Markeaton Park is Derby’s most visited park and is one of the most popular attractions in the East Midlands.
It offers a place to escape from day to day living and city life and experience a little bit of countryside on Derby’s doorstep.
But behind the modern day park lays a fascinating history that is waiting to be discovered. The park as we know it today can be traced back to the medieval period, when the first park was laid out. Over the following centuries the park went through many changes, from arable fields to an enclosed designed 18th century park and hall and finally at the beginning of the 20th century into the public park of today.
The park has many features that mark this history: ancient veteran trees, historic lost roads, old arable field patterns, the 18th century park and buildings and the remains of a Second World War army camp.
Markeaton Park has something for everyone to enjoy, from family fun at the Mundy Play Centre, Hire Ropes course, Craft Village, Orangery Café, formal gardens and fascinating history to explore. The park also has a fantastic yearly event programme.