The top 10 parks in Derby

A popular city situated near the River Derwent, Derby is surrounded by beautiful countryside, with its many parks providing a wonderful outdoor space for exploring, relaxing and socialising.    

Below are 10 of the more popular Derby parks, listed in no particular order. 

Darley Park

One of the largest parks in Derby, Darley Park represents 200 acres of wide-open space, row after row of tall trees with a charming boating lake at its heart. 

Home to the third largest collection of Hydrangeas in the world as well as a lovely butterfly garden, the park has quite the distinctive ecosystem, setting it apart from other parks in Derby and, indeed, the rest of the UK.

Markeaton Park

A Derby park that’s so much more than just a green, Markeaton Park boasts, amongst other things, a tennis court, a pitch and putt course, the Orangery café, rowing boats, a Craft Village, a paddling pool, donkey rides, a light railway, and even the ever-thrilling Sky High Ropes. 

The perfect family day out with something for everyone, the park’s extensive facilities make Markeaton one of the most exciting parks in Derby and an absolute highlight of the city.

Alvaston Park

Alvaston Park really lends itself to the sporty and adventurous types, with several football pitches, a model boating lake and a BMX track making up some of the amenities offered at this Derby park.

With a science garden, playground and café also on offer, the park can also be good for a relaxing one with the little ones, with just enough to keep them engaged whilst you have a coffee.

Locko Park

An expansive family estate that’s been open to the public for decades, Locko Park’s ground stretches for miles and is made up of several gorgeous gardens including a beautifully kept rose garden. 

Overlooking the park is the stunning Locko Hall, the centrepiece of the park, and a magnificently restored manor that’s now commonly used for high profile events such as weddings and major corporate events.

Allestree Park

An urban park offering excellent views of Derby, Allestree Park is an ideal picnic spot. With an abundance of scenic spots, including its lakeside paths and the wildflower meadows that border its nature trails, there are few more relaxing spots to while away your afternoon. 

Take in excellent views of the Derwent Valley, indulge in some fishing or head out on one of the park’s orienteering courses at Allestree Park, or just admire the diverse selection of trees – including English Elm and Adders-tongue fern – that make up the park’s mature woodlands.

Osmaston Park

Formed of three distinct woodland areas – Ash Wood, Oak Wood and Elm Wood – Osmaston Park is a habitat for a wide variety of wildlife including house sparrows and song thrushes. 

The park features a playground, a football pitch as well as a skate park, providing the local youth with a wonderful space to explore their passions. 

Osmaston Park also has a community centre which, apart from offering visitors a small café to retreat to, also hosts a number of classes – including martial arts classes, dance classes and their famous rock choir – as well a nursery, Little Angels. The community centre can be hired out for weddings, parties and other private events.

Chaddesden Park

An extensive 24-hectare park offering visitors plenty to do, Chaddesden Park features, amongst its many amenities, a BMX track, large football fields, a library, bowling greens, an orienteering course, a water play area, as well as a charming little café. 

Situated on the former grounds of Chaddesden Hall, the park has a long history with the community and is one of the older parks in Derby, dating back to the 16th century. The park is largely maintained by the Friends of Chaddesden Park.

Dale Road Park

Idyllic wide stretching forests and beautifully crafted monuments make this park one of Derby’s beloved natural attractions. A large open space offering several footpaths to follow, the park is the ideal place to walk your dog. 

Visitors can also enjoy a relaxing stroll or a pleasant jog down one of the park’s several paths, taking in the artistic contributions of talented locals as they do so. If you’re looking for a peaceful outdoor space, Dale Road Park may be the one for you.

Chellaston Park

A small park situated just south east of Derby’s city centre, Chellaston Park is a bit of converted farmland that’s now used for casual games of football, cricket and as a play area for kids. 

The park is encircled by a circular footpath that’s perfect for doing laps around and taking your dog for a walk. 

The park is central, easy to get to and has a community sports pavilion that offers showers and changing facilities, as well as a community room that can be hired out for all number of private functions.

King George V Park

Featuring a number of outdoor tennis courts as well as a cricket and football pitch, King George V Park also offers visitors an outdoor gym to take advantage of, as well as a number of skateboard ramps.

The park has both a car park and is wheelchair accessible, making it easy for anyone to enjoy.

Our new homes in Mickleover, at Cotchett Village, are situated just minutes away from several of these excellent Derby parks so, if you’d like to find out more about living in Derby, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.