Find Outdoor Play Spaces and Parks in Hertfordshire in our comprehensive directory, including their locations, facilities and main attractions for families.
From large outdoor spaces and parkland to waterways, playgrounds, woodland and mazes, there’s lots of wonderful greenspace to discover in Herts.

 

Outdoor Play Spaces and Parks in Hertfordshire

 

Aberford Park
Brook Road, Borehamwood WD6 5HQ
Aberford Park was bought in 1888 for £3,257 and has been developed extensively since. The main feature is the lake system which collects all the surface water from the local area and, together with banks and fountains, provides a home to many varieties of water fowl and wildlife.
020 8207 751

 

Aldenham Country Park
Aldenham Country Parl, Dagger Lane, Elstree, Hertfordshire, WD6 3BA
The Park offers a great value day out for all the family with Winnie the Pooh’s 100 Aker Wood, Pony Zone, Woodland Adventures, Outdoor Play areas, Little Farmers Play Barn and our working interactive Farm and Small Animal Petting Area! Please check this website for details of times, days and availability. Look out for our regular events, crafts and other exciting things to do.
0208 953 9602

 

Amwell Nature Reserve
Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust, Grebe House, St Michael’s Street, St Albans, AL3 4SN
Amwell Nature Reserve is a former gravel pit in the Lee Valley near Ware. It supports internationally important numbers of wintering wildfowl, along with outstanding communities of breeding birds and of dragonflies and damselflies. All nineteen species of dragonfly and damselfly resident in Hertfordshire have been recorded, making this the county’s best site for dragonflies. These include hairy dragonfly, red-eyed damselfly and southern hawker. The dragonfly trail is open from May to September and gives you the chance to view dragonflies close up, hunting over open water.
01727 858901

 

Ashridge Estate
Moneybury Hill, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, HP4 1LX
Ashridge Estate is a 2,000 hectare (5,000 acres) area of the Chiltern Hills with beech and oak woodlands, commons and chalk downlands. The best way to explore the Ashridge Estate is on foot or by bike. Miles of footpaths and bridleways give you plenty of space to explore, and if you drop into the visitor centre we’ll be happy to share our favourite routes with you. Take a look at the great child centred activities we have on offer.
01442 851227

 

Barclay Park
Park View, Hoddesdon EN11 8NH
Come and visit this parkland area with grass, scattered and grouped trees with a stream, a lake with wildfowl, a childrens’ playground, a wild-flower meadow and a native woodland area.
07917 184252

 

Benington Lordship Gardens
Bennington SG2 7BS
Situated just four miles east of Stevenage in the picturesque village of Benington Lordship Gardens spread over seven acres, surrounding a fine Georgian manor house with remains of a Norman Castle and moat. Visitors of all ages will enjoy the peaceful location, a haven for wildlife that offers unspoilt views over the surrounding Hertfordshire countryside.
(08701)261709

 

Broad Colney Lakes
London Colney, Hertfordshire AL2 1DQ
The three lakes at this reserve are quite different from one another: one is fed by the River Colne, one is relatively still and deep and the smallest has partially developed into marshy woodland. A variety of land and water birds can be found here. Great crested grebes can be seen on the lake, along with tufted ducks, whilst in the alder trees flocks of siskins feed, along with mixed flocks of finches and tits. Otters travelling up and down the River Colne pass through the reserve.
01727 858901

 

Broadway Gardens
The Broadway, Letchworth SG6 3NX
The £1.25m project, the Council’s most ambitious in the Garden City for some time, includes a magnificent fountain, a new paved area for public events together with substantial replanting of trees, shrubs and hedges in the Gardens and along Broadway Walk.
01582 637400

 

Broxbourne Woods Sculpture Trail
Pembridge Lane, Brickendon, Hertford, Herts,
An interesting trail through a beautiful woodland with 8 large sculptures to keep children amused on the way round. A leaflet is available to download and print out from the website. This gives a little more information about the sculptures, why they are there and what they represent about life in the woods past and present.
0300 123 4040

 

Cassiobury Park
Cassiobury Park Avenue, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD18 7LG
There is lots to do with children in Cassiobury Park and most of it will cost you absolutely nothing! As well as acres of space for a kick-about or kite-flying there are facilities provided by the local council. Cha Cha Cha Playground is located directly alongside the Cha Cha Cha cafe and arts centre caters for younger children and toddlers upto the age of 6. Paddling Pools Playground (reopening in 2017) is suitable for children up to the age of 14. It contains swings, numerous climbing frames and slides, a granite stone maze, a trampoline and zip wire. Charged activities: bungee trampolines, miniture railway and bouncy castle.
01923 247 868

 

