Park information

Greenhead Park is a great place to visit, especially now it has been restored to its former glory. Below is some information about the park, which we hope will be useful for vistors. You can download a leaflet with information about the history of the park and a map to help find your way around, and there are maps on the noticeboards at the main park entrances too.

Opening hours

The park gates are opened daily at 7am.

Closing times are seasonal as follows:

January & February 6pm; March & April 8pm; May, June July & August 10pm; September & October 8pm; November & December 6pm

Getting to the park

Greenhead Park is a short walk or bus ride from Huddersfield town centre – frequent buses from Huddersfield bus station and Westgate (near both the bus and train stations) stop by the main park gates on Trinity Street. You can find more details of bus services on the Metro website.

Cars are not allowed into the park and on street parking can be hard to find nearby, especially at busy times. Some parking spaces around the park are time limited to two or three hours. There are some disabled parking bays near the park entrances.  Springwood car park is the nearest town centre car park,  a 5 – 10 minute walk from the Trinity Street gates. There is also a small Pay & Display car park behind the Conservatory (entrance in Park Avenue) including disabled parking bays. Customers of The Park cafe can get one hour’s parking refunded.


Dogs are welcome in the park but owners are expected keep their pets under control and clear up after them. Owners can be requested to put dogs on a lead if they are causing a nuisance to other park users. The play areas, paddling pool, sports courts and skate park are dog exclusion zones and owners are also asked to keep their dogs out of the lake as they disturb the widlife. Dogs can be taken into the top cafe by the tennis courts and the conservatory section of The Park cafe.

Fires and barbecues

Fires and barbecues are not allowed in the park at any time. A Public Space Protection Order is in force and anyone lighting a fire or barbeque can be fined up to £150.

Play areas

There are plenty of play opportunities in the park for children of all ages. An exciting playground, near the Cafe in the Park and sports courts, was created during the restoration of the park and includes a zip wire, play tower, swings, picnic tables and more.  Nearby is an enclosed play area for under 5s (see below) and a climbing wall.

Recycling bin - March

A second play area between the lake and the war memorial, installed in 2016, includes a climbing net, slide, swings, musical instruments plus natural features to scramble round and over – as well as picnic tables and places to sit and watch the children playing.

Both these play areas now have recycling bins for plastic bottles and cans nearby which we hope everyone will use.

The under 5s play area, completely refurbished in August 2018 after fundraising by the Friends of Greenhead Park, includes a colourful play train, swings with baby seats, twirlies and play panels.

New play train in the under 5s area
Toddler play area 15-08-18 5






Paddling pool

Until Covid struck, the Greenhead Park paddling pool had provided summer fun for children every year since 1934 and was a very popular attraction on sunny days. The pool was due to reopen in summer 2022, but this did not happen as the facility was not able to meet current water standards. Kirklees Council have recently announced that the paddling pool will remain closed in its current form while options are explored for its future.

One of the Friends of Greenhead Park priorities agreed at our Annual General Meeting in March 2023 is to work with the council to secure the long term future of the paddling pool as a water play facility. We want to make sure users’ views are represented, so please contact us if you have any suggestions or comments.

Miniature railway

Run by volunteers from the Huddersfield Society of Model Engineers, the current miniature railway opened in Greenhead Park in August 2000. Diesel, and sometimes live steam, locomotives run along the 1/3 mile track, starting and finishing at the station behind the Refreshment Rooms building.

The railway aims to operate from March to October on Saturdays from 1pm to 4pm, but please note that the running of the train is dependent on the weather and volunteer numbers.  If you would like to help run the train please contact HSME.

Tickets: £2 a ride, family (up to 5 people) £5. 

Other family attractions

A variety of children’s rides, and sometimes a bouncy castle, are operated by the Hamer family near the railway and playground at weekends and daily during the school summer holidays (weather permitting). This family run business has been operating rides in Greenhead Park since 1946 and has now passed down to the third generation!

Ornamental lake

The largest of the park’s five original lakes was filled in in the 1950’s but was reinstated as part of the park restoration. The restored lake has been designed to attract wildlife and dog owners are asked to respect this by keeping dogs out of the water.

As soon as the lake was filled, a pair of mallard ducks arrived and a brood of ducklings soon followed! The lake is now home to wildlife of all kinds and surveys have identified a wide variety of species both in and on the water. Feeding the ducks is a popular activity but over-feeding with bread does bring problems, especially in the summer. Bread is bad for ducks and other local wildlife (apart from the rats!). You can  buy small bags of special duck pellets, packaged up by the Friends of Greenhead Park, at both cafes in the park for just 25p. Other alternatives recommended by the Canal and River Trust include corn, oats, bird seed and even defrosted peas.


The restored bandstand is a great venue for music of all kinds including brass bands, jazz bands and choirs. Check our events listings for details of what’s on.

The council and the Friends of Greenhead Park are keen to encourage use of the Greenhead Park bandstand to help keep the park’s musical heritage alive. The Friends organise three or four summer band concerts every year, but other groups are welcome to use the bandstand for events too.  If you are interested in organising an event on the bandstand, you need to contact to make a booking – and you can also contact us for more information or advice.

Heritage information boards

A series of 10 information boards tells visitors about the history of the Park and its main features. A leaflet showing the locations of the boards is available at both Park cafes or you can go to our Park history page and download it.


Conservatory 25 September

The conservatory was added to the park in 1930 to provide ‘beautiful foliage and flowering plants’ for all to enjoy as well as educating school children in the story of ‘economic’ plants such as tea, coffee, pineapple and tobacco. There was even a banana plant that was much admired!

