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Priory Park

Priory Ruin

Priory Park is the closest park to Dudley town centre. It covers an area of 7.7 hectares (19 acres), and sits just 600m (5-minutes’ walk) from the centre of the town. DY1 4EU

The Park was opened in 1932. It retains most of its original features, plus a number of additions such as the pond and the multi-use games area. A number of exciting new facilities have been added during the restoration project, which was completed in 2013.

Heritage Lottery Funded restoration

The park restoration work was complete in 2013 and the pavilion building, including toilet facilities, are open to the public.

Dudley Council was awarded £1.8million by the Heritage Lottery Fund to restore Priory Park and its facilities and work began on the restoration in December 2012.

The main aim of the restoration was to conserve and enhance the historic landscape, create a park that meets modern-day visitors' needs, and provide a varied range of events and activities. For details of the plans for buildings, landscaping and facilities in the park, visit the restoration page.

What's On

New shrubs will be planted in the park

The park staff and volunteers provide a range of events and activities from pond dipping and guided walks to treasure hunts and craft activities.

May day event

Park Staff

Rangers Office: 01384 - 812474

Lee Fitzgerald – Horticultural trainer

Kevin Hill – Horticultural trades person

The staff are supported by Green Care apprentices and a number of gardening and events volunteers.

If you notice any problems in the park whether it be an incident, vandalism, litter, dog fouling or anything else which requires staff attention, please report to any member of staff on the park and it will be passed on to the correct person/ department to be dealt with. Alternatively you can call the park rangers on 01384 - 812474

In an emergency please call 999 - when a crime is in progress, someone suspected of a crime is nearby, when there is danger to life or when violence is being used or threatened. To contact the police for any other reason, call the local police on 101.

Health and Fitness for adults

Lap walking
Every Wednesday, 9.30am
Lap walking is designed for all levels of fitness, ages and abilities. You can walk at your own pace and by walking a circular route you can decide how many laps you do. As you get fitter you can build up your distance and monitor your fitness. Refreshments are available at the end of every session.

Priory Park mobile phone app

Priory Park now has it's own mobile phone app which includes:

- A GPS visitor map showing your location

- A GPS art trail

- A guide to the Priory

- Information about the park restoration including before and after photographs..

:: More information on Priory Park App.

 

After school and weekend activities

Dog Training

Saturday, 10am -12 midday - Contact Linda 07570 179528

Priory Park Facebook

For up to date news about the park and events information 'like' us on facebook.  

www.facebook.com/prioryparkdudley

Getting to Priory Park

Priory Park can be accessed easily by bus, with stops located close to the park entrances. Buses that stop at Priory Park are:

125, 126, 206, 207, 283, 525, 544, 58, 81, 82

Bus timetables, maps and service information is available through the Network West Midlands website.

Parking

General car parking is available along Priory Road with no time restrictions. Woodland Avenue, The Broadway, and Paganel Drive have a 1-hour time limit Monday-Friday and no time limit on Saturday and Sunday.

There are parking spaces only for cars displaying a disabled-persons badge in the car park that serves the register office at Priory Hall. Access to this car park is off Priory Road.

Accessibility

 

Priory Park is largely accessible for users of wheel chairs and pushchairs.

We want to make everyone feel welcome and able to enjoy Priory Park. We hope this information will offer you some advice and assistance to ensure you have an enjoyable time.

If you have an enquiry regarding any Disabled Access or Facilities issues at Priory Park, or have any suggestions or comments, then please contact us.

Car Parking

We currently have specially dedicated disabled car parking spaces within the Priory Hall car park. A gateway from the car park leads directly into the park.

Toilet Facilities

Accessible toilets are available in the park. The toilets are generally open from 9am-5pm, during the week. However, due to there being a limited number of staff on site, especially weekends,  toilets are now closed  at these times. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

The park is always looking for new volunteers should you wish to help keep these facilities open further or help out in the park in any other way. Please contact the park staff.

 

Park Layout and Ground Conditions

The path network within Priory Park is accessible throughout the year comprising tarmac and recently restored paved areas. The paths are wide and mostly flat with a few small gradients, there is alternate ramped access around any steps making all areas of the park accessible. All stepped areas have handrails installed. 

Community Groups 

Priory Park is an ideal location for looking at wildlife and enjoying the outdoors with a range of habitats including the lily pond, wooded areas and playing fields. The Park also has extensive recreational facilities, Tennis courts, basketball courts, cricket practise area, MUGA, five aside pitch and Bowling Green.

We have been joined by Girl Guides and Rainbow Guides and other youth organisations. If you are interested in what Priory Park can offer your group please contact the park staff. 

Big Lunch Picnic in the Park 2012

Friends of Priory Park

Established in 2002, this is a long-established and vital part of the community, running and organising many aspects of Park life. For more information, and to get involved, visit the Friends of Priory Park website.

Dudley Council worked with the Friends of Priory Park (FOPP) to develop the proposals

Priory Ruin line drawing

School Visits

Come and experience learning outside the classroom with an interesting, enjoyable session in your local park. The park is ideal for environmental education with a range of habitats including the pond, grassland and wooded areas.

The old Priory also makes Priory Park a great place to study local history and explore how this landscape has changed over time.

 

Contact Details

  • Name Parks Development Team
  • Address Directorate of the Urban Environment, Lister Road Depot, Lister Road, Dudley, west Midlands, DY2 8JW
  • Telephone 01384 816991
  • Opening Hours Monday to Friday, 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, Please note that the offices are closed at weekends and Bank Holidays