Bramley Park is a fabulous community park bursting with things to do and see for all the family.
In addition to the luscious open parkland which offers beautiful views of the city at sunset there is a bowling green, sports courts, childrens play area, a rose garden and a war memorial to explore.
Home to the popular Bramley Festival, Bramley Park Bonfire and Bramley Park Run, the park is the perfect place to get involved with your local community, keep active and enjoy the beauty of nature.
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Things to Note
Bramley Park has the following on-site or nearby:
- Dog Waste Bins
- Nearby Food & Drink
- Nearby Parking
- Nearby Shops
- Nearby Toilets
- Pushchair Access
- Rubbish Bins
- Wheelchair Access
Bramley Park is a large community park managed by Leeds City Council, located 4 miles West of the City Centre. Hosting annual community events the park has thousands of visitors throughout the year. Set on a hillside and backing on to Bramley Fall Woods and Leeds Liverpool Canal the park provides stunning views of the surrounding countryside.
Things to Do
Bramley Park is a fabulous space to immerse yourself in outdoor sports.
There are 3 adult sized grass football pitches with fixed goal posts. The Sunday men’s football team ‘Bramley Lions’ play their games at Bramley Park.
There is a marked basketball court with nets. It is a part of the concrete MUGA: multi-use-game-area. This is located to the eastern side of the park next to the tennis court.
Multi-Use Games Area
Sometimes know as a ‘ball cage’ or ‘sports court’. The best bit about this kind of space is the game playing versatility. Basketball, football, hockey, netball, and volleyball can all be played on the court if the appropriate floor markings are there.
Crown Green bowling is played at Bramley Park. The bowls green is located at the edge of the northern end of the park, near the Church of Nazarene.
Bramley Park has a single tennis court that was last refurbished in 2018. Anyone can use the court and there is no requirement to book in advance. It’s a walk on and play setup. Simply wait your turn if it’s already in use.
Head down to the park on a Saturday morning at 9:30 to take part in the Bramley parkrun, a 5km run around Bramley Park where it’s you against the clock. Walk, jog, run, bring the dog, push the little one in the pram, it’s up to you how you complete it.
A great way to keep fit, get out in the fresh air, challenge yourself and enjoy the community vibe. After your run head over to the The Old Unicorn to refuel and natter with fellow runners.
If the course is too long for little legs or the children are keen runners why not bring them down on a Sunday morning at 9am to take part in Junior parkrun a 2km run for 4-14 year olds.
Maybe you are looking for something a bit longer than 5k? There is a brilliant 13km run that passes Bramley Park, Rodley and Bramley.
The playground is located towards the Fairfield Hill end entrance. it contains slides, swings, see-saws, spinners and a climbing frame. There is some inclusive play equipment available within this.
Get involved in the fun community events
One of the great things that makes Bramley Park such a well loved space is the community events that are run throughout the year. Thousands of people visit for the annual Bonfire Night spectacular, which includes a large lit bonfire and firework display. The family friendly event, run by Leeds City Council is free to attend. Grab the family, wrap up warm and head down to Bramley Park to see the sky come alive with vibrant colour.
In the summer months, the park hosts the Bramley Park Festival, a fabulous community event. Featuring live music, a talent show, fairground attractions, bouncy castle, face painting and food and drinks vendors there is something for all the family to enjoy. An event not to be missed.
Bramley Park is a popular spot for dog walkers. Let your four legged friends stretch their legs and play fetch along the open field. Stop for a chat with other dog walkers on your adventures and take in the scenic views over the city. Cleaning up after your pooch is easy with lots of dog waste bins dotted about the park.
Pay your respects at the war memorial
Bramley Park features a war memorial which was erected in 2014 to remember the 755 fallen from Bramley, Rodley and Stanningley between 1900-2011. The site is a place of commemorations, hosting Remembrance Sunday, Armistice Days, VE Day and VJ Day events as well as family commemorations. You can find out more about the memorial at the Bramley War Memorial website.
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Like many of the suburbs of Leeds, Bramley has a rich historic past, first mentioned in the Doomsday book of 1086. During the medieval period the land in which the suburb of Bramley now sits was owned by Kirkstall Abbey and the monks founded a small chapel in Bramley dedicated to St Margaret. This was closed and demolished in 1861, due to being unfit for purpose and a new church dedicated to St Peter was built in 1863. The spire from the old church was kept and can be found on the site south from St Peter’s church.
Bramley had a population boom in the 19th Century due to the arrival of the Woollen textile industry and later the area became well known for cran building, quarrying, rhubarb growing and jam making.
From the 20th Century the landscape of Bramley dramatically changed with buildings falling victim to the air raid bombing in the Second World War and demolition in the 1960s and 70s. Town street was particularly affected with many historic industrial buildings eradicated to make way for the Bramley Shopping Centre. Remnants of the oldest surviving house can be found at 112 Lower Town Street, the grade II listed building has timber dating back to 1500.
Bramley is home to Bramley Baths, an Edwardian swimming pool built in 1904 and restored to its former glory. Housing a 25 metre pool, gymnasium and Russian steam room it is well worth a visit.
Did you know that Bramley Park has an underground reservoir at its highest point. The reservoir owned by Yorkshire water was revamped in 2013 and holds 16 million litres of treated water. That’s enough water to fill more than 6 Olympic size swimming pools!
Bramley Park War Memorial
Bramley War Memorial (which lists 755 men and 1 woman) was unveiled on August 4th 2014, the century of Britain entering World War One. The most recent name is that of Sheldon Steel who died in Afghanistan in November 2011.
There is a memorial stone dedicated to Fred McNess, the only person from West Leeds who was awarded the Victoria Cross. Also inscribed is the grandfather of the late David Bowie, Robert Haywood Jones killed in 1916.
For more information on the memorial visit bramleywarmemorial.com.
There are no toilet facilities at Bramley Park. Public toilets can be found on Town Street near the bus station and Bramley Shopping centre.
Litter and dog waste bins are dotted throughout the park
Just an eight minute drive from Bramley Park, you will find Bramley Shopping Centre Plaza (LS13 2ET) where you will find a whole host of shops and eateries including Tescos, Greggs, Pizza Hut, Costa Coffee, Boots, Poundstretcher and a host of charity shops.
Food and Drink
With lots of picnic benches dotted throughout the park, Bramley Park is a lovely place to have a picnic and look out on the scenic views across the city.
If you head a short distance to Town Street you will find Bramley heaving with pubs and places to eat. A firm favourite is The Old Unicorn a popular Wetherspoons pub situated in an old stone brick building dated 1877. Head down and enjoy the beer garden, proper pub grub and a large selection of beverages.
Don’t fancy making dinner after your park adventure? Why not stop off at the Daisy Fisheries on Stanningley Road, which according to the locals serves up the best fish and chips in Leeds.
Bramley Park is accessible to all, with most paths throughout the park being wheelchair user and pushchair friendly. All entrances are accessible except the step-entrance on Westover Road.
There are no disabled toilets at the park. The children’s play area features some inclusive equipment which may be suitable for those with disabilities.
How to Get To Bramley Park
You can get to Bramley Park from Leeds City Centre by following the A647 or A65.
Travelling by bus? Take the number 14 (towards Pudsey) from Park Row (stop P4). Alight at Bramley Bus Point. The park is approximately 10 minute walk away.
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