Grosvenor Park

Grosvenor Park Road, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1QQ

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View of the River Dee from Grosvenor Park. Photo credit Jeff Buck
  • View of the River Dee from Grosvenor Park. Photo credit Jeff Buck
  • Family fun on Grosvenor Park Miniature Railway
  • Grosvenor Park Miniature Railway
  • Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre

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Grosvenor Park is a grade II* registered, green flag award winning park dating back to 1867 covering 20 acres. It's the main ornamental park in Chester whose layout was designed by Edward Kemp. It is extremely popular with residents and visitors to the city alike. Situated just outside the city walls and overlooking the River Dee its one of the finest examples of Victorian parks in the UK. With formal avenues lined with trees, statues, large sweeping lawns surrounded with ornamental shrub beds and display bedding, for which the park has become well known. The bedding displays are planted twice yearly to provide a spectacular and colourful display throughout the Spring and Summer months. There are a number of restored, newly introduced and Grade II* listed features to explore all year round including the Second Marquess of Westminster Statue, Billy Hobby’s Well Community Garden, St Mary’s Nunnery Arch, the Quarry Garden and more. 

The park is a great place to visit with the kids as its home to the popular miniature railway and a great play area. Enjoy a fun filled train ride, open during weekends, public holidays and school holidays Feb to Nov and weekends Dec to Jan. Summer: 10.30am to 5pm. Winter: 11.00am to 4pm. The play area is in a fully accessible area providing play and exploration for everyone. It was designed by local artist, Andrew Small using a range of natural materials.

The park is home to the Lodge, now the Lodge Cafe, set in landscaped grounds offering light lunches, refreshments and even afternoon tea. Open Monday – Friday: 9am – 4.30pm and Saturday and Sunday: 9am – 5pm. 

Every summer the team behind Storyhouse bring their performances to the park with Grosvenor Park Open Theatre. The sounds of popping corks, picnics unpacked and happy audiences are now the defining sounds of Chester's summer. And a great way to experience the park.

However, despite this annual frenzy of activity, Grosvenor Park continues to retain its peaceful character and charm with visitors enjoying more informal activities in this attractive setting.

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Opening Times

Open Christmas
Open New Year
Lodge Cafe (1 Jan 2024 - 1 Dec 2024)
DayTimes
Monday - Friday09:00 - 16:30
Saturday - Sunday09:00 - 17:00
Summer Season (1 May 2024 - 31 Oct 2024)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday07:00 - 20:00
Winter Season (1 Nov 2024 - 30 Apr 2025)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday08:00 - 18:00

* Times are changeable due to events in the park.

Directions

Road Directions

From Wrexham via A483 - 15 miles From Crewe via A51 - 23 miles From Liverpool via M53 - 27 miles From Manchester via M56 - 40 miles

There is no on-site parking available but nearby parking can be found in and around Chester with the nearest, NCP Pepper Street car park, just 200yds away.

Public Transport Directions

Park & Ride:

Boughton Heath (CH3 5QD) - drop off at Frodsham Street Sealand Road (CH1 4LQ) - drop off at Chester Bus Exchange Upton (CH2 1EU) - drop off at Frodsham Street Wrexham Road (CH4 9DE) - drop off at Foregate Street

For more details visit Cheshire West and Chester Park and Ride

Bus and train:

Regular services available, visit: www.traveline.info

Cycle:

National Cycle Network Route 568 (access to Grosvenor Park off Dee Lane) - cycle racks are available at the park.

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    Recent Reviews:

    • FyingKiwi
      Christchurch, New Zealand
      Pleasant Stroll
      3 of 5 stars
      Monday, 6th May 2024
      Park allows for a lovely stroll through large tracts of grass areas where picknickers abound, and small wooded areas where an assortment of birds and squirrels appear to outnumber the guests they... Read full review
    • David0ff82
      Liverpool, United Kingdom
      A nice stroll
      5 of 5 stars
      Friday, 31st May 2024
      Took a lovely stroll through the park June 2023 with my partner whilst visiting Chester. We were lucky with the weather and the park was pretty peaceful. It is well kept and the squirrels are so cute... Read full review
    • Maps05256622950
      Sandbach, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Shame on Chester City Council for its neglect of this important public space
      1 of 5 stars
      Friday, 28th June 2024
      It’s a few years since we visited this pleasant and long established gardens. Chester city Council should be ashamed of itself for its appalling neglect of this formerly beautiful park. The borders... Read full review

    Facilities

    Accessibility

    • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors

    Provider Facilities

    • Dogs Accepted

    Contact Us

    Tel: 0300 123 7026

    Tel: 0300 123 7026

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