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Central Parks

Image of East ParkSouthampton 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)

Welcome to Southampton's award winning Central Parks

East Park icon Andrews (East) Park

The cafe in the old pavilion is a great place to enjoy a cuppa and a snack and maybe play a round of mini golf.

Hoglands Park icon Hoglands Park

With a popular skatepark and pavilion which houses a drop-in centre for young people.

Houndwell Park icon Houndwell Park

A excellent example of a lime tree avenue planted in 1862 travels through the centre of the park.

Palmerston Park icon Palmerston Park

Among this iconic garden sits the seven feet high Viscount Palmerston Memorial, former Prime Minster and MP for South Hampshire for many years.

West Park icon Watts (West) Park

The four metre high stone sculpture ‘Enclosure’ by Paul De Monchaux frames four skyline landmarks in and around the park.

Map of Southampton’s parks and green spaces

View Parks in a larger map

Find your local park by using Google maps.

Use the scroll keys + or - to zoom in or zoom out. Use your mouse cursor to drag the map around in any direction. If you want to see a larger map then click on the link provided underneath the map.

Downloadable documents

Icon Name of file Size Download time
Image Central Parks Management Plan 2013 2170 KB 9secs @ 2Mbps
Link to download Adobe Acrobat if required

Contact information

  • 0800 519 1919
  • Parks and Street Cleansing (RL) Southampton City Council, Civic Centre, Southampton, SO14 7LY