Wivenhoe Park in the top 10

Wivenhoe Park has been named in the top ten in the UK in the Green Flag Award People’s Choice vote covering more than 1,500 parks and green spaces.

The park is a striking landscape of more than 200 acres, providing a tranquil setting for Wivenhoe House and the University of Essex’s Colchester Campus.

Professor Anthony Forster, Vice-Chancellor at the University, said: “Immortalised by the painter John Constable in 1816, the University is delighted to share our estate with visitors and I am sure our careful stewardship will ensure that Wivenhoe Park remains a special place and one of the nation’s favourite green spaces in years to come.”

The park is also home to a range of plants and wildlife including more than 2,800 trees, some of which are extraordinary examples of their species or have historic significance – including the cork trees at Wivenhoe House which were grown from cuttings brought back from the Peninsular War by Major-General Francis Slater Rebow in 1814.

The site also provides many different habitats including grasslands, woodland and reed beds, and has three man-made lakes which provide a habitat for a number of waterfowl and wader species.

Paul Todd, Green Flag Award manager, said: “Congratulations to everyone who has helped Wivenhoe Park become one of the nation’s favourites and a Green Flag Award People’s Choice winner.”



find us, however you travel
By car:

Whether approaching Wivenhoe House from London and the South or Ipswich and the North via the A12, take the exit marked Colchester (A133). Follow the A133 towards Clacton, ignore the entrance to the Knowledge Gateway, continue along the A133 then take the B1028 for Wivenhoe before turning right into Boundary Road, then right again into Park Road. The entrance for Wivenhoe House is shared with the University of Essex but Park Road leads you through Wivenhoe Park and you will be able to see the glorious house from the road.

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By train:

Colchester station, Colchester Town station, Wivenhoe station and Hythe stations are all between 10-15 minutes from Wivenhoe House by car. Trains run between London (Liverpool Street) and Colchester station every 10-20 minutes. The journey takes around an hour. Also connect with Colchester from Norwich, Ipswich, Felixstowe & Harwich. Some trains from London (Liverpool Street) also stop at Wivenhoe Station. When travelling from the Clacton/Walton direction, alight at Wivenhoe or Hythe Stations.

By plane:

Stansted airport is approximately 45 minutes from Wivenhoe House by car. Helicopter pad coordinates are 603200/223900.