Greenhead Park is a beautiful urban park located west of Huddersfield town centre, West Yorkshire. It was originally opened in 1884 and it still retains much of its charm from the Victorian era. Not only is it an English Heritage grade II listed property but it is also in a conservation area.
The park is surrounded by roads on all sides but you wouldn’t know that you were near the hustle and bustle of town living. We stopped off for an hour and a half on our way to North Wales. I just didn’t fancy stopping at a busy motorway service station and this park did a fantastic job of making a long journey more bearable.
Things To Do Greenhead Park
There is a great variety of things to do at Greenhead Park. Most facilities have reopened but a few such as the miniature steam railway and paddling pool remain shut this summer. They also usually have horse and carriage rides plus children’s rides in the summer but there is no sign of this happening in 2020. When the train is running it only runs on a Saturday from 1:30 pm to 4 pm.
Although the play areas have reopened there are a few things not open or have been taken away. They are not providing any hand sanitiser so make sure you take your own. The play areas are dotted around the park. There is also an adult size assault course.
There is a skate park plus tennis and multi sports courts that you can book a slot for, a bowling green and petanque.
Greenhead Park Huddersfield | Visitor Guide
The heart of the park boasts a huge memorial to the first world war. Originally named the Great War Memorial, it now acts as a memorial for both World Wars. It’s one of the most impressive memorials I’ve ever seen with a big oval building flanking a huge cross and big iron gates. Even the steps up to it are magnificent. I believe this is what English Heritage has listed as grade II.
The grounds of the park seem very well looked after and the pretty Italian Gardens are worth a walk around. There are also some big rocks that kids can climb on around here with a mini tunnel going underneath some of them.
Also in this area, you will find one of two cafes. Both cafes are only open for takeaway although the smaller one does have outside seating. The only toilets we could find open were in the cafe and they were for customers only.
My son loved having a dance in the massive bandstand. The acoustics are excellent.
There is also a large paddling pool but sadly that was closed. Plus a pretty ornamental lake. If you’ve forgotten to bring duck food you can purchase some from the cafe by the tennis courts.
Important Information about Greenhead Park
Address: Trinity St, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire HD1 4DT
Car parking at Greenhead Park – I parked for free on one of the roads that runs alongside the park. A lot of the parking is for residents only but even on a busy Friday, I found a space. There is also a Pay and Display car park (including disabled parking spaces) behind the park which costs £1 per hour for up to 3 hours – customers of the park’s larger cafe get one hour’s parking refunded.
Greenhead Park Prices – The park itself is FREE to visit and to walk around. The playground is free. There is a charge for the sports courts. Tickets for the train are £1.50 per person. Other extra summertime facilities have an additional charge.
Facilities at Greenhead Park: There are two cafes, playgrounds, an ornamental lake, gardens, a war memorial. In the summer there is a steam train, rides and horse-drawn carriage rides.
Opening Times: The park is open all year round 7 am until 8 pm. Hours may change. Please click here for more information.
Accessibility – Most of the paths are accessible for wheelchairs or pushchairs. There are disabled toilets and baby change in the smaller cafe.
Is Greenhead Park Dog Friendly: Dogs are allowed on a lead
Category: Parks, suitable for all ages.
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