We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: Hanley Park Cleveland Road | Off College Road, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 4DX, England
Phone Number:
+44 1782 234234
Website
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description:

Hanley Park and the adjacent Cauldon Grounds are open to the public 24...

Hanley Park and the adjacent Cauldon Grounds are open to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The park is staffed most days from morning until late afternoon, and we welcomed around 922,000 visitors during 2014.

Cauldon Grounds first opened in 1894, and were followed by the larger Hanley Park in 1897. Both were designed by the up-and-coming landscape architect Thomas Mawson, helping to cement his international reputation. Hanley Park's listed status has recently been upgraded to II* in recognition of its importance.

The two parks continue to be the focus of many exciting developments. The park has now been awarded £4.5m funding for a once-in-a-lifetime restoration project. The most visible work is set to take place from spring 2016. This is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund through their Parks for People Programme, and there are plenty of opportunities to get involved.

Things to see and do in the park

- Art features, including 'Love Ties' sculpture by Emily Campbell

- Grade II* listed historic landscape, including bandstand, terrace garden, pavilion, lake, Doulton fountain (in Cauldon Grounds) and views across the park towards Stoke Minster.

- Crown green bowling green

- Fishing (the park is classed as 'community water,' and all are welcome to fish responsibly with a valid Environment Agency rod licence

- Three exciting play areas: toddler, sensory, and adventure (including aerial slide)

- Picnic area

- Free-of-charge sports zone including: all-weather floodlit sports court, cricket wicket and nets, tennis courts, basketball hoops and a multi-use sports court.

- Toilets (open during staffed hours).

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 59 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 13
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Ok

Seams an ok park but not as good as it use be years ago even tho they have been doing it up just not looking as good no more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 October 2016
A TripAdvisor Member
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

59 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
Showing 57: English reviews
A TripAdvisor Member
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Seams an ok park but not as good as it use be years ago even tho they have been doing it up just not looking as good no more

Helpful?
Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Level Contributor
208 reviews
107 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

I used to live very near here when I was a student, we recently visited for the first time in years and I'm afraid it has gone downhill. There was a lot of drunks arguing at 10am, the buildings near the canal seem to be falling apart, a couple of new playgrounds have been built for children but otherwise the... More 

Helpful?
Thank Glenn W
Level Contributor
32 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

Big park, lots of space. Kids play area, bowling green, tennis courts, lake. Bit run down but can see improvements being made. Sometimes festival/carnival on.

Helpful?
1 Thank alliew90
Jerusalem, Israel
Level Contributor
105 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

We went to watch Stoke City play, but wanted to catch something out of Stoke so the short walk from the train station to the park was just what we were looking for. We liked the versatility of the place and the chance to chat with locals - a good memory!

Helpful?
Thank yarrz
Level Contributor
7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

The layout of the park and the multitude of different areas is wonderful and especially suited to families. There is renovation work currently under way which is a moot point in my review. My main issues with the park on my last visit were; the sheer amount of litter everywhere, including in the lake which as a result smelled foul.... More 

Helpful?
Thank Peter H
Leeds, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
61 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016

I remember coming here as a child, when it was a beautifully laid out park and gardens, and always looked immaculate. The basic structure is still there, and it's still a nice place to stroll, but local government funding cuts have inevitably hit places like this and it's a shadow of its former self. It's a shame.

Helpful?
Thank Jbl R
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
148 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016 via mobile

Came on a Saturday morning to join in the Parkrun. Haven't been to the park in a really long time. Great route planned out, really nice, well kept park. Hope to be back on a regular basis to do more runs.

Helpful?
1 Thank Ann C
New Delhi, India
Level Contributor
36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2016

This is one of my favorite parks in Midlands. Very well connected with lot of space for picnic, play grounds, tennis courts, cricket nets, well maintained lake, fishing, feeding ducks or a gentle walk by the canal. For my 5 years of stay in Stoke, I have been regular to this park. In summers they host great festivals and carnivals.... More 

Helpful?
Thank Nitin S
United Kingdom
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2016

A lovely little park 10 minutes walk from the North Stafford Hotel and train station. Beautiful gardens and lake - really nice tranquil place to relax in.

Helpful?
Thank sashster26499
Hanley_Park, Front Office Manager at Hanley Park, responded to this review

Many thanks for taking the time to write such a kind review Sashster26499 - we're glad you enjoyed the park. As you are aware, the park has been awarded £4.5m funding by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund for a comprehensive restoration project starting this year. Please keep visiting through 2016/7 and you'll begin to see lots of... More 

Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
64 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2016

I often walk the two dogs around the huge lake and find the park very well kept and it will be lovely in the summer as plenty of picnic space! Hanley park used to be so popular when i was young that going there was a day out with boating and bands playing, a lovely tearoom and always packed full... More 

Helpful?
Thank 123janey10
Hanley_Park, Front Office Manager at Hanley Park, responded to this review

Many thanks for taking the time to write such a kind review 123janey10 - we're glad you enjoyed the park. As you are perhaps aware, the park has been awarded £4.5m funding by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund for a comprehensive restoration project starting this year. Please keep visiting through 2016/7 and you'll begin to see lots... More 

Travellers who viewed Hanley Park also viewed

Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
 
Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
 

Been to Hanley Park? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Hanley Park staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?