Park:Thornes Park

Park, free entry

Formal Flower Gardens

Formal Flower Gardens

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Wakefield Council


Denby Dale Road,

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See the flower garden burst into colour in spring, take a ride on the miniature railway in summer, stroll amongst age-old Horse Chestnut trees in autumn and sledge down Cannonball Hill in winter. There really is something to do whatever the weather at Thornes Park.

The park is located only a 15 minute walk (or 5 minute drive) from the heart of Wakefield city centre. Take a walk through the formal flower and rose gardens, discover unusual plant species in the climate controlled conservatory, say hello to the friendly birds in the aviary and feed the mallards and moorhens by the lake. Younger visitors can jump, slide and swing in the play area or improve their skate boarding tricks in the nearby skate park.

Take the whole family on an adventure around the park and see if you can find the entrance to the secret garden. This small garden includes stonework dating back to 1866 along with beautiful flowers and pathways. Will you be one of the few to find the secret garden?

Looking for a little more action? Improve your backhand at the tennis courts (racket hire available), practice your swing at the pitch and putt, play bowls on one of two crown greens or join in fitness activities at the Athletics Stadium. There’s plenty of green open space for you to bring your own ball games, make a day of it and bring a picnic!

Thornes Park is part of Wakefield Park, consisting of two other parks – Clarence Park and Holmfield Park. Clarence Park is home to the historic Bandstand that plays host to music events throughout the year and Holmfield Park includes The Holmfield Eating Inn.

The park is looked after by Wakefield Council and The Friends of CHAT Parks. For more information about The Friends of CHAT Parks please use this link:

Coach parties acceptedDisabled toiletsOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsAccepts groups

Children welcomeMobility Accessibility Facilities

Opening Details

Open all the time

Activities have seasonal opening times. Please check this website link for further information


Free entry

Entry to the park is free. Additional charges apply for activities.


See location of Thornes Park on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SE 320195  Lat: 53.67099 Long: -1.51710

By Road:
From Wakefield City Centre:
Follow the A642 (Westgate) towards Horbury
Main entrance located off Horbury Road.
Side entrances located off Thornes Road and Denby Dale Road.

By Public Transport:
Nearest train station: Wakefield Westgate Railway Station
Nearest bus station: Wakefield Bus Station


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Mobility Accessibility FacilitiesMobility Accessibility Facilities