Parks & Green Spaces

Parks and green open spaces are an essential balance to urban life. In Watford, there are around 40 areas of excellent parkland and open space that provide focal points for healthy exercise and community interaction.

Whether you are looking for somewhere to relax in the sun, go for a run or a walk through the woods, Watford has somewhere for you. Some of them are highlighted below or visit Watford Borough Council for more information and a list.

Cassiobury Park Cassiobury Park

Discover the delights of Cassiobury Park, voted third most loved park in the UK, and winner of a Green Flag award seven years in a row.

Cassiobury Park is a lovely sight to behold in any season. It is the largest public open space in Watford comprising of over 190 acres of green space, a wealth of sports facilities, attractions for children such as paddling pools and a miniature railway, Cha Cha Cha Tea Pavilion and a Local Nature Reserve. The entrances to the park are located on Rickmansworth Road, Shepherds Road, Gade Avenue, The Gardens, Langley Way and Parkside Drive.

Cheslyn House & Gardens Cheslyn House & Gardens

Discover Watford’s ‘best kept secret’, Cheslyn House and Gardens, where you can explore a semi-natural woodland area. Its 3.5 acres of space is imaginatively laid out to provide areas of interest including a pond, fernery, large herbaceous borders and an aviary. The gardener is usually to be found in the garden and is keen to share his plant and wildlife knowledge. Cheslyn House & Gardens is accessible from Nascot Wood Road.

Whippendell Woods Whippendell Woods

Listed as an ancient wood, it is believed to have been a wooded area for at least the last 400 years. Enjoyed by walkers, runners and horse riders the wood also has a rather unique claim to fame, having been used for filming scenes from the Star Wars movies. Breathtaking displays of bluebells mean a visit between the last week of April and the first week of May is highly recommended.