As we are all getting used to the new normal and being able to go out and about after lockdown, outdoor spaces are even more valuable to us now. There are so many green spaces, local and further afar, to choose from which allows us to escape the city and have peace of mind, whilst social distancing of course.

Here’s a few outdoor parks and spaces that you'll find on the Hull Trains route. Don’t miss our brand-new Duo and Family ticket web only offers, save 33% on your rail travel when you book direct with Hull Trains!

Hull

1. East Park | Holderness Road, Hull HU8 8JU 
East Park is Grade II listed and Hull’s largest outdoor park. It originally opened in 1887 in celebration of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee and has since been transformed into a vibrant and modern space for the whole family to enjoy. East Park is also home to the Animal Education Centre where you can find a range of domestic, farm and exotic animals. This is free to visit but a timeslot must be booked beforehand.

2. Hull Marina | Hull Marina, Hull HU1 1TB 
Why not take a stroll around Hull Marina? A picturesque spot on a sunny day, Hull Marina is situated in the middle of Hull’s city centre and is conveniently located near to shops, restaurants and bars so you can make a day of it. Walk by the many fishing and leisure boats and into Hull’s Old Town for a fantastic day out.
 
3. Queen’s Gardens | Hull HU1 2AG 
Located in the centre of Hull, Queen’s Gardens is a great place to stop and relax. Surrounded by brilliant flowerbeds, water fountains and ponds, it is a peaceful space to escape the hustle and bustle of the city centre. 
Hull Queens Gardens
4. Pearson Park | Beverley Road, Hull HU5 2TQ 
Another fantastic outdoor space, Pearson Park was Hull’s first public park and it still displays Victorian features around the park. In 2017, the Pearson Park Trust secured a £3 million grant which supports the park’s heritage and its involvement of local communities in park activities. Pearson Park also adjoins onto Princes Avenue which is a great location for restaurants and bars. 


London

1. Primrose Hill | Primrose Hill Road, London NW3 3NA 
Showcasing fantastic, clear views of London’s skyline, Primrose Hill is a popular green destination and a Grade II listed park. It’s the perfect spot for a picnic whilst admiring the panoramic views of the city below, with the summit at 64 meters high. It is located just north of Regent's Park. 
 
2. Regent's Park | North West London NW1 
Regent's Park is one of London’s Royal Parks which is also home to ZSL London Zoo. The park is Grade I listed and offers tree-lined pathways, a boating lake and children's play areas amongst its 395 acres of land. Regent's Park has a large wetland area which attracts plenty of wildlife including around 100 species of wild bird and hedgehogs. 
Meerkat at zoo
3. St James’s Park | South West London SW1 
St James’s Park is in the borough of Westminster in Central London. Landmarks surround St James’s Park with Buckingham Palace to the west, the Mall to the north, Horse Guards Parade to the east and Birdcage Walk to the south. The park is also home to the resident pelicans, which have been a famous feature since a Russian ambassador presented them to Charles II as a gift in 1664.  

4. Hyde Park | Central London W2 
Another Grade I listed London park, Hyde Park is famous for its large lakes, the Serpentine and the Long Water. The park merges with Kensington Gardens, with the two parks being divided by the lakes. From the Diana Memorial Fountain and Speakers’ Corner to boating on the lakes, there is plenty to see and do at Hyde Park. 
 
5. Greenwich Park | South East London SE10 
Greenwich Park, located outside of London’s city centre, offers something for everyone. London’s only planetarium, The Royal Observatory, can be found in this park which also offers brilliant views of the Thames and London’s skyline including Canary Wharf. The park was also once home to an oak tree, Queen Elizabeth’s Oak, dating back to the 12th Century and Henry VIII is said to have danced around this tree with Anne Boleyn. 
 
6. Holland Park & Kyoto Garden | Kensington W8 6LU
Kyoto Garden, a beautiful Japanese landscape, can be found right in the middle of Holland Park in West London. The park also offers various gardens, an open-air theatre and a café and restaurant. The Kyoto Garden was opened in 1991 and was a gift from the city of Kyoto. It’s picturesque surroundings are not to be missed and is very popular! 
 
7. Hampstead Pergola | Hampstead Heath NW3 7EX
Possibly a lesser known and hidden treasure, the Hampstead Pergola in Hampstead Heath was a private garden of a now demolished manor house. Entry is free like many outdoor spaces in London and offers a beautiful walkway through the gardens. It’s a great alternative to the busier and more well-known green spaces in London. 

children walking in woodland

Don't forget to book your Summer travel on the Hull Trains website for the best fares. Don’t miss our brand-new Duo and Family ticket web only offers, save 33% on your rail travel when you book direct with Hull Trains! 
 
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