Cedars Park
Theobalds Lane, Cheshunt EN8 8RS
Steeped in history, the park was once the site of Theobalds Palace, a favoured residence of James I. Queen Elizabeth I also visited Theobalds many times during her reign. The park was given to the Borough in 1919 and today offers a scheduled ancient monument, woodland walks, formal gardens, play maze, ponds, pets’ corner, play trail, an arboretum and a conservation area. The park covers over 19 acres and was awarded Green Flag status again in 2015.
01992 785555

 

Cheslyn House and Gardens
Nascot Wood Road, Watford, WD17 4SL
Watford’s well-loved and best kept secret garden is designed to provide colour and interest throughout the year. Within Cheslyn’s 3.5 acres are varied combinations of garden styles, from formal lawns and annual bedding near the House, to more natural beauty of woodland beyond the rock garden.
01923 278 333

 

Clarence Park
Clarence Road, St Albans AL1 4NF
An attractive Victorian park close to the town centre. Home to St Albans City F.C and other clubs.
01727 811084

 

Fairlands Valley Park
Six Hills Way, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG2 0BL
Built in the early 1970’s the Park has over 20 acres of open water across four linked lakes: The Balancing Pond, The Environment Lake, The Millennium Lake, and The Main Lake. The park also has 2 equipped children’s play areas, water play facility, showground, woodland, grassland, section of town-wide horse & pony route, sailing centre and café, orienteering trail and trim track.
01438 353241

 

Forge Museum and Victorian Cottage Garden
High Street, Much Hadham SG10 6BS
Renamed as Much Hadham Forge Museum, it now features a local history gallery displaying collections from both Much and Little Hadham, access to unique Elizabethan wall paintings and galleries devoted to the Blacksmith in mythology, art and literature, the development of the craft and the Page family blacksmiths and beekeepers. There is free access to a regular programme of temporary exhibitions and visitors can enjoy the tranquillity of the cottage garden with teas available from the café.
01279 843301

 

Hatfield Forest
Hatfield Forest Estate Office, Takeley, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts, CM22 6NE
There are ancient trees which are like big living sculptures, peaceful giants worn and fragile from centuries of seasons and use. Some of our extraordinary ancient trees are 1,200 years old! Just imagine what these trees have lived through and the stories they could tell. Whether you want somewhere for the children to let off steam, somewhere you can exercise to keep fit, or somewhere tranquil to walk where you can quietly reflect, you will be sure to find your own special place in Hatfield Forest.
01279 874040

 

Hatfield House and Park
Hatfield Park, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL9 5NQ
Hatfield House is steeped in Elizabethan and Jacobean style, alongside Victorian political history. Enjoy
historical mementos collected over centuries by the Cecil family and discover the story below stairs. Hatfield Park Farm covers around 25 acres on the West side of the House, showing traditional breeds in a natural countryside setting. Enjoy walking amongst the paddocks to see our donkeys, pigs, sheep, cattle and ponies as well as many types of turkey, ducks and geese.  Then take a free tractor ride around the farm or visit Bloody Hollow, the adventure playground.
01707 287010

 

Henry Moore Studios & Gardens
Dane Tree House | Perry Green, Much Hadham, Herts, SG10 6EE
Open Wednesday to Sunday & Bank Holidays – 11am – 5pm
At Henry Moore Studios & Gardens you can explore over 60 acres of grounds, showing the artist’s iconic work against the landscape he created. You can also take a tour of the Moore family’s home and the beautiful gardens created by Irina Moore. Our studios give you the chance to see behind the scenes and appreciate how Moore’s sculptures – large and small – were created. Cafe and gift shop.
01279 843333

 

Greenwood Park
37 Tippendell Lane, Chiswell Green, St Albans AL2 3HW
60 acres of green open space including a large area of woodland, a wildflower meadow, the Parish Council’s flagship play area and outdoor sports facilities.
01727 874867

 

Gadebridge Park
Hemel Hempstead HP1 3AQ
Gadebridge Park is on the northern edges of Hemel Hempstead and is Dacorum’s principal park. The park is divided into two main areas, separated by the Leighton Buzzard Road, with a total area of about 32 hectares. Of this, 20 hectares are to the west of the Leighton Buzzard Road, which includes a listed excavated and re-interred Roman archaeological site, a play area and the Field of Hope daffodil display. This section of the park slopes, with the gradient falling to the Leighton Buzzard Road, which runs along the bottom of the Gade Valley. The area is used for occasional events, such as cross-country competitions and fun runs.
01442 236314

 

Heartwood Forest
Sandridge
At Heartwood Forest near Sandridge, St Albans, we have the exciting opportunity to create an 850 acre wood from open fields in just 12 years. With your help we can transform a site with little value for wildlife, into beautiful broadleaved woodland, a natural resource which can support more species than any other land habitat.

