No BBQs or fires in parks and open spaces
As we continue to experience hot, dry weather conditions, we’re reminding residents and visitors that BBQs and campfires are not permitted in any of our parks, open spaces or nature reserves, due to the risk of causing an accidental fire which could destroy wildlife, landscapes and be a danger to people and property.
Relaxing countryside close to Warwick town centre
- Opening hours: Open all day, every day
- Postcode: CV34 4JS. Map below.
- Parking: Town centre car parking including The Butts and Priory Road
Opened in 1953, Priory Park is named after the Priory of St Sepulchre which was built on the site in the 12th Century. After the dissolution of the monasteries, a large stately home called ‘The Priory’ was constructed. It sat in forty acres of parkland until the 1920s, when it was shipped to Virginia, USA. Little evidence of the building remains above ground today but the park is a Scheduled Ancient Monument because of its fascinating history.
Today, Priory Park offers natural open space with meadow and woodland walks; perfect for getting away from it all. The park has a number of specimen trees, including oaks that are hundreds of years old. It is rich in flora and fauna and is managed for its wildlife and biodiversity.
What to see and do
- Relaxing walks through woodland and meadow
- Watch wildlife - rabbits, buzzards and more
- Learn about Priory Park’s history and trees on our self-guided trail
Park Exercise Permit
Organisations that are using the District’s parks and open spaces to provide group fitness activities are required to apply for a permit from the Council.
Tree works will take place in Priory Park from January 2018. These will include the removal of dead and dying trees, pruning and lifting canopies, and the removal of poor tree specimens. The works will allow the remaining trees to grow to their full potential. Work near the County Records Office will separate trees from the building and remove poor tree specimens. The tree works are supported by Warwick Tree Wardens and the Friends of Priory Park.
How to get there
- Bike – a cycle path runs through adjacent Priory Pools open space and along the north-western edge of Priory Park to Cape Road
- Bus routes
- Rail – five-minute walk from Warwick station to entrance on Coventry Road
- Walk – pedestrian entrances on Cape Road, Priory Road, Coventry Road and via Priory Pools open space.
- St Nicholas Park
- St John's House Museum
- Town Centre – markets, County Museum, St Mary’s Church, antique shops, gardens.