The village is located in the old stable of the former Markeaton Hall and houses craftsmen and women who specialise in a variety of arts and crafts including sculpture, ironwork, joinery, pottery and photography.
Markeaton Park is located on the west side of the city and is easily accessible from the junction of the A38 and the A52. Parking is also located past the university via Markeaton Lane.
Derby Arboretum Park
Have a look at our photo gallery and panoramic images of Markeaton Park by clicking on the links to the right.
Derby Arboretum was opened in 1840 and is of great historical importance as it was England’s first public park. This then went on to form the blue-print for Central Park in New York.
To find out more about its history, click on the 'History of Derby Arboretum' link to the right.
In recent years, the park has benefited from a multi-million pound restoration scheme. £5.6 million has been spent on a new 'heart of the park' building, new sports facilities, an imaginative play area, the restoration of listed buildings and boundary walls, CCTV provision and cycle tracks.
Planting has also been replaced, restoring it back to its former glory and increasing the number of shrubs and trees on show.
Because of its age, the park has an extensive range of mature trees and plants already. These have all been incorporated into a tree trail.
The park will close at 6pm in winter and 8pm in the summer.
Arboretum Park is located close to the city centre and has two entrances, one on Reginald Street and one on Arboretum Square – off Osmaston Road behind the Royal Crown Derby.
Have a look at our photo gallery and panoramic images images of Derby Arboretum by clicking on the links to the right.
Allestree Park lies just inside the city boundary and boasts over 320 acres of parkland, woodland and wildlife. There is also an 18 hole golf course offering players views across the surrounding area. The course was established in 1930.
Allestree Hall was built in the late 18th Century and is a grade II listed building but has laid abandoned since the 1980s. Next to the hall is pet's corner which is home to rabbits, ducks, peacocks and chickens. There is a also a field of Jacob Sheep as you come up the drive way towards the hall.
The park also offers visitors to take part in a circular walk. The walk is approximately nine kilometres long and should take no longer than three hours. Make sure you wear wellingtons or walking boots though, as the route crosses woodland and pastureland, as well as the banks of the River Derwent. Because of this, the walk is not suitable for push chairs or wheelchairs.
If all that’s not enough, the park is also home to an angling lake.
The park can be accessed from either Woodlands Road or Duffield Road. There is parking facilities at both entrances.
Have a look at our photo gallery and panoramic images of Allestree Park by clicking on the links to the right.
last updated: 04/04/2008 at 15:30