About Pittville Park

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Pittville Pump Room car park

We are in the process of installing parking meters at Pittville Pump Room car park following public consultation on the new arrangements. This is to help manage and prioritise visitors to Pittville Park and the Pump Room, whilst helping to encourage sustainable modes of transport and discourage long stay and commuter parking.

Due to the pandemic the planned introduction of charges was delayed. From the beginning of March, all customers will need to enter their registration details and display a ticket. A charge of £1 will only apply for customers wishing to stay for more than 2 hours (up to a maximum of 4 hours). There is no charge for customers wishing to stay for less than 2 hours. As with our other car parks, blue badge holders will be able to stay up to 3 hours without charge.


Urban greening

As part of our urban greening project, we are currently carrying out lake desilting and habitat improvements in the park. Visit our urban greening pages for more information.


Park information

Opened in 1825, Pittville Park is the largest ornamental park in Cheltenham and features the magnificent Pump Room and lakes. This park is given a grade 2 listing under the English Heritage register of historic parks and gardens, with the Pump Room as a grade 1 historic building.

Pittville Park won it's first Green Flag Award and Green Heritage Accredition in 2016 and still flies the flag.

Pittville Park is divided in two by Evesham Road. Most people are familiar with the eastern side of the park, which is overlooked by Pittville Pump Room, and home to the main children's play area and the aviaries where you'll find our popular birds and bunnies. However, to the west of Evesham Road lies the much larger western park with its more natural layout and small areas of woodland. Here you will find the larger 'lower lake' where you can fish during the fishing season, and there is a smaller children's play area along with tennis courts, a pitch and putt golf course and a skate park.

Toilets can be found in the eastern park just to the south of the play area, and you can buy refreshments at the Kiosk in the play area and at Central Cross Cafe which is in the southern section alongside Central Cross Drive.

Location

Pittville Park is to the north of the town and straddles Evesham Road. The park borders Tommy Taylor's Lane to the west and Pittville Lawn to the east, and the narrow southern section of the park stretches as far south as Wellington Road.


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Friends of Pittville

Twice a month the friends meet to carry out volunteer tasks in the park. Recent work parties have planted wild garlic and primroses in areas on the west side of the lake. Cowslips were transplanted from the old Dunnalley School wildlife area. Find out more about the Friends of Pittville on their website. They also have a Facebook page which shows many photographs of the park and wildlife.

Orienteering

North Gloucestershire Orienteering Club have worked in partnership with Cheltenham Borough Council to design a short beginners orienteering challenge for Pittville Park. The challenge uses both side of the park and encourages visitors to have a go. The leafet is availalbe from the Central Cross Cafe and the Boathouse.

Pittville Park study

In 2017 Illman Young Landscape Design were commissioned by Cheltenham Borough Council and the Friends of Pittville to carry out a study of the park to review each area, identifying the current issues and proposing a range of works which could be carried out.

Donwload the full study report.