Gheluvelt Park is a memorial park built in honour of those lost in the First World War. It straddles Barbourne Brook and has two distinct areas - a formal park to the east, and an informal area managed for wildlife conservation to the west, next to the River Severn.

Park access

Pedestrian entrances on Barbourne Road, Lavender Road, Tower Road, Waterworks Road and Barbourne Lane. National Cycle Route 46 passes through the park from Waterworks Road to Tower Road. Disabled parking at the Pump House Environment Centre on Waterworks Road. Bus stop on Barbourne Road, ask for Gheluvelt Park.

Dogs: Well behaved dogs welcome. Dogs must be on a lead in the formal park east of Barbourne Brook, and are not allowed on the Splashpad. Please clean up after your dog using the bins provided.

Opening times

  • Formal Park: Open dawn till dusk
    (from Barbourne Road to foot bridge crossing Barbourne Brook by tennis courts)
  • Riverside Conservation Park: Open 24 hrs 
    (from bridge crossing Barbourne Brook by tennis courts to the Pump House Environment Centre)


The majority of paths are surfaced and wheelchair accessible, disabled parking and toilets available at the Pump House Environment Centre (open 10am - 5pm summer, 10am - 4pm winter)


There is free parking in Waterworks Road car park.  Disabled parking is available at the Pump House Environment Centre, Waterworks Road.

Cycle racks

Cycle racks are available in the park, please see the site map below to locate them.

Site map of Gheluvelt Park

The park is located in Worcester, along the A449 (Barbourne Road) and stretches across to the River Severn.

Gheluvelt Park site map

Park facilities

Gheluvelt Splashpad

Gheluvelt Park

This popular water play feature for toddlers to early teens. It can be found in the formal park area.

Splashpad opening times


Opening Times

15 April to 21 July 11:00 - 16:00

22 July to 4 Sept

11:00 - 18:00

5 - 30 Sept 11:00 - 16:00
October - March CLOSED

Please note that these times are subject to change depending on circumstances, e.g. hot weather.

Parking is very limited at this end of the park. Please be considerate to local residents by using the free car park on Waterworks Road

Play area

The playground has separate areas for younger and older children, so that little ones can play safely and older children can be more adventurous without the danger of hurting their younger companions. Parents are well catered for too, with seating and a gazebo to provide shelter. The multi-age facility uses the very latest play technology and floor surfaces, giving a truly 21st-century play experience.


Toilets and baby changing facilities are located next to the play area near Barbourne Road, and at the Pump House on Waterworks Road during opening times.

Cafe at Pump house Environment Centre

The Pump House Environment Centre is owned and managed by the Duckworth Worcestershire Trust. The Pump House Cafe is situated in the Environment Centre and serves hot and cold drinks plus soup, teacakes, toast and locally produced cakes. Seating is available inside and also in the south facing garden. There is disabled access from the Gheluvelt Park entrance and disabled toilets.  Please see their website for further details.

Tennis courts

Two new state-of-the-art tennis courts are available to book and coaching lessons for children and adults are also available. Book your session.


Gheluvelt Park Bandstand

Throughout the summer bands regularly perform on the bandstand.

Outdoor gym equipment

Outdoor gym equipment are arranged in a circuit around the perimeter to the west of the park.

  • Leg Press
  • Space Walker
  • Sit Up benches
  • Surfer
  • Pull Down Exerciser
  • Chest Press
  • Triple Pull Up

Outdoor table tennis

There are two outdoor table tennis tables available in the park and are available when the park is open. The tables are free to use, however you will need to bring your own bats and balls.

Gheluvelt Sons of Rest Building

The Sons of Rest building is located near the Splashpad and is available for hire, if you would like to hire the building please complete the parks event enquiry form or telephone our customer service centre on 01905 722233. Rooms must be cleaned after use, full Terms & Conditions will be sent upon application.

Description Price (£)
Events including parties (charge per hour)** 30.00
Events day rate** 145.00

**50% reduction for charitable organisations who benefit the City.
There is an additional charge for bookings outside of core staff hours of £25 per booking to cover staff call out costs. 

Further information


Formal and informal planting, Barbourne Brook, Pond, Mature trees, Native tree planting, Hedges, Wildflower grassland, Amenity grassland.

Notable Wildlife

  • Mute Swan
  • Mallard
  • Kingfisher
  • Grey Squirrels
  • Bats

The Friends of Gheluvelt Park

Gheluvelt Park Friends was formed in 2003 to work with Worcester City Council, the Duckworth Trust, local Residents Associations and others to develop and increase the use of Gheluvelt Park and the Duckworth Environmental Centre. During this time membership has increased to more than 500, run by a committee of 8, representing 4000 local Barbourne residents and many more from outlying areas.

Membership is open to anyone. There are no fees and we issue three or four free newsletters per year, either by email, local delivery in the Barbourne area, or collection from the Pumphouse Environmental centre. We would be delighted if you decide to get involved in our activities, but there is no commitment. Merely by being a registered member you help the committee raise funds for park activities.