Darley Park

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Within walking distance of the city centre, Darley Park offers fine views of Derby and is a peaceful place to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.

In 1929 the Evans family, who were the local mill owners, donated the land Darley Park stands on to the people of Derby. The park had its official opening by the Duke of Kent on 30 June 1931. Nearby Markeaton Park was also opened later that day. Thousands of people attended the opening, including around 4,000 local children.

The park is an ideal place for picnicking and relaxation and has a delightful butterfly garden.

It also houses the largest Hydrangea collection in Britain and the third largest in the world. It currently holds over 400 different types of hydrangea and the collection is still increasing.

Darley park is located on the River Derwent at the gateway to the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site and hosts many events throughout the year.

Did you know, in 2012 the park hosted the end of day 42 in the 2012 Summer Olympic Torch relay.

Tennis courts have now reopened at Darley Park. You can book your court on the InDerby website


Information relating to Coronavirus.

Please note that due to the Coronavirus pandemic and in line with the latest government advice regarding social distancing, venues and attractions are currently closed and events cancelled or postponed. We will be constantly updating the website and will keep people informed of any changes via social media. We urge visitors to follow Public Health England Guidance regarding Coronavirus.