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First Visit

First visit here with the children and although we didn't see a lot of it due to us getting here... read more

Reviewed September 1, 2018
Helen G
Wrexham, United Kingdom
A leisure gem

Derby is very lucky to have Markeaton Park, in public hands since it was gifted to the council in... read more

Reviewed August 27, 2018
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  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“paddling pool”(60 reviews)
“craft village”(25 reviews)
“donkey rides”(28 reviews)
Markeaton Park is Derby’s most visited park and is one of the most popular attractions in the East Midlands. It offers a place to escape from day to day living and city life and experience a little bit of countryside on Derby’s doorstep. But behind...more
Kedleston Road, Derby, England
+44 7812 300606
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed July 19, 2015 via mobile

A great place to take Kids on a hot day, Donkey rides (fee) Paddling pool (free) Bouncing castle (fee) Crazy golf (fee) Big kids park (free) Cars (fee) They have also added a big climbing adventure thing for kids and adults, don't know how much...More

5  Thank Scottie2785
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed August 5, 2015

The previously challenging 18 hole golf course at Markeaton has been replaced by a ridiculous 9 hole FOOTGOLF course. Previously luscious greens have been ravaged by roaming packs of savage children, with little to care for golf etiquette. I have not seen such wanton destruction...More

7  Thank Duncan H
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Parking is overpriced. Bit dated and dirty. But take the kids for an icecream and stroll in summer and it will occupy them. Lovely little gardens and cafe and pottery place. Put on nice little days every so often that are worth a trip.

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Reviewed September 10, 2018 via mobile

It was a lovely park to visit, just a shame near the car park there was powder dye everywhere and it went all over our clothes including my toddlers. As he was walking it was blowing up in the wind.

Thank Naajie
Reviewed September 1, 2018

First visit here with the children and although we didn't see a lot of it due to us getting here late in the day I cannot really find anything much to complain about. Parking charges are quite steep (as with a lot of places). I...More

1  Thank Helen G
Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

Derby is very lucky to have Markeaton Park, in public hands since it was gifted to the council in the early part of last century. A great family place with crazy golf, children's play area, paddle pools, miniature train and go-karts in one area, and...More

1  Thank Fizzycorn
Reviewed August 21, 2018

good size car park do not forget to buy pay and display ticket, parking officers patrol this area, this is a good sized park with nice play areas for the children, an oasis of calm take a picnic and enjoy.

Thank 733brian
Reviewed August 19, 2018 via mobile

We had driven past Markeaton Park a fair few times but never stopped by so on our way to another national trust venue we decided to. You have to pay for parking but it is not too expensive we paid £2.20 for 2 hours, the...More

Thank ldgp14
Reviewed August 18, 2018 via mobile

Parked fine by the play centre. Paddling pool and canoeing lake particularly looked disgustingly dirty. Play areas are a mix of differing areas broadly grouped age appropriately. The pirate ship is a nightmare to keep an eye on where your child is. Most parents don't...More

2  Thank PrestonHoliday
Reviewed August 14, 2018 via mobile

Nice day out with loads of activities to keep kids busy. Massive play area for all ages, donkey ride, car rides, canoeing,outdoor pool and walks. you need to buy tickets for all and queues can build up,additionally parking is a bit expensive.overall good day out!

Thank dhvani s
Reviewed August 10, 2018 via mobile

Markeaton is perfect for day out with children. The paddling pool is perfect for warm days, big and lots of space. My 4yr old loved it. The play areas are great and well designed. You can pay for bits like canoes, donkey rides, bouncy castle...More

1  Thank LizzieL78
Reviewed August 8, 2018

Be sure to get a parking ticket on your arrival as parking attendants DO patrol this area. It is £3.60 for 4 hours so well worth it as entrance to the park and its attractions are free. We went to the Super Heroes Picnic there...More

1  Thank joy l
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Response from Samuels_9 | Reviewed this property |
Entry is free.
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May 27, 2018|
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