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Parks and Gardens list

Although not all the parks and gardens listed below are in the Golden Triangle, they are all within easy walking distance and/or are on public transport routes.

Chapelfield Gardens
Earlham Park
Eaton Park
Heigham Park
Jenny Lind Park
Plantation Gardens

Parks and Gardens in Norwich

A litte bit of history
With over 150 green spaces in Norwich, including 59 natural areas, 95 open spaces and 23 parks, it's not surprising that a few of these are in, or close to, the Golden Triangle area.

Many of these parks are now of historical interest and remain true to the original plans. At the beginning of the 20th century several individuals, societies and the city council (then known as the Norwich Corporation) began buying and leasing land with the aim of developing open spaces with general public access.

There had been, up until this time, limited public space (Chapelfield Gardens being the exception, opened in November 1880) for the population of Norwich, which had undergone rapid growth between 1800 and 1900.

Following the First World War the Corporation decided to construct a series of formal parks as a means of unemployment relief.  One of the first to open was Heigham Park.  Several more were constructed and opened during the 1920s and 30s.

Chapelfield Gardens, Chapelfield North, Norwich

Chapelfield Gardens is an oasis of calm and tranquillity within the old city walls. It is the regular site for the Lord Mayors Celebration funfair. Well known for the beautiful Spring displays of crocuses and daffodils, it is named because it was once the field of St Mary's Chapel: Chapel Field, now Chapelfield. It was opened to the public in 1880.
Junior and toddler play area
Giant chess and draughts
Band stand

Attractive seating area
Historical and horticultural interest
Pedro's Mexican restaurant
Chapelfield Gardens, Norwich

Earlham Park, Earlham Road, Norwich

Earlham Park is a popular destination for walking and recreation. There are 88 acres of open maintained grassland, running down to the River Yare. It is a popular venue for open-air events throughout the year, including Sparks in the Park, the annual bonfire night celebration.
Woods and river walk

Attractive seating area
Horticultural and wildlife interest
Balloon Flights

Eaton Park, South Park Avenue, Norwich

Eaton Park is the largest of Norwich's historical parks, it was opened in 1928. In 1998 it was one of three parks which benefited from an extensive refurbishment programme funded by a Heritage Lottery grant. There is a great range of facilities for all members of the family, and work is on-going: there are plans for a national standard skate park, hopefully opening in 2009.
Bowling and croquet greens
Tennis courts - both hard and grass
Miniature railway - every Sunday
from Easter to mid-October
Putting Green
Model boating pond
Lily pond
Junior and toddler play area
Pitches for football, lacrosse,
rugby and cricket

Cycle speedway track
Pitch and putt course - 18 holes
Netball court
Skateboard park
Community Centre
The quadrant pavilions housing Café Essence, changing rooms and toilets
Attractive seating areas
Historical interest
Eaton Park, Norwich

Heigham Park, Recreation Road, Norwich

Heigham Park was opened in 1924, one of the first in the Corporation's program of formal park building.
Junior and toddler play area
Grass tennis courts
Bowling Green

Attractive seating areas
Historical, horticultural,
Wildlife interest
Heigham Park, Norwich

Jenny Lind Park, Norwich

Jenny Lind is improving! The City Council has been in consultation with local residents and is now using the results to develop outline plans which will be taken back to the consultees and then developed into detailed plans. The council are hoping to share the outline plans with local residents in Spring 2009.

Click here to see the City Council page on the Jenny Lind Park

Plantation Garden, Earlham Road, Norwich

The Plantation Garden is a tranquil Victorian garden just a few hundred yards from the city centre. It was established 140 years ago in a 3 acre abandoned chalk quarry.

Visit the Plantation Garden website
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