The park was originally part of Northdown House, a Georgian house that still stands at the edge of the park and was home to the Friends family, who were local land owners for over 500 years. The park has formal walled gardens nearer the house, and open spaces with more natural woodland and a children’s play area to the northern end of the park. The park also has two areas where public access is restricted. In the south eastern corner is an old nursery area that is now home to The Garden Gate Project run by Thanet Mind. This area has a series of both vegetable and ornamental planting beds. However, it is only occasionally open to the public. Also in the grounds is the Secret Jungle play garden. This space is provided for the use of disabled children and their families in the local community, and it is not usually accessible to the general public. The House is now hired out as a venue and is managed by Thanet Leisure Force http://leisureforce.co.uk
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.