Parks

Welcome to Bradford District’s parks and public green space – they are open and free.  We are blessed to have the lot, from formal Victorian parks to wild moorlands.  We have 44 Parks including St Ives Country Park, covering an area of 615ha. Six of our parks have Green Flag Awards and ten are on the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England. 

Bradford public parks and green spaces are now looked after by a range of people working together including Friends and civil parishes (see individual parks). There are a few rules but the key thing is to smile, say hello and share with care.

Parks

Explore the Districts Green Flag and other parks.

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  • Bowling Park

    Bowling Park is a large and leafy park with something for everyone. With a great view over the city centre, its slopes are perfect for sledging in the winter, or…

  • Cliffe Castle Museum & Park

    Cliffe Castle Museum & Park, the former home of the Butterfield family presented to the district by Sir Bracewell Smith in 1950. In 2017 the grounds were restored to their…

  • Lister Park

    Lister Park is one of Bradford’s 6 Green Flag parks and home to Cartwright Hall Museum and Art Gallery. What’s on Lister Park is home to Bradford’s weekly Park Run,…

  • Peel Park

    Peel Park is large community park with well laid out paths, gardens, small lake, play areas, BMX track, bowls and sports pitches.

  • Roberts Park

    A wonderful park on the banks of the River Aire and part of the Saltaire World Heritage Site. What’s on Roberts park has regular bandstand concerts throughout the summer, and…

  • St. Ives Country Park

    St Ives Country Park is one of Airedale’s hidden gems  offering something for all the family in all seasons. It is also Bradford Districts largest park at 217ha. What’s on…

Woods

Bradford District looks after more than 850ha of woodland open to the public

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  • Ben Rhydding Gravel Pits

    A great place to observe birds, plants, butterflies, and dragonflies, and if you’re really lucky you may even spot an otter!

  • Bowling Park

    Bowling Park is a large and leafy park with something for everyone. With a great view over the city centre, its slopes are perfect for sledging in the winter, or…

  • Buck Wood

    Home to a Bronze Age enclosure (2,800 – 500 years BCE) and a popular destination for walkers, cyclists and horse riders.

  • Crabtree Ghyll

    A carpet of wildflowers greets woodland visitors early in the year.

  • Griff Wood

    A woodland created in the 19th century.

  • Judy Woods

    Mature oak and beech trees make a visit worthwhile throughout the year.

  • Middleton Woods

    A well loved and much visited rare ancient woodland noted for its spectacular bluebell displays.

  • Shipley Glen

    People seeking fresh air and relaxation have flocked to this site for many years.

War memorials

City of Bradford District Council is responsible for the care of 42 War Memorials.

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  • War Memorials

    Detailed information may be found by following the links and searching by name etc: War Memorials online  or  Historic England for listed memorials. If you have any questions about upkeep…