Although no longer suitable for tropical plants, the conservatory is still an attractive addition to the park and provides a very pleasant sitting area for customers of The Park cafe. Extensive repairs and maintenance to this Grade II listed building were completed in August 2019, and new planting was put in place inside the conservatory, with cacti and succulents taking centre stage.

The conservatory is normally open to visitors when The Park cafe is open and is also used for exhibitions and special events.

 Food and Drink

Visitors to Greenhead Park have a choice of two excellent eateries both with disabled access and toilets.

The long established Cafe in the Park, in the refurbished Refreshment Rooms building by the tennis courts, is open from every day for hot and cold food and drinks, ice creams and lollies. You can find menu details on the Cafe in the Park website. Normal opening hours are 9am to 4pm in summer and 10am to 3pm in winter, but may vary depending on the weather.  Outdoor seating is available on the verandah overlooking the tennis courts. For more details telephone 01484 532561 or e-mail You can also find up to date information on the Cafe in the Park Facebook page.

In August 2011, a new establishment, The Park, opened for business in newly built premises behind the Conservatory. Customers can choose to sit in the new building or the conservatory itself, and there’s outdoor seating available too.  The latest menu includes a wide range of hot and cold food and drinks, with new vegan options, using local produce and suppliers whenever possible. The breakfast menu is available up to 11.30am; lunch menu from 11.30am to 2pm; and coffee & cake all day. Opening hours are:  Monday – Friday, 10am to 3pm (9am to 4pm in the school summer holidays),  Saturday & Sunday, 9am  to 4pm.

There’s a  Pay and Display car park (including disabled parking spaces) behind The Park which costs £1 per hour for up to 3 hours, payable by cash or card. Customers of The Park can get one hour’s parking refunded.

Community Room

The restored Refreshment Rooms building offers a bookable inside space for community events and activities. For more information about using the Community Room, or to book, e-mail

Greenhead Park Pavilion

An attractive modern pavilion by the bowling greens provides a much-needed base for the Friends of Greenhead Park and the Greenhead Park Bowling and Croquet Clubs.

Thanks to support from the Kirklees Environment Grant Scheme, the pavilion is topped by an attractive and environmentally-friendly sedum roof which we hope will also encourage others to consider installing this form of roofing.

The building provides facilities for bowling and croquet matches during the season which runs from April to the end of September. The Friends use the pavilion for our weekly drop-in session on Wednesday afternoons, monthly committee meetings and other smaller meetings and events.

Public toilets

As well as the facilities available to customers of the two cafes, there are public toilets situated at the opposite end of the Refreshment Rooms building to the Cafe in the Park. These include a wheelchair accessible toilet and baby changing facilities. Unfortunately, the council is not currently able to keep the toilets open all the time the park is open, and in winter they can only be guaranteed to be open from 9am to 3pm.

 Tennis and multi-sports courts

The Park has 9 tennis courts and 2 Multi-Use Games Areas for public use. Courts 1 to 3 are now marked out for playing pickleball too – with introductory sessions on Thursdays. The courts are free to use, and there’s now an online reservation system for the tennis courts, so you can book to play at a time that suits you. There is also a  Greenhead Park Tennis League offering friendly singles matches for adults of all levels. Coaching sessions are sometimes available in the summer – look out for details on our news and events pages, or sign up for our e-mail updates which bring you the latest information about events and activities in the park.

Bowling and croquet

There are two greens which are open from April to the end of September. Please note that the greens are only for bowls and croquet. Please don’t go on them for any other reason as you can damage the playing surface.

Greenhead Park Bowling Club play in the Huddersfield & District Veterans League. Matches are on Monday and Tuesday afternoons, with club competitions on Thursday afternoons. New members of all ages are welcome – come along on a Thursday afternoon or contact Richard on 07813 738162.

Huddersfield Croquet Club use the lower bowling green for practice sessions and matches, usually on Tuesday & Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons. The Club welcomes new members and offers have-a-go sessions and coaching courses. For more information, e-mail or call Rena Souten on 07799 895350. The Club also have a Facebook page.

Non-members are welcome to play bowls on the greens when they are not being used by the clubs. If you don’t have your own, you can borrow bowls free of charge from the Friends of Greenhead Park on Wednesdays from 1pm to 2pm – and other times by arrangement. Contact us for more details.


Completed in autumn 2013 is another sports facility – for those who like bowling with a French twist. Huddersfield Petanque Club runs regular sessions at the terrain and newcomers are always welcome. You can find out more about the Club and its activities at Huddersfield Petanque.

Orienteering and running routes

A permanent orienteering course (installed by East Pennine Orienteering Club and updated in July 2023) provides a fun way to navigate round the park. There are three suggested courses – the shortest (A) is wheelchair friendly. Just download the map, instructions, (and answers if you need them), and get orientated! Smartphone users can now try orienteering in the Greenhead Park area using the MapRun app too. You’ll find all the information you need on the EPOC MapRun page

There is also a measured route for running, jogging or walking 1, 2 or 3 miles. Greenhead Park’s 3-2-1 route caters for everyone including pushchair and wheelchair users, as it is all on pathways and there are no steps involved. There’s a  map showing the route, or you can just follow the colour coded signs.

Trim Trail

Opened in summer 2013 is a Trim Trail for fitness fans of all ages who’d like a workout in the fresh air rather than the gym. You’ll find a variety of equipment at four points around the outer edge of the main events field including stride jumps, ladder and abs bench.


The Greenhead Park skatepark is a great attraction for young people who want to hone their skateboarding skills. The site welcomes BMX bikers and rollerbladers as well as skateboarders, and there’s free and open access during park opening hours.