There is nothing we love more at T.M.Lewin HQ than grabbing lunch and heading to the nearby park for some much needed R&R. With that in mind, we’ve compiled this handy list of the best city parks nationwide for fellow al fresco diners – as voted for by our Social Media Followers.
Hampstead Heath, London
Arguably the trendiest of all city parks, drawing in the arty crowd from nearby Camden Town. Don’t be surprised to see a few famous faces too. Hampstead Heath has been the scene of many a paparazzi snapshot. Whether you’re there for an afternoon picnic, a stroll with the dog or a cooling summer dip in one of the swimming ponds, the Heath is the perfect choice for a sunny day.
Bute Park, Cardiff
A peaceful retreat right in the heart of Cardiff’s central business district, Bute Park is the right kind of place, whether it’s for a quick 30-minute lunch break or a whole day. The scenic little trails that wind there way around are challenging enough to give accomplished hikers, runners and cyclists a pretty decent work out too.
Victoria Park, East London
Victoria Park is still an oasis of fresh air amidst the hustle, bustle and traffic of Hackney and Bethnal Green. It plays host to a wide range of great festivals and events throughout the summer too, including Lovebox and The Field Day.
Holyrood Park, Edinburgh
A slice of Scottish countryside encircled by the city of Edinburgh, Holyrood Park is located just a stone’s throw away from the old city centre. Lined with rock formations the trails you can wander along make you feel as if you’ve stepped straight out of the city into the wilderness.
Richmond Park, London
The undulating hills and plains of Richmond Park are shared harmoniously by families, dogs and more than 650 local deer. The on and off-road park trails are always lined with cyclists, walkers and people en route to their favourite shady spot below the trees or beside the ponds.
Queens Square, Bristol
Although this picturesque square is sits in the busiest part of Bristol – just along from the harbour – it has a uniquely peaceful charm about it. On the grass surrounding a statue of King William the 3rd, people from surrounding office blocks and nearby houses gather to enjoy some summer sunshine or take time out to read beneath the trees.
Abington Park, Northampton
Abington Park is Northampton’s favourite public space for families and dog walkers. Special features include a fantastic museum, lake, an aviary, playground facilities, and sports fields. In summer time, the bandstand area comes alive to the sound of Folk Music, with a packed schedule of concerts.
Coed Y Brenin, Snowdonia National Park
Coed Y Brenin is the Rolls Royce of city parks. Walking, hiking and biking trails dissect an area of 1,600 acres, which hosts a number of impressive waterfalls, a volcano trail and view points over breathtakingly beautiful Welsh forestland.
Platt Fields, Manchester
The main attraction at Platt Fields is the lake – a place to water ski, fish and laze. Visitors can also take a stroll along the trails and surrounding gardens. During summer, there are also numerous festivals, concerts and events.
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