Royal Victoria Park, just a short stroll from the city centre, is a beautiful expanse of green parkland. Originally an arboretum, Victoria Park spans 57 acres with plenty to keep you occupied, regardless of age. The park dates back to 1829 and is named after Queen Victoria, who officially opened it in 1830 at the age of 11.
The picturesque Royal Victoria Park is also home to a wide range of attractions. Gather your friends for a fun game of tennis or master the 18 hole mini golf course, which is trickier than it looks! For something a little more relaxing, don’t miss the botanical gardens located at the North end of Victoria Park. Wander the tranquil and sweet-smelling grounds as you while away a peaceful afternoon.
In the summer months, Victoria Park is the perfect place for picnics. Choose to sit in front of the curving Royal Crescent or wander further into the park for a more secluded setting. In the warm mornings and balmy evenings, watch the hot air balloons set up before taking to the skies and floating over the city.
The exciting and expansive adventure playground is the perfect place to wear the children out. Watch them zoom along the zip wire, conquer the pyramid climbing frame and navigate in and out, up and down and round and round all the fun play equipment. Bring a picnic and treat everyone to an ice cream for a memorable family day out. If the kids need to cool off, take a stroll across to the pond to feed the ducks.
Throughout the year there are many bands and musicians performing at the bandstand, as well as fairgrounds and circuses stopping at Royal Victoria Park.
Make sure you explore in the colder months too. Enjoy taking a brisk autumnal walk through the grounds and keep an eye out for the open-air ice rink that arrives in November and December, perfect for getting in the Christmas spirit.
A favourite for locals and visitors alike, this great park has something to offer everyone at any time of year.