Public Parks and Commons
Visit and enjoy the many delightful public parks and large areas of common land around the Malvern Hills......
The Malvern Hills Conservators are the guardians of large areas of common land around the Malvern Hills as well as the Hills themselves.
The Commons are ideal places to exercise yourself and your dog, to fly your kite, to picnic or kick a football around with the kids.
The largest and most accessible areas include:
- -> Malvern Common (shown in photo above)
- -> Link Common (shown in photo to right)
- -> Poolbrook Common
- -> Newland Common
- -> Castlemorton Common, Berrow Down, Hollybed Common and Golden Valley
- -> Old Hills, Callow End
- + Details of the smaller and more remote areas can be found in the Conservator's leaflet (out of print): Green Spaces and Hidden Places.
- Telephone: 01684 892002
- Website: www.malvernhills.org.uk/visiting/places_to_visit.aspx
- Location: Various - around the Malvern Hills
Formerly the gardens of the Priory Mansion built in 1874 which is now used as the Council House, Priory Park provides a tranquil centre to Great Malvern being bordered by the Malvern Theatres, Malvern Splash Leisure Complex and the Council House. Priory Park was previously known as the Winter Gardens in times past.
Priory Park is filled with beautiful mature trees and surrounds a large duck pond spanned by a couple of bridges. A Victorian bandstand, built in 1875 and restored in the 1980s, proudly stands in the park and hosts free Sunday afternoon concerts during the summer months.
Many of the trees in the park were planted about 150 years ago when it was fashionable to plant as many exotic trees as possible from other parts of the world in your garden.
A children's playground occupies one corner of the park next to a beautiful wooden carving, created by Tom Harvey from a tree which had to be felled.
Priory Park (between A & B on the Town map) can be accessed from Grange Road next to the Malvern Theatres or if coming by car, park in the Priory Road car parks and walk up by the Malvern Splash. Priory Park is on the 'Route to the Hills' from Great Malvern Station.
Rose Bank Gardens lies on edge of the Malvern Hills overlooking Great Malvern. It started life as the grounds of Rose Bank, a Regency house that was gifted to the Town in 1918 by Mr Dyson Perrins and subsequently demolished in 1959.
Rose Bank Gardens can be found at the Southern end of Belle Vue Terrace, next to the Mount Pleasant Hotel (E on the town map). Car parking can be found at the other end of Belle Vue Terrace behind the Unicorn pub.
The playing fields at Victoria Park provide children's "safe" play areas, tennis courts and two football pitches with Malvern Rugby Club a short distance away. The park is adjacent to the Morgan Motor's factory so you can combine a visit to the park with a factory tour.
Malvern Victoria Bowling Club is a private club, founded in 1908. It is located in the picturesque Victoria Park, Malvern Link, and offers first class facilities for outdoor flat green bowling. There is a lovely 6 rink green with magnificent views towards the Malvern Hills.
Enjoy a walk along the banks of the River Severn from Upton upon Severn across the ancient flood meadows known as "The Ham".
The 60 hectares of flood plain next to Upton, called "The Ham", are one of the oldest Lammas meadows in the country. No fertilisers, pesticides or herbicides are used and it has been granted the title of Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The Grasslands Trust explains that the Lammas meadows are a special kind of flood meadow managed under a common system, whereby strips of meadow are randomly allotted (by drawing lots) to commoners to take hay, but grazing is shared by all the commoners. The Lammas meadow system is very ancient, possibly over a thousand years old.
Start your walk from the end of Waterside and then down Dunn's Lane.