Hall Leys Park, Matlock

This superb District Council park in the heart of Matlock celebrated its centenary year in 2011. In 2022 Hall Leys Park gained its 15th consecutive Green Flag award from the Keep Britain Tidy Group, making it officially one of the best parks in the whole of the UK. 

green flag awardAn updated children's play area is just one of many attractions in the Hall Leys, which was further enhanced in 2011 by a brand new toilet block and, in 2012, by new accessible play equipment suitable for disabled youngsters and their friends and family. In July 2017 a new multi-use games area (MUGA) was added in the same part of the park as the tennis courts and skateboard park.

With well-surfaced paths, plenty of benches, good lighting and clear open spaces, the park is a regular venue for major events, competitions and festivals. There's also a popular café with indoor and outdoor seating.

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  • cafe
  • bowling green
  • children's boating lake
  • children's interactive wet play area - open April to October 
  • miniature railway
  • outdoor market (Wednesdays)
  • skateboard park
  • tennis courts
* Some of the above facilities are not available during the winter months


Opening Times

Month Day Time
Jan - Dec Mon - Sun 24hrs

(* Opening times are for the park only. Not all facilities may be available during your visit.)

Location of the park

Sunken Gardens at Park HeadTheir are numerous entrances to the park from Causeway Lane (A615) and opposite the roundabout on the Snitterton Road (A6) interchange with Causeway Lane (A615). There is a convenient entrance to the park via a bridge across the River Derwent from Olde Derwent Avenue.


  • The Haw Lees (as the area was then called) was originally two fields on the east bank of the River Derwent lying between Matlock Bridge and Matlock Green through which ran a long established footpath linking the two settlements.
  • This strip of land was acquired by Matlock Urban District Council from Henry Knowles in 1898 and the 'Broadwalk' was formed along the route of this riverside footpath.
  • In 1908 the remainder of the two fields, (one of which was still in use as Matlock's football pitch) was purchased from Mr Perry of Manchester for £3,750. Local architect John Nuttall provided a design for the park, and Hall Leys Park was officially opened on 23 June 1911 to celebrate the Coronation of King George V.
  • Derbyshire Dales District Council's Hall Leys Park in Matlock is officially one of the best UK parks. The Matlock park was again recognised as one of the country's best green spaces this year with an 11th consecutive Green Flag Award in July 2018.
  • Green Flag Awards recognise and reward the best parks in the country and Hall Leys Park stood out after impressing the judges with its excellent use of green space, well-maintained facilities and high standard of safety and security.

Visiting Matlock? 

Hall Leys Park with Riber Castle in the background

Also within Derbyshire Dales District Council's control are major parks at  Ashbourne Recreation Ground and Bakewell Recreation Ground. Each caters for a range of sporting and recreational activities, as well as providing formal children's play areas, with splash pads.

In addition to the many recreational open spaces, the District Council also manages the picturesque grounds at High Tor above Matlock Dale and Derwent Gardens and Lovers' Walks at Matlock Bath.  In Bakewell is Bakewell Swimming Pool and Bath Gardens.  Bakewell also boasts one of the largest farmers' markets in the whole of the UK, generally taking place on the last Saturday of the month at the District Council's Agricultural Business Centre.

The beautiful Matlock town centre Hall Leys Park