This summer, make the most of it by exploring some of the Bradford district's lovely parks and green spaces. Get outside and enjoy the fresh air with friends and family, get inspired, find a great spot to enjoy a bandstand concert, or just relax or play in the summer sun.

City Park, Bradford in the Summer

City Park

A summertime favourite, Bradford's Mirror Pool in award-winning City Park the perfect place to cool off on a hot day.  Children will enjoy dodging the fountains, and at dusk, when the fountains come to life with a brilliant light display. (subject to weather conditions and maintenance).

Combine a trip to City Park with a stop at the Cake'ole for ice cream or dessert.


  • Play Jets
  • Views of City Hall
  • Big Screen in City Park
  • Giant Chess Wednesday's 1pm to 4pm. - Weather permitting

Address: City Park, Bradford, BD1 1HY

Cliffe Castle Park, Keighley Fountain

Cliffe Castle (Museum) Park

Green Flag Award

Take a moment and explore the ornamental park that surrounds Cliffe Castle Museum, the former home of Henry Isaac Butterfield, a local Victorian millionaire and textile manufacturer. Enjoy the mid-Victorian-style water features, aviary, small woodland, play area, and Pavilion Cafe, which is located in the renovated glass house.

Check out the events taking place at Bradford Museums over the summer break to keep the children occupied.  Experience the Festival of Archaeology (25-26 July)


  • Aviary
  • Glass House
  • Museum
  • Traditional Victorian Tiered Fountains

Address: Cliffe Castle Park, Spring Gardens, Keighley, BD20 6LH

Lister Park, Bradford

Lister Park

Green Flag Award

Lister Park has everything the family can enjoy in the summer, including a fun playground, delicious ice cream in the pavilion and boating on the lake in the sunshine. A lovely aspect of the park is the botanical garden, which includes winding geological trails and the Mughal Water Garden, where you can relax in a stunning garden influenced by Islamic and Indian architecture.

After a stroll in the park, visit Cartwright Hall, Bradford's public art gallery with free admission and an exciting programme of contemporary exhibitions.


  • Public Sculpture
  • Mughal Garden
  • Boating Lake
  • Cartwright Hall

Address: Lister Park, North Park Road, BD9 4NR

Peel Park, Bradford

Peel Park

Green Flag Award

Take the family to Bradford's Peel Park, a Green Flag award-winning park with a viewing platform that offers excellent views of the city.  Join a dinosaur safari with the Love Exploring app, test your dinosaur knowledge or take the trail to mindfulness and explore with poetic clues and directions.  Pack a picnic, take advantage of the beautiful weather, and discover the perfect place to soak up the summer sun.


  • BMX Track
  • Ornamental Gardens
  • Fitness Equipment
  • Pond

Address: Peel Park, Bolton Road, BD2 4BX

Riverside Gardens Ilkley

Riverside Gardens

The Riverside Gardens in Ilkley are beautifully landscaped and look very special against the blue sky and bright sunshine.  Families can enjoy the excitement of the adventure playground, including the thrilling WharfeWave Swing and nature walks along the river for an afternoon of adventure.

If you're looking for a day of fun, sun, relaxation and swimming, nearby Ilkley Lido is the place to be!


  • Walking Routes
  • Children’s Play area
  • Old Packhorse Bridge Over the River Wharfe
  • Petanque Court

Address: Riverside Gardens, 33 Bridge Lane, Ilkley LS29 9EU

Roberts Park, Saltaire

Roberts Park

Green Flag Award

In the summertime, Roberts Park is the perfect place to while away an afternoon watching a thrilling cricket match.  Soak up the sun as you explore this beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site of Saltaire.

Ride the Shipley Glen Tramway through the woods for a scenic trip to the stunning Shipley Glen, a historic funicular that is located close to Roberts Park. (Open weekends only).


  • Half Moon Café
  • Views of the Weir at Saltaire
  • Alpaca Statue
  • Bandstand Concerts

Address: Roberts Park, Higher Coach Road, BD17 7LU

St Ives Estate, Bingley

St Ives Estate

Escape the hustle and bustle and discover Bingley’s natural beauty at St Ives Estate.  This country park offers sweeping views, beautiful nature, lovely walks and wildflower meadows.  Families will be entertained by the chainsaw sculpture trail, while children will find the natural adventure playground with towers and rope bridge fun to explore.


  • Chainsaw Sculptures
  • Natural Play Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Wildlife

Address: St Ives Estate (Country Park), Harden, BD16 1AT

Go out and explore the Bradford district during #LoveParks Week, which runs from 29 July to 5 August; tell everyone about Bradford’s wonderful parks and green spaces.

Remember to #RespectProtectEnjoy the landscape.

BBQs are not allowed on moorland in the district. Please #BeMoorAware and help us to prevent wildfires.


City Park
City Park Fountains

City Park is a six-acre park in the heart of Bradford which contains the largest man-made water feature in any UK city, plus more that 100 fountains, laser lighting and mist effects.

Cliffe Castle Park
Cliffe Castle Park Fountain View

Visit Cliffe Castle Park for a great family day out. Not only can you visit Cliffe Castle Museum, but there's also a childrens' play area, cafe, aviary and flower garden.

Lister Park
Lister park down by the boating pavilion.

Lister Park was crowned Britain's Best Park in 2006 and is also home to Cartwright Hall Art Gallery. You will also find the Mughal Gardens, a botanical garden, boating and a childrens' play area.

Peel Park
Peel Park

Peel Park has lots of offer including tennis, bowls and a skate park. There is also a flower garden and lake; the perfect location for a picnic or to relax with the family.

Ilkley Riverside Gardens
Riverside Parks

Riverside Gardens is a popular place for families to relax and enjoy the surroundings.

Roberts Park
Roberts Park Bandstand

Roberts Park has been awarded the prestigious Green Flag award- a benchmark for the best parks and green spaces in the country.

St Ives Estate, Bingley
St. Ives Estate, Coppice Pond

Take a walk through St Ives Estate and admire the picturesque lake, woodland and wildlife. Other facilities include a childrens' play area, cafe and fishing.



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