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Castle Gardens and Town Meads

Open all year.

Well equipped 6.5ha park in the Centre of Bishops Stortford with 5 points of interest

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Bandstand and Parkrun Meeting Point


Parkrun Meeting Point.

Castle Gardens Parkrun is held at 9am every Saturday of the year and are free but please register at before your first run.

For more information see our events pages using the navigation at the tope of the screen.

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Play area

Toddler Play Area

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Splash Pool

Splash Park

Normally open from 9am-7pm every day during the period mid-May - end September.   Further information available here

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Tennis Courts

Sports Court

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War Memorial

Site of historical interest

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Waytemore Castle

Site of historical interest

The original motte and bailey castle had a rectangular great tower added in the 12th Century and was used as a prison during the 17th century.

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Park Information

The former site of Bishop's Stortford's Waytemore Castle, the Castle Gardens are now laid out with flower beds, tennis courts and the Town Council's children's play areas in the adjacent Sworders Field. The ancient Castle Mound can be seen from within the castle grounds and you can walk from here along the River Stort through Grange Paddocks north to Red, White and Blue open space.

Following a successful Heritage Lottery bid in 2016, work will be underway over the next few years to upgrade the park and its facilities.  Plans aim to highlight the historical, cultural and natural features of the park, bringing together the formal, pleasant and relaxing space of the Castle Gardens with the vibrant and exciting recreational space of Sworder’s Field.

Further information on the proposals including the new Park Masterplan and how you can become involved is available on the East Herts District Council website here:

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On Site Facilities

  • Car Park (Pay & Display)Car Park (Pay & Display) icon
  • Disabled AccessDisabled Access icon
  • Dogs WelcomeDogs Welcome icon
  • Pushchair Friendly PathsPushchair Friendly Paths icon
  • ToiletsToilets icon

How to get here


 The Park is close to a number of Town Centre Car Parks:

  • Link Road Car Park, Bishops Stortford, CM23 2BA.  Directions here
  • Causeway Car  Park, Bishops Stortford, CM23 2EN. Directions here

Further information including car park charges is available on the East Herts District Council website here

Public Transport Information:

The park is close to Bishops Stortford Town Centre with easy access to bus and rail networks.  Further information on public transport is available here: and



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