Get back to nature
Come and visit Manor Park and explore the impressive variety of habitats and landscapes.

Park summary

Green Flag Award
  • About the park

    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.

    Map of Manor Park (PDF, 1.1 MB)

    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 play area, this makes the park a good destination for a family day out.

    Manor Park's 52 acres are divided into 4 sections:

    • the lake is a haven for wildlife such as swans, moorhens and dabchicks
    • 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 play area is situated, along with picnic tables and plenty of space for ball games.
  • Find us

    St Leonard's Street
    West Malling
    ME19 6PE

    Telephone: 03000 41 47 47

    Email: kentcountryparks@kent.gov.uk

    Plan your journey using public transport on Traveline

  • Parking and season tickets

    Pay and display:

    • Monday to Friday: £1.50
    • Weekends and bank holidays: £2.00

    Free parking for season ticket holders.

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

  • Park opening hours

    Opens: 9am

    Closes: dusk or 9pm (whichever is earlier)

    Closed on Christmas Day.

  • History

    The land that now forms the park once belonged to the 18th Century Douce's Manor (formerly St Leonard's), which still overlooks the park from St Leonard's Street.

    The lake

    The lake is thought to have been made in the early to mid-1800s by damming the Ewell stream. It may have been stocked as a fishing lake for the manor or nearby abbey.

    The ice house

    You'll find the remains of an ice house (listed Grade II by English Heritage) near the water in Ice House Field, next to St Leonard's Street.

    The ice house chamber is believed to have been built between 1776 and 1789 for keeping ice from the lake for use in the manor kitchens.

    During World War Two the field where the ice house is was used as a prison camp for interned Germans.

    Creating the park

    Kent County Council bought the 52 acres that now form Manor Park Country Park in 1973 and opened it to the public in 1976.

  • Park management

    This park is managed by the Kent County Council Kent Country Parks team. Contact the Kent Country Parks team.

What's on

  • 12 Dec
    More dates...

    Santa's Grotto

    Shorne Woods Country Park

    Follow our trail around the woods and solve the clues to find Santa. Then meet our traditional santa in his woodland grotto. All children will receive a present from Santa.

  • 19 Dec
    More dates...

    Winter Activity Trail

    Lullingstone Country Park

    Follow the clues, answer the questions and complete the trail to receive a prize. Trail sheets avaliable from the Visitor Centre between 10am and 3pm.

  • 21 Dec
    More dates...

    Winter Activity Trail

    Shorne Woods Country Park

    Explore the woods following our self-led activity trail and see what you can discover about the park. All completed trails will receive a small prize.

All events at our parks


  • Eat and drink

    Café opening hours

    The Green Café is now reopen under new management on Friday and Saturday 11am - 3pm and Sunday 9am - 3pm.


    The Green Café offers light meals and snacks.

    There is also a picnic area available.

  • Walk


    A variety of walks of different lengths can be enjoyed. You can wander along the lake and back via Douce's Meadow, Abbey Field or Chestnut Paddock, or take a short stroll through the park to West Malling town centre, where there is a variety of shops and historic buildings.

    You can also use the park as a base to explore the wider area. Two public rights of way run through the site, and this path network can be used to create your own circular walks outside the park. Ordnance Survey Explorer Map 148 will help with your route planning

    Map of Manor Park (PDF, 1.1 MB)

    Dog walking

    Dogs are free to roam at Manor Park but must be under close control at all times. 

    They are not allowed in the play area and must be on leads around the car park, play area and café. 

    Dogs are not allowed to swim in the lake. 

    At certain times of the year, Chestnut Paddock and Abbey Field are grazed by cattle. Signs will be put on gates to forewarn you to put dogs on leads at these times.

    Dog bins can be found alongside all surfaced paths on the site.

    Easy access paths

    There are 284 metres of surfaced path that form a circular route between the café, play area and lake, these have a loose stone fill surface but do involve some steep gradients.

    There are also 2 public footpaths that cross the park as well as unsurfaced routes throughout the park which have gates to access the different areas.

  • Play

    Our play area is in Douce's Meadow, a short stroll from the café and toilets, and adjacent to a number of picnic tables. It provides a good range of equipment, most suited to younger children.

Kent Country Parks - Twitter profile picture

Follow Country Parks @Kent_cc

30 Nov

Get in the festive mood with our Santa's Grotto and winter activity trails #parks https://t.co/TedgZnIafW