Pearson Park, between Princes Avenue and Beverley Road, still resonates with Victorian grandeur and features an excellent play area and a conservatory greenhouse.
Pearson Park was established in the early 1860s when Zachariah Pearson, then Mayor of Hull, gifted an area of land off Beverley Road to the local Board of Health. As the first public park in Hull, Pearson Park is a key part of the city's heritage and still retains many of its historic features including the original perimeter carriage drive, a serpentine lake and seven Grade 2 listed structures.
The acclaimed poet Philip Larkin lived in a house overlooking Pearson Park from 1956 - 1974. Larkin was heavily influenced by the city and on an autumn afternoon in the park you can experience something of the particular atmosphere that pervades much of his work.
In June 2007 Hull City Council, as the Pearson Park Trust, was successful in securing a £3 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Parks for People National Lottery grant scheme funds projects that aim to conserve and raise awareness of the special heritage of historic parks, whilst also supporting the greater involvement local communities within parks activities.
How to find Pearson Park
Pearson Park lies about one mile northwest of the city centre.
Access to the park is level and pathways are level throughout the park. The Victorian Conservatory is accessed via a moderate ramp.
Assistance dogs are welcome.
There is a toilet block next to the cafe with male, female and disabled toilets. There is also a toilet block with disabled and children's toilets in the children's playground.
Refreshments are available from Penne's Cafe.