 

Hopleys
High Street, Much Hadham SG10 6BU
Hopleys consists of a Nursery and Gardens. The Nursery and Gardens are closed every year from Christmas Day until the end of February. The gardens consist of 4 acres of sweeping lawns and island beds, with over 4000 varieties of trees, shrubs, perennials and plants.
01279 842509

 

Howard Park and Gardens
Norton Way South, Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire, SG6 1NY
Howard Park and Gardens is a vital green space in the heart of the town surrounded by mature trees and with formal gardens around the bowls area.Facilities include a play area, refreshment kiosk, paddling pool, large green space for picnics and games, disabled access and toilets. Close to Letchworth Railway Station and 10 minute walk from town centre with a bus stop nearby.
01462 474000

 

King George Recreation Ground
King George Avenue, Bushey WD23 4NT
King George Recreation Ground is the main park in Bushey. It has received a Green Flag Award, recognising park excellence, every year since 1999.
020 82077519

 

Knebworth House Gardens and Park
Knebworth House, Knebworth, Hertfordshire, SG1 2AX
Knebworth House is famous worldwide for its rock concerts and as the home of Victorian novelist Edward Bulwer Lytton. During the visitor season, Knebworth Park offers a great day out for all the family, with fun activities for children and lots to do for all ages, including Adventure Playground, Dinosaur Trail with 72 dinosaurs to find, a walk through history in Knebworth House and Gardens and special events throughout the summer.
01438 812661

 

Nickey Line for Family Walks and Cycles
Harpenden, Redbourn and Hemel Hempstead,
You can have a great time walking and cycling along the Nickey Line! Approximately 7 miles long, the Nickey Line footpath and cycle way in Hertfordshire is a former railway line (the Harpenden to Hemel Hempstead Railway). You can find plenty of wildlife all year round – see the website for suggested walks and cycle routes. The line also still has areas of open grassland which are home to a wealth of flowering plant species. The woody and grassy wildlife habitats along the line are home to a diverse range of animals from butterflies to birds and grasshoppers to shrews and foxes.
01582 622771

 

Norton Common
Letchworth SG6 4UF
A beautiful Common and park, perfect for walks and picnics. Within easy walking distance of the town centre and railway station, Norton Common offers 63 acres of unspoilt grass and woodland, tennis courts, bowling green and outdoor pool.
01462 47425

 

Rickmansworth Aquadrome Nature Reserve
Frogmoor Lane, Off Harefield Road, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, WD3 1NB
The Aquadrome covers 41 hectares and is home to two lakes and a wide variety of facilities from wooded walks, lakes, play areas, outdoor gym, a cafe, dog-free picnic area, and green open spaces. The Rickmansworth Festival takes place on the third weekend of May every year at the Aquadrome LNR.
01923 776611

 

River Lee Country Park
Mill Lane, Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, EN10 6QT
River Lee Country Park stretches between Waltham Abbey in Essex and Broxbourne in Hertfordshire this 1,000 acre park has a huge variety of activities to enjoy! Perfect for kids and families to couples, walkers, cyclists and wildlife watchers. Free activities include natural play area, dog agility, and disc golf.
03000 030 610

 

Rye Meads Nature Reserve
Rye Road, Stanstead Abbotts, Herts, SG12 8JS
Enjoy a walk round this amazing reserve and see some fantastic wildlife! Its a great day out for families, you can borrow Explorer Backpacks or “bird bingo” sheets to give children hours of fun exploring and learning about birds, minibeasts, wildlife and the environment. Rye Meads is a favourite with walkers, birdwatchers and photographers too.
01992 708383

 

Stanborough Park
Stanborough Road, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, AL8 6DF
Enjoy a visit to Stanborough Park, a beautiful countryside park, with 2 lakes covering an area of 126 acres, on the outskirts of Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire. Awarded the prestigious Green Flag Award for the past 8 years. Home of Stanborough Activity Centre, on the South Lake you can experience Sailing, Kayaking, Canoeing and Stand Up Paddleboarding in one of our many activity sessions. Opening times April – September Monday – Sunday
01707 276276

 

Tewinbury Nature Reserve
Between Welwyn Garden City and Hertford, along the driveway to Tewin Bury Farm Hotel, Hertford AL6 0JB
A diverse reserve nestling in the Mimram Valley, where a fantastic two storey hide gives great views of the wildlife in clear, chalk stream waters.
01727 858901

 

Verulamium Park
Between Bluehouse Hill and Holywell Hill, St Albans, Herts, AL1 2DL
Verulamium Park is set in 100 acres of beautiful parkland close to the city centre and is a popular attraction throughout the year with wide range of facilities. The Park is named after the Roman City of Verulamium on which it stands. The City walls and outline of the London Gate can still be seen. Verulamium Museum displays hundreds of remarkable objects that have been excavated from the ground. Facilities include: Basketball/Netball Court, Crazy Golf, Ornamental Lakes, Children’s Play Area, Playing Pitches and Splash Park.
01727 819366