Glen Gardens can be found on the south side of Filey, North Yorkshire. It’s a relatively small park but during the summer months, there is plenty to do and for not a lot of money. It is also just a short walk to the beach, the south beach is sandy and the tide doesn’t tend to come in as far as the north beach.
Glen Gardens were built in the 1830’s and were originally pary of the estate of Ravine Hall. The hall no longer exists and a cafe now stands in the same spot that the hall used to be.
If you use google maps to get you there you may find it doesn’t take you to the main car park. Keep your eye out for brown signs to the park. There is a small number of free parking space on the road but these are a rarity. We park at West avenue parking that supposedly has 1,000 spaces although I’m not convinced on that one. It’s a pay and display car park, I will cover the costs at the bottom of this post.
Things To Do Glen Gardens
If you enter the park near the car park you will come to a large grassed area perfect for picnics. This then leads to the playground. There are a few pieces of equipment with something to suit most ages.
From here if you walk in the direction of the sea you will come to their cafe. This has indoor and outdoor seating. They serve hot and cold food and drinks at very reasonable prices. I can recommend the cake and also the freshly cooked doughnuts.
Next to the cafe is where you will find the rest of the park’s attractions. These are usually open during the summer holidays and for a few other times of the year. All the attractions are great value for money with crazy golf at just £1.50 per person and pedalos starting at £3.90.
My son had a 5-minute bounce on the trampoline for £1.40. He could have stayed on longer as there wasn’t a queue. Most of the attractions were open by 10 am and we virtually had them to ourselves at that time.
We then had a go at crazy golf. This was incredibly cheap at £1.50 each. It’s probably the cheapest round of crazy golf we’ve ever had. There are 16 holes and they are all very short with an obstacle on most of the holes. The main challenge was trying to put the golf ball down without it rolling away. It was all good fun! You can also try putting also at just £1.50 each.
They have electric coin operated motorbikes for the kids. These are just 20p a go which again is great value for money. There is a small man made water area where you can rent a pedalo. This is £3.90 for 3 or £4.40 for 4-5 people. You rent the pedalo for half an hour. They also sometimes have canoes you can rent for £2.00 for half an hour.
Glen Gardens Filey | Things to do
Once you’ve spent some time here enjoying the facilities you could also pop down to the beach to extend your visit to Filey. It’s a long walk down from the car park but just a small section of steps down from the edge of the park.
There’s another cafe down here plus a shop selling items for the beach. If you want to have a go at more crazy golf there are a couple of courses on the opposite side of the long path down.
During high tide, the beach is often covered by the sea here although there is more chance of sand here for more of the day than further along. There are public toilets at the park and the beach although I am yet to find them.
Glen and Crescent Gardens Filey
The park then extends towards Filey and becomes crescent gardens. This is a more formal garden with flowers and raised beds. These were built in 1835 for the guests of the Crescent hotel and its nearby residents. We didn’t venture that far but the gardens extend together towards the centre of town.
Important Information about Glen Gardens
Address: West Avenue, Filey, North Yorkshire, YO14 9JL
Car parking at Glen Gardens – The closest and biggest car park is a pay and display at West Avenue. It isn’t cheap but unless you can find a free parking space on the road Filey is generally expensive for parking. High season it costs £2.20 for 1 hour, £3.30 for 2 hours, 6 hours parking is £6.00 and there are other options.
Glen Gardens Filey Park Prices – The park itself is FREE to visit and to walk around. The playground is free. Coin-operated kids bikes are 20p a go. £1.50 per person for crazy golf or putting. £3.90 or £4.40 for pedalos and £1.40 for the trampoline.
Facilities at Glen Gardens Filey Park: There is a cafe, playground, crazy golf, putting, pedalos, coin-operated cars for kids and trampolines.
Opening Times: The park is open all year round 24/7. The facilities usually open around 10am and close around 5pm. These are not all year round.
Accessibility – Most of the paths are accessible for wheelchairs or pushchairs. I did not notice a baby change or a disabled toilet.
Is Glen Gardens Dog Friendly: Dogs are allowed on a lead
Are there places to picnic at Glen Gardens: Yes there is a large grassed area or you could head on down to the beach.
Category: Parks, suitable for all ages.