Markeaton Park

Superhero Picnic in the Park 2019


Craft village at Markeaton Park

Craft village

Mundy Play Centre at Markeaton Park

Mundy Play Centre

Footgolf at Markeaton Park


Skyline at Markeaton

Skyline at Markeaton

Superhero Picnic in the Park 2019
Craft village at Markeaton Park
Mundy Play Centre at Markeaton Park
Footgolf at Markeaton Park
Skyline at Markeaton

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) updates 

There is much to discover at this time of year on our parks. Please follow the new guidance and visit individually, only with members of your own household, or to meet with just one other person from outside your household if you are alone.

Read what the National restrictions mean at our COVID-19 news story.

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.

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Markeaton Park guide

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What to do

Markeaton Restoration Project

The Markeaton Restoration Project was carried out between February 2012 and July 2015 and included the following:

  • Restoration of the formal gardens and new planting
  • New tennis courts and multi-use games court
  • New parkland and lakeside footpaths
  • New main entrance feature and new entrances from Ashbourne Road
  • Complete refurbishment of the Craft Village to create an event space, Community Room, extra craft unit and new toilet block
  • New play area

The project cost £3,435,749 which included a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and BIG Lottery Fund under the Parks for People programme of £2,535,900 and representing 74% of the total project cost. A further 26% of the budget was covered by Derby City Council from increased revenue funding, Section 106 contributions and volunteer time.

Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and BIG Lottery Fund under the Parks for People


There is disabled access to the park and level paths around the park that are suitable for wheelchair users. There is a car park with ramped access. Play areas, the Craft Village and the Orangery Cafe are all accessible by wheelchair.

Get involved

Book or plan an event

Due to its great transport links Markeaton Park is easily accessible and attracts a regional audience. If you would like to hold an event at Markeaton Park, please head to our space hire page.

Schools and colleges

If you are interested in visiting as a school or group please contact us at