Clarence Park

Open from dawn till dusk all year

Located in the heart of the city of St Albans 10 ha, 2 routes and 38 points of interest

Points of Interest

  • Artificial Sports Surface
  • Atlas Cedar
  • Bandstand
  • BBQ area
  • Blue Atlas Cedar
  • Bowling Club
  • Catalpa (Bean Tree)
  • Children's Play Area
  • Corsican Pines
  • Cricket Nets
  • Cricket Pavillion
  • Cricket Square
  • Croquet Lawn
  • Eucalyptus
  • Foxglove Tree
  • Ginkgo (Maidenhair)
  • Holly
  • Honey Locust
  • Horse Chestnuts
  • Japanese Maple
  • Lime (Avenue)
  • London Plane
  • Mulberry
  • Oak
  • Ornamental Garden
  • Park Keepers Lodge
  • Public Toilets
  • Robinia
  • St Albans City Football Club
  • Sycamore
  • Tulip Tree
  • Verdis Restaurant
  • Water Fountain
  • Western Reds Cedars
  • Willow
  • Willow
  • Wych Elm
  • Yew

On Site Facilities

  • Car Park (Pay & Display)
  • Disabled Access
  • Disabled Toilets
  • Dog Free Area
  • Dogs Welcome
  • Food & Drink
  • Pushchair Friendly Paths
  • Sheltered Seating
  • Toilets

Park Information

Clarence Park is located in the heart of the city of St Albans and, like the original park layout, is still divided into two distinct compartments.

The formal park covers an area of approximately 3.6 hectares (9 acres) and includes a wide range of features that still exist from the original park.  These include rose and flower beds, extensive tree and shrub planting, the Aberdeen granite drinking fountain and the park keeper's lodge. Only the wood and heather thatched bandstand have been lost from the original park.

The recreation ground compartment, which covers an area of approximately 6.4 hectares (16 acres), is still in extensive use and provides a number of sports facilities such as Cricket, Football, Tennis, Bowls and Hockey.

In 2005 Clarence Park was successfully awarded a Green Flag on its first attempt, and has retained the award every subsequent year to date. The park also received a Green Heritage award in 2007.

The Park was opened on 23 July 1894 by the Duke of Cambridge, accompanied by great celebrations in the City.

Clarence Park has matured since its opening, with an abundance of trees and shrubs, but the layout remains virtually unchanged.  The park keeper’s lodge, the cricket pavilion and the three timber built entrance kiosks all survive.

Added features include a very popular children’s playground, sensory garden with interpretation boards about the plants present and an artificial sports surface which accommodates hockey in the winter and public tennis courts in the summer.

How to get here

Parking: Small car park located in the park and is accessed via the Parks main entrance off Clarence Road.  The Council operates a pay and display system which is free for the first three hours.  There are a number of alternative car parks located close to the park. Further information can be found on the St Albans City and District Council website.https://www.intalink.org.uk/services
Public Transport Information: St Albans City Railway Station is a 5 minute walk from the park. In addition, there are a number of bus services (300-301 and 602) which run to and from the city centre via Hatfield Road. Further information on public transport is available here: https://www.intalink.org.uk/ and www.nationalrail.co.uk
Cycling: A permissive cycle path runs through the park.

Park Routes

Tree Trail Distance 1.2 km, Steps taken 1612

Tree Trail Distance 1.2 km, Steps taken 1612