East Park, Hull, East Yorkshire

East Park is a very large Victorian park on the eastern side of Hull, along Holderness Road.
I spent many a day here as a child and enjoy bringing my children here now. There has been a lot of money spent on the park recently, and it shows. 

We love visiting the animals in the animal enclosure. It shuts at around 4pm most days, so don’t delay in visiting. There are alpacas, peacocks, goats and guinea pigs, as well as aviaries with all sorts of birds including one that can talk.

There is a water splash area where children can play. It is fenced off and very shallow so is pretty good for even very young children.

The old Victorian splash boat is worth a ride (from 50p for children) but you might get wet. You can buy a ticket from the boat office, where you can also hire a swan-shaped paddle boat and ride on the lake. 


The playground is excellent, with a zip ride and also equipment for disabled people. There is a range of equipment for children of all ages.
You can get an ice-cream from the van near the playground, or the shop near the duck-pond. There is a pavilion in the park’s centre which houses a cafe and toilets.
There is an outdoor gym and a bowling green or two, and a skate park for the more adventurous types. On top of that, there are masses of green space and trees, and the perimeter road is great for cycling and jogging as a large part of it is shut to cars. You can also hire cycles, including ones for disabled people, at the western side of the park. 

Parking is good. There are two decent free car parks, as well as a fair bit of perimeter road. It can get a bit fraught when there are events on, but there is unrestricted parking on one of the many nearby residential streets.
We love East Park. It’s a great day out without spending a fortune. 

Written by Joanne Brady

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