Southampton Central Parks have recently been awarded the prestigious Grade II* listed status on the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens of special historic interest. This upgraded listing recognises the parks' national importance as examples of early municipal parks whose layout and design remains substantially intact, enhanced by notable monuments of social and historic interest associated with significant historical events.
The Green Flag award winning, Central Parks were established between 1854 and 1866 on ancient fields known as Lammas Lands. Lammas Lands were the ancient medieval town fields cultivated privately for six months each year until 1 August (Lammas Day) when they became available for common grazing. The recently upgraded Grade II* listed historic Central Parks are made up of five parks - Andrews (East) Park, Hoglands Park, Houndwell Park, Palmerston Park and Watts (West) Park which together cover 21 hectares.
Central Parks are a green oasis in the heart of the city centre. You will find lots to do in the parks with a mini-golf course, a skate park and cricket pitches. Events include family and children's activities, guided walks, arts in the park, Mela festival and regular music in the bandstand.
See the management plan below for more details of the parks and what is happening.
Follow this link to see a detailed map of the Central Parks. (Note: it's a large file and download speeds may vary)