Queen's Park (Green Flag Award), Heywood

Park name
Queen's Park
158 Queen's Park Road, Heywood OL10 4UY

Tranquil gardens and a picturesque lake for visitors to enjoy – Queen's Park isn't only a Green Flag Park, it's also a great day out for all the family.

Friends of Queen's Park is a community group set up to aid the preservation of Queen's Park.

Opening times

Open every day


There is free onsite parking at Queen's Park.


There's a range of facilities at Queen's Park, including:

  • Activity centre, including BMX track
  • Bandstand
  • Queen's Park Cafe
  • 2 playgrounds, including a toddlers' play area
  • Tennis court
  • Free car park and toilets
  • Crown green bowling green and pavilion 
  • Lake
  • Outdoor gym equipment
  • Grassland, wetland and wildlife areas
  • Site-based maintenance staff and secure fully fenced site
  • Guide dogs allowed

Council-run bowling greens close each year from 30 September until 1 April while we complete winter maintenance work.

  • Accessible parking: the large car park opposite, on Queen's Park Road, has 6 accessible parking bays.
  • Toilets:
    • There's an accessible toilet to the side of Lodge House by the main entry gate.
    • There's also an accessible toilet at the cafe. You can access this from inside the cafe or at the rear of the building.
  • Paths:
    • There are flat tarmac paths to the cafe (with access using a ramp), play area and kick pitch around the top part of the park.
    • Very steep tarmac paths lead down to the countryside and lake part of the park.
  • Seating: there are several benches and picnic tables throughout the park for visitors with limited mobility.
  • Play equipment:
    • The junior and adventure play areas are mostly wheelchair accessible, except for one play unit that has sand safety surfacing around it.
    • Swings have a disability access seat. There's a double-width seesaw available where parents can sit side-by-side with their child. There's also a wheelchair accessible roundabout.
    • The toddlers' play area has sand safety surfacing around it, limiting access to the equipment.

Queen's Park opened in 1879 with money given to the town by Queen Victoria. The land was bought from the estate of Charles Martin Newhouse, a local cotton manufacturer, who died without making a will.

The park was extended in the 1920s to form the boating lake with land gifted from Alderman Davis Healey.

Cafe and flower bed at Queens Park.