Markeaton Park

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Set in 207 acres of parkland Markeaton Park is one of Derbys largest parks attracting over 1 million visitors a year making it one of the most popular parks in the East Midlands. The Park offers a wide range of activities and attractions for people of all ages. The park hosts a number of impressive horticultural displays, including attractive floral displays including formal flower beds and a fountain and the rose gardens feature both new and old varieties which provides a heady combination of fragrance and colour. There is also pitch and putt, a miniature light railway and a fishing lake, tennis courts and cricket and football pitches, a wheeled sports facility which is for the use of skateboards, BMXs and rollerblades, the concrete structure includes ramps, rail and half inch pipes. The old stable yard houses Markeaton craft village, and the library is located next door.

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Pitch and Putt - This is a full 18 hole course. The course is varied with green Tree on Pitch and Putt, distances varying between 86 and135 yards.
The cost is £4.00 full price and £2.00 for reduced rates (concessions: under 16s, OAPs and students). Active member card rates are £3.40 and concessions £1.70. A £3 deposit is required for hire of each club or putter. Tickets and equipment hire is available from the pitch and putt kiosk adjacent the course.

Fishing Lake - The lake is actually part of the Markeaton Brook, which has been artificially widened as it passes through the park. All fishing tickets are interchangeable between sites on day of purchase. Day tickets are £4.10 and £2.05 for concessions. All users must hold a valid rod licence.

Light Railway - A 15" minimum gauge steam train, the "Markeaton Lady" runs from Easter until September at weekends and during the school holidays. The engine is based on the Welsh Quarry service engine which was used at the beginning of the 20th century. The service is weather permitting.

Mundy Play Centre - A children’s paradise suitable for under 13s. There are donkey rides, canoes (under 13s), crazy golf, bouncy castle (under 12s), electric cars/bikes (under 11s) and a large paddling pool.



There are frequent buses to Markeaton Park. The park is located on the following bus routes bus routes 1, 29, 90, 108, 202, 414 and 422.


The traffic free cycle route, Derby cycle route 66 runs in close proximity parallel to the parks eastern boundary. It links up to the National cycle route 54.


The main entrance to the park is via Markeaton traffic island and Markeaton Lane however access on foot can be gained at a number of locations around the periphery of the park in particular via Kedleston Road.


The main entrance to the park is off the Markeaton traffic island where the A38 and A52 cross, here you will find the parks main car park. Additional parking is located on the opposite side of the park by the Mundy play centre which is accessed off Markeaton Lane. Car Parking charges. Up to 4 hours, £1.40 Up to 8 hours, £2.10.
Disabled Drivers. There are a number of allocated spaces for Disabled badge holders on both car parks, the ones on the main car park are near to the Pitch and Putt hut. Disabled parking is free even if you choose not to use a dedicated bay, as long as the permit is on display.


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