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.
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.
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:
For more information, visit www.alvastonparkfriends.org.uk
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.
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.
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.
To access the car park, go down Meadow Lane off the main A6 London Road. The postcode is DE24 8QQ.
The Alvaston bus from the city centre stops outside the pedestrian entrance to the park.