Allestree Park is the largest and perhaps most scenic of the City’s parks. Although lying on the northern boundary of the city of Derby, it merges with the attractive hilly countryside of the south Peak District fringe. A substantial area of the Park is a golf course, but there are a multitude of different wildlife habitats ranging from woodland to the large lake.
The history of the Park goes back to the late 18th century when the present Allestree Hall was built. The Hall is now largely empty, being the subject of several abandoned schemes in recent years, one of them being a nature museum project. The Park is largely used for quiet recreation by Derby’s people, who can enjoy a variety of interesting walks, including two nature trails. It is easy to 'get away from it all' in this splendid park and it is not obvious, when walking in its woodlands and meadows, that it lies within the boundary of an industrial city.
There's lots to do in Allestree Park, and most of it is free. Here are some things you can do...
- Take a walk around the acres of picturesque parkland.
- Have a picnic by the lake.
- Come to one of our many events or book your own event.
- Take some time out in the golf club cafe.
- Try the orienteering course.
- Enjoy a spot of fishing.
Allestree Park is the largest Local Nature Reserve in Derbyshire and was designated in 2002. It hosts a variety of wildlife habitats which provide the perfect home to a wide range of common species and a few rarities, including:
White letter hairstreak butterflies.
Great crested newts.
Several rare waxcap fungi
PLEASE REMEMBER TO PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING WHEN USING OUR PARKS AND OPEN SPACES