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Beautiful play park situated on a hill towards the west of the city centre, with view of the Cathedral. This council owned park has an outdoor adult work out area, parking is pay and display and wheelchair accessible parking is available. Because of its location, the park is quite steep in places, the walkways are concrete and easily negotiated for pushchairs (if you fancy a workout back up the hill!) If you use a wheelchair, then mobilising in a self propelling wheelchair is going to be hard, and bicep burning. If you use a powered wheelchair or scooter then great. If someone is pushing you in a wheelchair, then have a chat and weigh up whether you want to go down the hill before preparing to come back up it. 

There are lots of creative workshops run during the holiday seasons.  Several kids’ play areas, including toddler play areas. There are also seasonal events, local projects, a miniature-car track, a cafe & views over Durham located in a picturesque hilly park. Check out the website and the face book pages for information on creative and adventurous events! Offering courses and activity days for children in the half term, summer holidays. There is more than meets the eye with this park, great to check out when you need ideas for school holidays!

William Lloyd Wharton worked to transform the land behind the railway into a park to be used by the public. The castle was built to overlook the city (prime spot due to the views!) and the railway, in 1957 both the railway station and park opened. The park used to be used for sporting events. 

Check out the website on https://www.durham.gov.uk/whartonpark for more information on a missing statue mystery that no-one has solved! 

Q Is there parking?

There is a very small car park in the grounds of the park. There is a charge of 50p per half hour, with a maximum stay of 3 hours permitted, and you will need the correct change.

Q Is the car park available 24hrs?

The car park is only available between 9-4.30pm with gates being closed promptly at 4.30pm.

Q Is the park wheelchair accessible?

The paths are smooth and easily negotiated with wheels, however the whole park is located on a steep hill, so for this reason, many wheelchair users may find this difficult to mobilise through.

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