About Campbell Park
Campbell Park resides in the heart of Milton Keynes and connects the city centre to the wider landscape and the expansive linear park network. Visitors can discover natural and man-made topography as well as public art, water features, the Grand Union Canal, a first-class cricket pitch, open-air auditorium and planting designed to encourage biodiversity. It is also home to The Parks Trust headquarters, our offices are located in The Pavilion and overlook the cricket pitch.
The park boasts wild flower-rich meadows where sheep can be seen grazing at certain times of the year. Scale the belvedere during your visit to take fantastic pictures of the iconic Light Pyramid and enjoy views across North East Milton Keynes and Bedfordshire.
This area was awarded Grade II status by Historic England in August 2020 due to its historic interest and innovative architectural design. Campbell Park is one of the largest parks to be laid out in England in the 20th and 21st Century. The design takes on elements from the 18th and 19th Century and fuses them into a contemporary design fitting for our pioneering new city.
The original vision for Campbell Park was for it to be the cultural heart of the city, with sculptures sited in the park alongside art installations, performances and temporary shows. Today you can see eleven pieces of public art and sculpture within the park, and it is possible to tour around and view all the pieces in one go by following our walking route which you can view at the top of this page.
Campbell Park is home to the Milton Keynes Rose, a public space designed for commemoration, celebration and contemplation. Developed in partnership by The Parks Trust and the Cenotaph Trust, with support from Milton Keynes Council, the Milton Keynes Rose was created as a central civic space to host events significance and occasions of remembrance.
- The cricket pitch hosts a packed programme of competitive matches.
- There is an off-road cycle trail intended for all riders with Mountain (MTB), Cyclo-cross (CX) or Gravel bikes and has been created to not be too technical although there are some steep gradients with riders climbing to 85m per lap!
- The area is used as part of an orienteering course used by the South Midlands Orienteering Club.
- With wind almost guaranteed, the events plateau is a popular spot for kite-flying.
- The slopes of the belvedere are a favourite for sledging during winter!
You’ll be able to find free car parking at the below locations:
- Canalside car park, Silbury Boulevard at roundabout junction with Overgate. Click here for a What3Words location.
- Cricket Pavilion, Silbury Boulevard off Cricket Green roundabout. Click here for a What3Words location.
There are no public toilets in Campbell Park. The nearest facilities are in the city centre during shopping opening hours.
Please note, a height barrier is in operation at the Canalside car park, so it is unsuitable for large accessible vehicles.
The nearest cafés and restaurants are located in the city centre or at Willen Lake South.
There is a good network of all-weather paths but steep gradients throughout the park. The route to the open-air theatre area is grassed and may be difficult to access. Cattle grids and kissing gates operate in the formal planted sections of the park to keep livestock in designated areas. The cattle grids are covered when the sheep leave the park. The closest designated accessible parking is at the Cricket Pavilion car park (MK9 4AD).
Events taking place at Campbell Park
Find out more:
- Livestock GrazingThis park is used for sheep grazing during the winter months.
- The Grand Union CanalTake a journey along the canal which runs through Milton Keynes.
- Public ArtFind out more about the 11 pieces of public art you can find in the park.
- Milton Keynes RoseA public space designed for commemoration, celebration and contemplation.