Parks and Open Spaces


Royston’s green open spaces are there to be explored!

Our rural location means that there are many footpaths around the town, and both the Icknield Way and Hertfordshire Way cross through Royston.

Enjoy the open views from Therfield Heath, and the woods and woodland paths at Fox Covert, managed by The Wildlife Trust.

Within the town itself, relax in the green open spaces of the award winning Priory Memorial Gardens, which include a Splash Park and Recreation area for children.  In fact, there are 12 recreation grounds around the town for families to explore.

Royston also boasts an allotment site with 125 allotments, and a BMX track which is recognised as one of the top tracks in the region.


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Royston Town Council manage the allotment site based at Coombes Hole, just off Green Street in Royston. Allotments are a valuable green sustainable open space within the urban environment, and ours is no exception. They contribute to the retention of traditional skills and wisdom as well as being highly beneficial to the wildlife of the area.

Parks and Recreation Grounds

Royston has 12 play parks for children. Some of the larger parks are worth bringing along a picnic and settling in for the day, whilst others are more suited to a quick drop in on the way home.

Priory Memorial Gardens

Royston’s well landscaped Priory Memorial Gardens have been awarded multiple Green Flag awards for their excellent use of green space.  The gardens themselves are a delight, with seasonal displays of perennials, mature woodland and bedding plants, making this an attractive place to walk through or to sit and watch the world go by.

Royston BMX track

Royston’s BMX track is situated in Burns Road, Royston, on land owned by the North Herts District Council . It belongs to the Royston BMX Club and is open for public use at all times that the club is not using it.

Royston Splash Park

A brand new Splash Park aimed at young children and their families opened in Royston’s Priory Memorial Gardens in the summer of 2016.


Royston’s commemorative sculpture sits at the head of the Coombes Hole underpass, which links Melbourn Road with the Burns Road estate.

Three life-sized steel sculptures of local characters depict a town crier hailing the news, King James I holding a Royston Crow, and classical BRIT award winner trumpeter Alison Balsom, who grew up in the town and attended Royston’s local schools.

Therfield Heath

Explore the open views from Therfield Heath, with its woodland footpaths, the rare pasque flower and chalk tracks. Therfield Heath is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and local nature reserve, known locally as Royston Heath.

Wildlife Trust Woodland – Fox Covert/Jubilee Woods

Fox Covert, or Jubilee Woods as it is known locally, is based on Therfield Road, just south of the A505 at Royston. The 2.90 hectare site is accessible at all times. It’s of quite recent origin, being planted in the late nineteenth century with beech.

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