Hylands Park has over 574 acres of parkland, including an ancient woodland, grassland, ponds, lakes and formal gardens.
You can check the Park opening times before you visit.
Mauro's Castle Kiosk
Mauro's Castle Kiosk is an outdoor café in Hylands Park.
Adventure Castle Play Area
The Adventure Castle Play Area is located near to the Park entrance car park, on the Writtle Bypass.
The Adventure Castle Play area has:
- a castle hamlet with look-out tower suitable for children aged six years and under
a main castle suitable for children aged six years and above
a large section of the castle wall suitable for wheelchair users
sensory games, a musical wall, swing cradle, and spinning disc
a large picnic area with link to Mauro's Castle Kiosk
a dog free area
Walks around Hylands Park
There are five mapped walks around Hylands Park, ranging from a 30 minute stroll to a four mile walk.
There are way-markers in the Park showing the route for each of the walks.
You can download our Walks Leaflet, which includes directions for each walk and a marked map showing the routes. You can also pick up one of these leaflets in the Gift Shop at The Stables.
The Pleasure Gardens
Dating back to early 1900s, the Pleasure Gardens feature several period garden styles, with a range of landscaping and plants.
Located near the House, the Pleasure Gardens have extensive views over the parkland and Serpentine Lake, as well as impressive displays.
You must keep your dog on a lead in the Pleasure Gardens.
One World Garden
The One World Garden is within the walks of the Pleasure Gardens. Prince William and the Duke of York opened the garden in 2007, as part of the 21st World Scout Jamboree.
The One World Garden is based on the principles of the Scouting movement, and is designed as a children's garden.
You can't take your dog into the One World Garden.
Horses at Hylands
We have three rare breed horses who work the land at Hylands Park. Hawthorn Heavy Horses own and care for Joe, a shire horse, and Roy and Falcon, who are Suffolk punches.
The horses help us to manage the park in an environmentally sensitive way, specialising in woodland management and timber extraction. You can buy the firewood the horses collect as part of their work at The Stables gift shop.
There are plenty of ways you can interact with the horses. You can:
- go on a traditional horse and carriage ride at certain times of the year
- book on an Experience Day to get more hands-on with the horses
- hire the horses for weddings or parties
You can look at Hawthorn Heavy Horses to find out more.