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 1860's 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 July 2017 Hull City Council, as the Pearson Park Trust, was successful in securing a £3 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund which has been used on a huge conservation project to refurbish many iconic sections of the park including the Archway, Bandstand and Victorian Conservatory. To find out more about the project, visit the Pearson Park NLHF page here.
Enjoy the Playground at Pearson Park
Across the carriageway from the lake is a wonderful play area for children to enjoy at Pearson Park. Now fully open following the completion of the conservation works in the park, the play area is open for children and families to enjoy while being close to some of the parks other amenities. To find out more about what equipment can be found in the play area and our recent COVID playground guidance, visit our Playgrounds and Play Areas page here.
Get Active at Pearson Park
Not only is Pearson Park one of our most beautiful parks in the city, but it is also a great location to get active. With an outdoor gym on the park grounds, as well as the paths and carriage road acting as simple routes for jogging and running, Pearson Park meets all of your fitness needs helping you to stay active and stay healthy while enjoying the outdoors.
Find out more about our outdoor gyms and other sports activities by visiting our Outdoor Sports Activities page here.
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.
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.