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.
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.
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.
Please note that due to the Coronavirus pandemic and in line with the latest government advice regarding social distancing, facilities and attractions are currently closed and events cancelled or postponed. We will be constantly updating the website and will keep people informed of any changes via social media. We urge visitors to follow Public Health England Guidance regarding Coronavirus.