Wharton Park is a gem in the heart of Durham City. The park occupies 4.3 hectares of land hugging the hillside to the North of the city centre. At its peak there are grade 2 listed Battlements dating back to 1858. 19th century philosopher John Ruskin, described the spectacular views from the battlements of Durham Cathedral, Durham Castle, the railway viaduct and over the City as 'the Eighth Wonder of the World'. The park includes a play area, miniature car track and a Multi-Use Games area as well as quiet areas to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
A Stage 2 bid has been submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund Parks for People programme to help restore and improve the park. There are over 260 Friends of Wharton Park (see http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=107666252628990 if you would like to join the Friends / find out more about our restoration plans).
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good9
- 2017JLW2017Darlington, United KingdomTrip Type:FamilyBrilliant!Wednesday, 16th August 2017Wharton Park is brilliant! There is so much to do for youngsters! I visited yesterday with my husband and our daughter and we really enjoyed it! There are areas of the park suitable for younger ones... Read full review
- Christopher BBury St EdmundsTrip Type:FamilySuperb park with excellent facilitiesMonday, 14th August 2017We took our three grandchildren to this park and were very impressed with the facilities. There are great views across to the cathedral and railway viaduct. The different levels in the park create... Read full review
- Gemma BDurham, United KingdomTrip Type:FamilyDisappointedThursday, 10th August 2017Really disappointed with wharton park. Visited today with young children and there was nothing to do. Can understand its a nice outdoor space in a city however were lucky in County Durham to have... Read full review
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|2017 (21 May 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)|
* Open daily, with events held throughout the year.