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Hylands Park

Hylands Park

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 Visitor Centre.


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

Roy, Fergie and Joe are Suffolk Punch horses that work on the land in Hylands Park.

These horses provide environmentally sensitive land management, through grass cutting, harrowing and timber extraction.

They also provide traditional horse and carriage rides, between April and December each year.

The rides are available daily from 11:30am to 1pm, and from 1:30pm to 3:30pm.

Rides cost £2 per person, and you don't need to book. The carriage leaves from the Castle Adventure Play Area, and the ride lasts around ten minutes.

Hawthorn Heavy Horses own Roy, Fergie and Joe, and you can check when the horse and carriages rides are taking place.

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