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Derby's wildest and most scenic park


Allestree Park - It is the wildest and most scenic of Derby’s parks. And comprises of a mixture of woodland, open parkland, a lake, a hall and a golf course.

The Hall, a Grade II* listed building, partly surrounded by tall trees provides a wonderful habitat for wildlife.

Fish pond

History It was Bache Thornhill of Stanton-in-Peak who bought and enclosed Allestree Park. He had an house built at the beginning of the 19th century, but died before it was complete.

After remaining empty for some time it was eventually occupied by John Giradot, a man of great wealth.

Subsequently it passed through several hands, including those of Sir William Evans, whose generosity to the village included the gift of a vicarage.


When Allestree became a parish in its own right in 1864, Evans paid for Henry Isaac Stevens to almost completely rebuild the church.

In 1928, a firm of builders bought the Park, but although some houses were built, the war intervened.

First the army and then the fire brigade used Allestree Hall during the war, the latter only leaving in 1950.

The Council then stepped in and bought the 323 acres of the park, including the hall. A nine-hole course golf was established in 1948, and extended to 18 holes in 1955.

Walking The park is a great place for a walk. The path around the lake being particularly popular.

There is abundant wildlife and a one and a half mile trail leaflet has been prepared giving details of the walk. It can be obtained from the Council House, or Tourist Information Centre.


Telephone 01332 715507 - during office hours
Park Rangers 01332 367800 every day, including weekends, from 9am until 9.30pm.

Fax 01332 716512


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Allestree Park is located on the north side of Derby and is accessed off the A6, Derby to Matlock road. The drive from the A6, lies just beyond the 30mph speed restriction area when you are heading northwards. It leads to a large car park.

There is also an entrance off Woodlands Road, where a car park and picnic benches are provided. In addition there are several other pedestrian entrances.

Click here to go to a special feature on Allestree with an heritage trail and walk to help you explore.


If you enjoy a round of golf, the 18 hole course provides a challenging game. The views of the woodlands and rolling countryside that surrounds the park are excellent.  Equipment may be hired at the golf shop.

Further information please call - 01332 550616. 

NOTE: It is important not to wander onto the golf course and to keep an eye out for stray golf balls when walking near the edge of the course.


A peaceful hour or two can be spent fishing in Allestree Lake. For further information and to book, contact the Park rangers on Telephone Number: 01332 367800.


The pets corner is particularly popular with children. There are a variety of birds and animals, including rabbits, sheep, ducks, hens and peacocks.