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Visitor information

Find all the information you'll need to enjoy your visit to Chester-le-Street Riverside Park .

What's available

See what's available at Chester-le-Street Riverside Park

Play area 

The play area covers an area of approximately 5,000 square metres and is suitable for all children, from toddlers to children in their teens. Its central feature is a 16 foot castle, inspired by the nearby Lumley Castle which overlooks the park.

Please note, although the play area is a safe environment, children must be supervised at all times.

Splash pad

The splash pad is a state of the art play facility which is free to use and suitable for families from toddlers to early teens. It is the only splash pad in County Durham and replaces the old paddling pool.

Park centre

The Park Centre includes a kiosk selling drinks and snacks every day during the summer and at weekends throughout the year.

Chester-le-Street Bowling Club

The park centre is home to Chester-le-Street Bowling club, which is always keen to welcome newcomers to the game. The greens are open to the public throughout the summer months.

The gardens

Walk around our beautiful gardens, near the park centre.Each area reflects a different star or planet.

Riverside walk

Walk along the River Wear, stop for a picnic at one of the seats along the way, or head for the wildlife area with the pond and grassland meadow.

Opening times

Find out when the park is open.

You can drive into the park car park at any time, and there is 24 hour access to the park.

Play area

The play area is open at all times.

Splash pad

The Splash pad is now open until 10 September 2017. Opening days and times are:

  • Weekends, and school holidays* from 10.00am to 6.00pm
  • Throughout June, pre-school sessions every Monday and Friday, from 11.00am to 3.00pm

* From 29 May to Friday 4 June (half term) and from 3 July to 10 September 2017.

Park centre

The park centre includes a kiosk selling drinks and snacks every day during the summer and at weekends throughout the year. Opening times vary:

DateWeekend opening timesWeekday opening times
1 October to 31 March10.00am to 4.00pmClosed
1 April to 30 September10.00am to 7.00pm10.00am to 4.00pm


Toilets are located in the park centre, and include a disabled toilet and baby change facilities. They are open every day but times vary:

DateWeekend opening timesWeekday opening times
1 October to 31 March8.00am to 4.00pm8.00am to 3.00pm
1 April to 30 September8.00am to 7.00pm8.00am to 6.30pm


The gardens are open at all times.

How to get there

Directions to visit the park.

Riverside Park is situated just off the A1, close to Durham County Cricket Ground. It's approximately a 15 to 20 minute walk from Chester-le-Street town centre. 

Address for satnav


Car parking

Parking prices and times you can park.

There's approximately 600 parking spaces, including blue badge holder bays at and next to the park.This includes additional parking, opposite Durham County Cricket Club, and at Riverside Leisure Complex.

The car parks are open 24 hours a day. Car park charges are:

  • 80 pence for up to one hour
  • £1.20 for up to two hours
  • £2.00 for up to four hours
  • £3.10 for up to six hours
  • £4.20 for over six hours

Disabled access

Find out what disabled access there is in the park.

There are a number of accessible parking bays at the park. The park centre is fully accessible for people with disabilities, and the paths around the park are accessible to visitors of all abilities.

Other information

Other information about the park.

Riverside Park has been awarded a Green Flag Award. These awards recognise well managed parks and open spaces for all to enjoy. The Green Flag Awards are the benchmark national standard for parks and green spaces in the UK.


Riverside Park welcomes responsible dog owners and their dogs. Dogs are allowed off their lead along the riverside walk areas, but they must be on a lead in the gardens.

The Public Space Protection Order authorises officers to enforce against owners who do not have their dog on a lead in specified areas. A designated dog exercise area is available and dogs can be exercised off their leads in this area.

Dogs, even on a lead, are not allowed in the children's fenced off play area.

The river

Do not enter the river. It can look inviting but several people have drowned in recent years. In an emergency, lifebelts are located along the riverbank.