Manor Park Country 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.
Address: St Leonard's Street, West Malling,
Telephone: 0300 333 6488
Park opening times: 9am to dusk or 9pm
(whichever is earlier)
Closed Christmas day.
Green Café opening times
The cafe is currently closed for
the winter. We are in the process of retendering for the lease on
the cafe and are looking to reopen under new management in Spring
2014. Any enquiries regarding the closure or the process for
tendering for the new lease please contact Helen Page at email@example.com
Further updates will be posted here when necessary and we
apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Pay and display, Monday - Friday £1.50
Weekends and bank holidays £2.00
For £40 you can enjoy unlimited parking all year with our
Kent Country Parks season
Directions and public transport:
Signposted from Kings Hill and West Malling town centre, the
park is situated just off St. Leonard's Street.
The nearest train station is West Malling (0.5 miles).
View park on the Explore Kent interactive map
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for visitors with pushchairs and/or wheelchairs, and has
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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 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.
Manor Park Country Park leaflet (PDF, 1.3Mb)