Manor Park Country Park

Managed by:

Kent Country Parks

Address:

St Leonard's Street
West Malling
Kent
ME19 6PE

Telephone: 03000 41 47 47

Map

Parking and public transport

Pay and display, Monday - Friday £1.50. Weekends and bank holidays £2.00.

Free parking for season ticket holders.

Blue Badge holders may apply for concessionary parking by calling 03000 41 72 72.


Public transport:

Yes, visit Traveline

Opening times:

9am to dusk or 9pm (whichever is earlier). Closed Christmas day.

Park summary

Through careful management, nature has reclaimed a good part of these former manor house grounds, which have a variety of habitats and facilities to enjoy.

  • Park facilities

    Visitor centre:
    No
    Dogs allowed:
    Yes
    Viewpoints:
    Yes
    Refreshments:
    Yes
    Dog waste bins:
    Yes
    Toilets:
    Yes
    Kindling or log shop:
    No
  • Park accessibility

    Disabled parking:
    Yes
    Wheelchair access:
    Yes
    Disabled toilet:
    Yes
    Rest point:
    Yes
    Radar NKS Key required:
    No
    Electric scooter hire:
    No
  • Park activities

    BBQ:
    No
    Geocaching:
    No
    Sports facilities:
    No
    Camping:
    No
    Horse riding:
    No
    Toll rides:
    No
    Children's farm:
    No
    Orienteering:
    No
    Trim trail:
    No
    Cycling:
    No
    Picnic area:
    Yes
    Waymarked trails:
    No
    Fishing:
    No
    Play area:
    Yes

About the park

Once part of the 18th century estate created by Thomas Douce, Manor Park is now an attractive location with an impressive variety of habitats and landscapes to explore.  Together with the facilities and playarea, this makes the park a good destination for a family day out.

Manor Park's 52 acres are divided into four distinct sections – the lake is a haven for wildlife such as swans, moorhens and dabchicks, while the Abbey Field and Chestnut Paddocks are grazed fields with plenty of wildflowers in summer. The Ice House field, on the far side of the lake, takes its name from the structure used to store ice taken from the lake over winter for use in the manor house's kitchen.

Douce's Meadow is an area of open grassland where the excellent adventure playground is situated, along with picnic tables and plenty of space for ball games.

There's some history to be discovered here too. Across the road from the park, the 18th Century Grade II listed Manor House was used to accommodate airmen flying from nearby RAF West Malling, while the Ice House field within the park itself was used as a prison camp for interned Germans.

The eco-friendly Green Café is now open under new management. It offers a range of light meals, snacks and drinks, and a relaxed setting to take it easy after an enjoyable stroll through the park grounds.

Map of Manor Park Country Park (PDF, 1.1 MB).

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