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Lily Hill Park

Lily Hill entrance
Lily Hill Park is a Green Flag awarded 23-hectare public open space, located near Bracknell town centre and Ascot, with excellent road and rail links to London.

There are 56 acres of restored heritage parkland and gardens for you to explore and enjoy, with an extensive network of restored surfaced pathways allowing easy access to all areas of the park.

Take a step back in time and enjoy the grand views and attractive features of Lily Hill Park that were experienced by Victorian ladies and gentlemen some 160 years ago.

Facilities

Lily Hill Park has:

  • historic parkland - an original yew walk, traditional orchard and mighty Wellingtonia at Forester’s Hill
  • woodland - fine stands of beech trees and oaks to the east and a rare collection of hardy hybrid rhododendrons and azaleas in Starch Copse to the west
  • formal gardens - an Edwardian water garden, a pond and a ‘ha ha’ sunken fence lie to the west
  • England's longest picnic bench (carved from a single piece of wood)
  • key features including a Green Man sculpture welcoming you to the park and a story-telling throne where visitors can capture snapshots of their day-to-day lives
Bridge and boardwalk

Lily Hill Park is a popular location for filming and photographer, with filming having taken place in the community orchard on the picnic bench and along the main driveway.

A park lodge is available for hire for training purposes or as a film venue.

Small, old house

How to get to Lily Hill Park

By car

You can drive to:

  • Lily Hill Road, Bracknell, RG12 2RX, north of the park
  • Lily Hill Drive, Bracknell, RG12 2UJ, south west of the park

By bus

Several bus stops are located near the park. Go to the Traveline website for timetable information.

By bike

Accessible via the cycleway near Lily Hill Lodge on London Road or via the principle car park to the north of the park, off Lily Hill Road.

By foot

There are 11 pedestrian access points located around the perimeter, leading off London Road, Lily Hill Road, Lily Hill Drive and Arden Close.

By train

The nearest train station is Martin’s Heron (postcode RG12 9YY) which is a 10 minute walk away. This is the main line between Reading and London Waterloo.

Park management

Green Flag award logo
There is a park management plan in place.

Bracknell Development Corporation purchased the estate in 1955. The house and its immediate garden were subsequently sold, while the park was transferred to the ownership of Bracknell Forest Borough Council in 1983. The house has been restored and is currently in private commercial ownership.

In the 1990s locals successfully fought off a bid to build residential houses on the lawns of the building and in 2001 Bracknell Forest Council used a Heritage Lottery Fund grant to restore some of the key Victorian features including the drive, historic footpaths and re-planting an orchard.

Today, Lily Hill Park is a popular spot for a quiet stroll and there are many events and activities that take place throughout the year. Popular annual events include heritage park tours, fungal forays, orienteering events, wildlife walks and a wassail in the community orchard during January.

For more information about our events and activities, please take a look at the on-site noticeboards, or see our events programme.

Wildlife

Lily Hill Park is carefully managed to provide a diverse range of habitats for birds, bats, insects, wild flowers, grasslands and trees. Interesting species observed at the park include:

  • birds such as bullfinch, tree creeper and goldcrest
  • bats from at least 6 species including long-eared, noctule and pipestrelle
  • wildflowers such as ragged robin and common spotted orchids

Park guide

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