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“Well past it's best”
Review of Hanley Park

Hanley Park
Ranked #35 of 117 things to do in Stoke-on-Trent
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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).
Reviewed 29 March 2013

Almost every part contains closed buildings - some totally boarded up! The only really good part was the children's play area which had many different types of equipment for all ages.

Thank Allan J
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Reviewed 22 March 2013

The park was great with some great facilities for children. Unfortunately the cafe has closed down but we enjoyed our walk. Bet its lovely in the summer.

Thank Sandra B
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Reviewed 15 March 2013

I enjoy going to this park to feed the birds. I do wish there were some benches a bit closer to the water as they all seem to be set further back. The park does need some attention as some of the older buildings are derelict and they would look nice if they were restored and put to good use. There are toilets in the park but they're not nice at all so these could do with some attention.

Thank JoRob80
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Reviewed 16 February 2013

It has the best recreational ground in the area and there is so many items for the children and adult to play on.

Thank superEP
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Reviewed 8 February 2013

I grew up around this park so obviously could be seen as biased but the modern play equipment installed fairly recently has increased it's status as a family-friendly environment, lots + lots of space for people with youngsters to give them a bit of breathing space. Absolutely perfect spot if you're a student or member of staff at Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent College or Stoke 6th Form College to spend a bit of 'relaxation' time in between lectures ! Nice lake, fountain etc. The only 'negative' I'd say is that , over the years, there have been the occasional attack on both genders, particularly lone people walking solo through the park after dark. My advice would be : walk that few extra yards and navigate around the park !

Thank Mister J
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