Where to go > Parks in West Suffolk

West Suffolk is rich in parks and open spaces, including:
 – Abbey Gardens
 Nowton Park
 – East Town Park
 – West Stow Country Park
 – Clare Castle Country Park
 – Hardwick Heath
 – Haverhill Recreation Ground
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To contact the Parks team, email parks@westsuffolk.gov.uk

Abbey Gardens
With nearly 15 acres of mature formal parkland, the Abbey Gardens feature medieval abbey ruins, beautiful formal gardens, the river Lark, wildlife feeding area, an aviary, a children’s play area, tennis courts, a bowling green and a putting green.
Abbey Gardens, Mustow Street, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 1XL

Nowton Park
Nowton Park consists of almost 200 acres of beautiful Suffolk countryside landscaped over 100 years ago in typical Victorian style, plus the Nowton Park visitor centre. The visitor centre is an attractive timber building complete with a café, park ranger centre and ports changing room facilities. Click here for a map showing directions to Nowton Park's Walled Garden.
Nowton Park, Bury Road, Nowton, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP29 5LU

East Town Park
East Town Park is a 38 acre country park boasting lots of wildlife. The park consists primarily of meadows and woodland, and features an easy access walking trail suitable for wheelchairs, pushchairs and people with reduced mobility, a picnic area and a children’s play area. East Town Park is also the start of the Haverhill Country Walks, a series of circular routes of up to 6.5 miles, east of Haverhill around the villages of Sturmer and Kedington.
East Town Park, Coupals Road, Haverhill, Suffolk, CB9 7UR

West Stow Country Park
West Stow Country Park features 125 acres of woods, heathlands, a river and a lake, plus nature trails, walks and an adventure playground.
West Stow Country Park, Icklingham Road, West Stow, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP28 6HG

Clare Castle Country Park
Clare Castle Country Park is unique in having the remains of a closed Victorian railway station located within the grounds of what was once a Norman Motte and Bailey castle. Its 13.2 hectares include significant areas of open water, and the river Stour runs along its southern boundary.
Clare Castle Country Park, Malting Lane, Clare, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 8NW

Hardwick Heath
Hardwick Heath consists of around 55 acres of open parkland and includes a pavilion. This site has had a varied and interesting history – from a medieval grazing area for St Edmundsbury Abbey, to part of a large private estate owned for over 250 years by the Cullum family, and even a Prisoner of War (POW) camp during the Second World War.
Hardwick Heath, Hardwick Lane, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 2QZ

Haverhill Recreation Ground
The park is open all the year round, planted with lots of spring bulbs and is surrounded by a tree belt. It has a children's play area to cater for different age groups of children, public toilets, a kiosk selling snacks in the summer months and a bandstand that can be hired.
Haverhill Recreation Ground, Camps Road, Haverhill, Suffolk, CB9 8HF


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