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Stoke Park

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Visiting Stoke Park

Paddling pool update 17 August: We're sorry we have to close the paddling pool today, the pump is broken. Do not attempt to enter the water. We are looking to fix this as soon as possible and we will keep you updated.

Stoke park is Guildford's largest and most popular award winning park. There are 52 hectares of unspoiled rolling grassland and open views across Guildford.

Why not explore our recently restored Japanese garden or cool off on a hot day in the paddling pool? You can play minigolf, have fun in the playground or relax in our peaceful rose garden. There is something for everyone at Stoke Park.

Stoke Park Aerial View
Stoke Park Boating Lake& Kiosk

Opening hours

Stoke Park Gardens is open daily from 8am until dusk.


Nightingale Road


Blue badge holders are exempt from parking conditions at Nightingale road and Lido road car parks.
For more information on parking please see our car parks page.

Car Park Information and Charges

Guildford College student car park, Stoke Road.

Located off the Recreation road round-about.

  • Weekdays after 6pm only - free
  • All day weekends and college holidays - free

College car park enquiries should be directed to Guildford College

Nightingale Road car park, (GU1 1ER)

Lido Road car park, (GU1 1HB)
  • 4 hours free parking between 6am-6pm 
  • 4-7 Hours - £5
  • 7+  Hours - £9

A ticket still needs to be displayed for a stay of 4 hours or less

Burchatt's Farm car park, London Road (GU1 1TU)Free parking at all times


A Green Flag park

Green Flag Award Logo

Stoke park is Green Flag award winner. The awards scheme is the national benchmark standard. It recognises well managed parks and green spaces. To win, parks must meet high standards and have excellent facilities. For further information, and to find other Green Flag parks and open spaces, visit the Green Flag Award website.

Things to see and do at Stoke Park


The children's playground is home to the iconic helter skelter and legendary stoke park crocodile. You'll also find adult and junior swings, multi play units and a see saw.

Stoke Park Playground Aerial
Stoke Park Playground - Ground Level

Paddling pool

Paddling pool update 17 August: We're sorry we have to close the paddling pool today, the pump is broken. Do not attempt to enter the water. We are looking to fix this as soon as possible and we will keep you updated. 

Paddling Pool Sprinklers
Stoke Park Paddling Pool

Skate Park 

  • free to skate
  • located behind Guildford College in Stoke Park, Lido Road, GU1 1HB

Stoke Park Skate Park
Stoke Park Skatepark

Mini golf 

Mini golf is open daily from Saturday 23 July until Sunday 4 September. 10am until 5pm (last admission).

  • located in Stoke Park gardens
  • advanced booking not required
  • we only accept card payments
  • mini golf will be closed in bad weather
(up to 2 adults and 3 under 18s) 


Contact the Ranger team on 07880 784 947 with any enquiries.

Mini Golf Aerial
Mini Golf - Hole 3

Fitness trail

  • a series of wooden exercise equipment
  • each item has a sign explaining how it can be used
  • free to use on a first come, first served basis

Stoke Park Fitness Trail
Stoke Park Sit up

Stoke Park kiosks

There are 2 kiosks in Stoke Park gardens serving a range of refreshing food, drinks and ice cream. 

  • the main kiosk is located next to the boating lake with outdoor seating
  • smaller ice cream kiosk next to the paddling pool

The kiosks are independently run. For more information please visit the Stoke Park kiosk facebook page

Stoke park Kiosk
Stoke park Kiosk Ice Cream

Model boating pond 

  • free to sail model boats
  • located in Stoke Park gardens

Stoke Park Boating Lake& Kiosk
Stoke Park Boating Lake

Visitor Point

Open at weekends 10am - 4:30pm

The visitor point is located at Stoke Park gardens, here you can:

  • find out information 
  • buy mini golf tickets
  • buy swim nappies

We only accept card payments.


  • public toilets in Stoke Park gardens
  • disabled toilet in Stoke Park gardens
  • pavilion with changing rooms and toilets (available to sports hirers only)

Sports facilities

 All sports facilities at Stoke Park are available to hire.

These details may change subject to demand.

Tennis and netball courts

  • located in Stoke Park gardens
  • three tennis courts
  • tennis / netball court

Book a tennis or netball court

Stoke Park Tennis


  • four full size (11-a side) grass football pitches
  • two (9-a-side) grass football pitches
  • junior (7-a-side) grass football pitch

Book a football pitch

Stoke Park Football


  • three full size rugby pitches 

Book a rugby pitch

Stoke Park Pitches


  • two cricket pitches

Book a cricket pitch


  • three lacrosse pitches

Book a lacrosse pitch

Stoke Park Lacrosse


  • six rounders pitches

Book a rounders pitch

Athletics track

  • 400m athletics track 

Book the athletics track

Stoke Park Athletics

Table tennis table

  • £1 per 30 minutes
  • located at Stoke Park gardens
  • tickets available from the visitor point in Stoke Park


Stoke park has hosted a wide variety of events. From large scale national events to small community fetes. Recent events have included music concerts, food festivals, outdoor cinemas and sponsored walks. Stoke park hosts regular fitness classes and the Guildford park run.

Book Stoke Park for an event or fitness class

Stoke Park Event
Stoke Park Event

If you want to know what events are taking place, see what's on in Guildford.

Friends of Stoke Park

What is a friends group?

The friends group is a collection of people who value their local parks and open spaces. They want to enhance their local parks to meet the needs of the local community. The group is a strong link between the council and residents. It's a way for residents to share their views and ideas about the future of the park. This will help inform the council about local needs.

What can friends groups do?

  • discuss views and concerns about the park
  • raise issues about maintenance or improvements 
  • produce leaflets, newsletters or a history of the park pamphlet
  • set up a website or social media page about your park and the friends' activities
  • organise events such as bulb and tree planting, clear-up days or picnics
  • apply for grants for some of the things above

If you would like to join the friends of Stoke Park email list, please email