Hanley Park

Artist's impression of a restored Hanley Park

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 993,000 visitors during 2016.

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.


Hanley Park Restoration Project (including Cauldon Grounds)

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. Work started in Cauldon Grounds in 2016 with the repair of boundary walls, entrances, gates, and the restoration to working order of the Hammersley Fountain. In 2017, work to restore the park buildings (including pavilion and boathouse) and landscape will gather pace. The project is due for completion in summer 2018. 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 - find out more here)
  • 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). 

Getting here

You'll find us off College Road, in Shelton, ST1 4DX.

The park is located at the heart of the city's University Quarter and is served by a number of bus routes connecting College Road (routes 7C, 24) and Stoke Road (routes 21, 21A).

Stoke-on-Trent City Centre and Stoke-on-Trent railway station are less than 10 minutes' walk away. The Caldon Canal and National Cycle Network route 550 (Etruria - Stockton Brook) pass through the park.

The park also has two small car parks, located off The Parkway, and at the Junction of Avenue Road and Boughey Road.


What's on

Get involved

We are now looking for volunteer teams to help with events and activities, education, heritage research, visitor surveys, and - of course - gardening projects. It's a great way to get active and get involved in your community. If you would like to find out more, please get in touch using the details listed below.

The Friends of Hanley Park is a group of local volunteers that works with park staff to improve the park for everybody and make a difference to our local community. All are welcome to join. The group also plays a full part in the restoration project. They meet regularly, with a public meeting every two months. This is usually at 10.30am on the third Saturday of the month - please check the notice boards and what's on (see above) for the latest details. Alternatively, visit their website or get in touch by emailing hanleypark@stoke.gov.uk .


Contact details

  • For non-urgent enquiries, please contact Stoke-on-Call on 01782 234234, or email parksandplaygrounds@stoke.gov.uk
  • If you witness an incident or cause for concern, call your local policing team on 101. 
  • In case of an emergency, always dial 999 without delay.

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