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The gardens are laid out as informal park land, and are based around two beautiful ornamental lakes fed by the River Dour. Swans roam the banks of the lakes and seem unbothered by visitors. A play area for children is available and the lower lake is used for model boating. There is also a dedicated BBQ area near the Arkham Road Car Park. The park is well used throughout the year, and is especially popular in the summer time when the lawns are used for picnics. Years ago, before the Abbey was built, there was a rather impressive stately home on this site. Sadly, today only the billiard room in the west wing remains standing, and it is now used as a café facility for visitors to the park. Energetic visitors will enjoy a ramble around the steep woodlands and rough ground on the far side of the park. Dogs can be unleashed in the woods but must remain on a lead near the lakes.
Easy access information
This park and open space has at least one accessible route but otherwise is considered to be less suitable for visitors with pushchairs and/or wheelchairs.