Alvaston Park

Alvaston Park is a picturesque, riverside park covering 85 acres. It's situated in the south of Derby, about two miles from the city centre. It has a brand new Science Garden for you to explore - so whether you want to learn, be active or relax, there's something for everyone.


Alvaston Park's facilities

  • Community building
  • Café
  • Lake
  • Fishing
  • Science Garden
  • Play area with zip-slide
  • adiZone outdoor gym
  • Cycle route
  • BMX track and skateboard park
  • Pitches with changing rooms
  • Toilets
  • Car park.

What can I do at Alvaston Park?

  • Have a picnic by the lake and river.
  • Take your bike and cycle around the park or try out some tricks on the BMX track.
  • Do some exercise at the adiZone outdoor gym for free or book one of our football pitches and have a game.
  • Explore the park by taking a walk around the 85 acres.
  • Learn something new by checking out the Science Garden.

BMX track

Our BMX track is one of the best in the country. The National Standard track has hosted regional and national race meetings.

The track is open to the public and available at any time, except when race events are being held.

Science Garden

Alvaston Park Science Garden officially opened on Wednesday 18th January 2012.

There are a number of installations around the park which form the Science Garden and provide free, interactive entertainment for all ages.

Use the Garden to explore the world in different ways by:

  • using shadows to tell the time
  • working out how tall the giant pencil is
  • thinking about the meaning of every day words such as 'bigger'
  • strolling through the inner solar system.

For more information, visit

History of Alvaston Park

The park opened to the pubic in 1913 after William Curzon of Breedon Hall made some of his land available. It was landscaped by William Barron and Son of Borrowash – a firm founded by the young Scotsman who laid out the park at Elvaston Castle for Lord Harrington in 1830.

A five acre lake was added in 1923, and a further 61.8 acres was added to be used as playing fields after the Second World War.

How can I get involved in Alvaston Park?

Alvaston Park Friends group acts as a partnership between us (the Council), users and local communities. You can become a member for free - this is a great way to get involved in what's happening in your local park.

Find out more about Alvaston Park Friends and how you can get involved.

How do I get to Alvaston Park?

By foot or by bike

You can get to the park using the river path/cycle route which goes from the city centre, past Pride Park and to Elvaston Country Park. You can also go along the filled in canal to Chellaston, Swarkstone, Melbourne and onto Leicestershire. For more information on cycling, visit the Cycle Derby page.

By car

To access the car park, go down Meadow Lane off the main A6 London Road. The postcode is DE24 8QQ.

By bus

The Alvaston bus from the city centre stops outside the pedestrian entrance to the park.

Useful forms

Contact details

Post address:
Community Leisure
Derby City Council
The Council House
Corporation Street
Phone: 01332 640789
Minicom: 01332 640666
Community Leisure
Derby City Council
The Council House
Corporation Street