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A riverside walk/ride links this park to the city


Alvaston Park - The most prominent feature of the park is its lake, which provides a home for a large number of swans and other wildlife. Both native and exotic trees are to be found in the park.

The park backs onto the River Derwent, where a riverside path/cycle route links both Derby City Centre in one direction and Elvaston Country Park in the other. Another route, along the filled in Derby Canal, goes to Chellaston, Swakestone, Melbourne and on into Leicestershire.

History - In 1910, William Curzon of Breedon Hall gave 30 acres of land for the use of local people. William Barron and Son of Borrowash laid out the park, which was opened to the public in 1913.

In 1923 a five acre lake was added and after the second world war 61.8 acres of land to the south was added as sports playing fields.

Wilmorton College, which later became known as Derby College, was built on a former tip in the 1960s. On land situated to the west of the park, that used to belong to Osmaston Hall. The hall was the home of the Fox and Wilmot-Horton family from which the college got its name. 

Modern housing is currently being built on the former college site, which provides access to Pride Park.


Park Facilities - 2007.

  • children's playground

  • BMX track and Skateboard park with 'Half Pipe' and ramps  

  • cricket pitch

  • full size football pitches

  • five-a-side football pitches

  • 2 basket ball courts with rubber surfaces

  • tennis courts - 8 grass and 2 tarmac

  • fishing lake, featuring swans and numerous other wild birds

  • Riverlife Way - from city centre to Elvaston Castle Country Park

  • cycle routes as part of Riverlife Way

  • cycle route along disused Derby Canal via Chellaston to Melbourne

Heritage Walk - Click here to go to an heritage walk along the Derwent.

Note: The earth taken from forming the lake was used to create the banked track at the Municipal Sports Ground on Osmaston Park Road.


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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Alvaston Park is located on the south side of Derby and Vehicle access to the car park is via Meadow Lane, off the A6. Half a mile towards Alvaston from the Pride Park/Ascot Drive roundabout. The Alvaston bus from the city centre stops outside the pedestrian entrance to the park

The park lies adjacent to the River Derwent and from here you can walk or cycle along the riverside path - north west to the city centre or south east to Elvaston Country Park.


A special new sub-section has been added to this website, based on the Discover Derby Supplement, published by the Derby Evening Telegraph during March 2005. The most recent additions are:

 Click below for details.

Discover Derby


The Alvaston Tree Trail consists of both native and exotic spieces which are known to grow and thrive in the British Isles.  A leaflet to assist in identification is available. It details both newly planted and established trees.


The Fiends of Alvaston Park have their own website.