Parks and Peaks

Western Park

Weston Park is next door to campus; its grounds overlooked by one of our libraries. It’s a very popular place with students and the general public when the weather is good, and great place to relax. The park is home to a free family museum and there are concerts and festivals held throughout the summer.

Close to our student accommodation is the Botanical Gardens. The gardens were first opened in 1836 and are a great place for a walk at any time of year. Made up of 15 different garden areas, they are home to a large collection and variety of plants, and some of the earliest glass pavilions constructed.
Endcliffe Park is five minutes’ walk away from our accommodation and its popular café is a good place to meet up with friends. Woodland walks and cycle paths take you through the park and into the local countryside of the beautiful Porter Valley.

In the city centre, the Winter garden is the largest temperate glasshouse in any European city and is home to more than 2,000 plants. The building itself is an architectural spectacle and is located next to the Millennium Gallery, the Peace Gardens and Tudor Square.

The Peak District National Park is dramatic countryside and a great place for cycling, hiking and climbing. Covering an area of 555 square miles it attracts an estimated 22 million visitors every year. Chatsworth House, home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, is one of the UK’s most popular stately homes and is definitely worth a visit.