If you love the outdoors, enjoy a little peace, or just want to take in the fresh air, then our list of five parks and gardens is in Hull & the East Riding is for you!
If you love the outdoors, enjoy a little peace, or you just want to take in the fresh air and enjoy what the natural world has to offer, then our list of five parks and gardens in Hull and the East Riding is for you. Whether you need a play area for the grandchildren or a picnic bench for lunch with an elderly friend or relative, there’ll be something below for you. From stately homes to royal celebrations, have a look at our top picks below.
If any of your more senior friends or loved ones love history, this is the place to be.
Burton Constable Hall boasts 330 acres of listed parkland and gardens to explore, which, during the late 18th Century, Lancelot “Capability” Brown was responsible for landscaping.
The park is filled with interesting features, including two long serpentine lakes and an accompanying bridge, a Haha, and even a former Orangery. There are several walks and trails of different lengths to enjoy, which you can choose according to the time available or your fitness level. There is also a children’s play area to keep the little ones entertained.
Much, if not all, of the parkland, is off-road, so many of the walks and trails may be inaccessible if you have a standard wheelchair. You can buy tickets online or at the entrance, and if your curiosity gets the better of you, why not take a peek inside the Hall, too!
Formed to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, Coronation Gardens, located on North Bar Within, Beverley, is a popular but peaceful green space to sit and watch the world go by.
Filled with benches, lined with trees, flowering plants and bushes, and featuring a raised sensory patch, on a sunny day, Coronation Garden is the perfect place to stop for a coffee or meet a friend. Why not pack a flask, some sandwiches, and perhaps a blanket for the younger ones, and enjoy a picnic before discovering the town?
The garden extends further back than you might expect and offers small nooks to explore. There are also one or two information points around the park to explain its history. Fully accessible and open all day, all you need to do is check the weather!
East Park, which opened in 1887 for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria, is also a listed park. In the centre of east Hull, East Park is easily accessible and has car parking on site.
At East Park, you’ll find something for all the family, including a free animal education centre, adapted cycling facilities, a water play area, a children’s play area and a splash boat. There’s also a library and café on site.
East Park is a wonderful place to bring older relatives or friends that may have a disability or limited mobility. The park is paved, and the adapted cycling facilities mean that once registered, even those who use a wheelchair can enjoy a scenic cycle ride within the precincts of the park. For more information, see the Hull Culture and Leisure site below.
Before being a public garden, Queen’s Gardens was once a dock and is the perfect place to contemplate Hull’s seafaring history. Under the watchful gaze of the William Wilberforce Monument, you can take some respite from the bustling city and sit and relax with a flask or a picnic.
Whilst there, you can take a look at the Peace Garden, enjoy the water features, and if the season’s right, watch out for the ducklings on the pond.
The gardens are very accessible with paved walkways and ramped access. Queen’s Gardens is undergoing major redevelopment work alongside Hull Maritime Museum and Northend Shipyard, so pop along to see what’s happening.
Located just off Long Lane to the south of the centre of Beverley, Beverley Parks and Millennium Orchard is a lovely spot to enjoy a picnic and a wander. Designated a Local Nature Reserve, Beverley Parks incorporates a tranquil woodland area and formerly farmed fields where you can breathe in the peace, quiet and beauty of nature.
Nearby, in Millennium Orchard, there are plenty of picnic benches where you can enjoy a bite to eat after taking a stroll around the resident apple and pear trees. The orchard is a long-term effort in conservation undertaken by East Riding Council and the Women’s Institute and contains some lesser-known types of apple and pear, like the Beverley Pippin!
Fresh air and greenery are a true restorative, so we hope you’ve found somewhere on our list you’d like to explore next time you’re out with friends. It’s remarkable what a little bit of nature can do!
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