Cobtree Manor Park

Type:Country / Royal Park

Forstal Road, Maidstone, Kent, ME20 7AG

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Cobtree Manor Park has over 50 acres of parkland displaying a diverse and maturing collection of trees and shrubs. Standing on the site of the old Maidstone Zoo, the park features a themed play area, along with a sculpture trail, plenty of space for picnics, and a café serving hot and cold food and drinks. 

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Visitor Information

The main park gates open at 7.00am every day with the exception of Christmas Day when the car park is closed. Pedestrian access is open all year round.


A speed restriction of 5mph operates in the park. Please note there is a 2m (6’6) height restriction.
There is a daily £2 parking charge per vehicle for use of the car park.
An Annual Parking Permit is available to anyone for £50 per year. If you'd like to apply for a permit, you'll need to do so 10 days before you'd like the permit to start.
Your season ticket can only be used:
In the pay and display car park within Cobtree Manor Park 
between the hours of 7am and 9pm when the park is open (please check park notice boards for opening hours). Your season ticket can not be used:

  • In Mote Park car parks
  • In any other of Maidstone's pay and display car parks
  • In Kent Country Parks

 The Annual Car Park Pass can be purchased online only at
There are 9 disabled parking bays and Blue Badge holders and do not have to pay the parking charge.
All of the money raised from parking charges will be used to help maintain the park.


An accessible disabled toilet and baby changing facilities are available in the visitor centre.The toilets are stocked and maintained by Cobtree Cafe Ltd not the Cobtree Park team. If you have any queries or problems  concerning the toilet facilities, please contact them on t:01622 239989 
Toilet opening times: toilets open daily from 08:30 until 1 hour before dusk.


Cobtree Manor Park is very popular with dog walkers.
It is your responsibility to keep your dog under control and to clean up after it: you are breaking the law if you do not do so.
Please keep your dog in sight and be in full control of it at all times and keep any dog whose obedience cannot be guaranteed on a lead. 


Cycling is allowed in the park, but we ask all cyclists to be considerate and safe.


We welcome informal picnics in the Cobtree Manor Park.
If you are holding an organised event (for gatherings larger than the maximum number of 20) please contact us to discuss location and fees.
If you wish to hold a charity picnic and make any collections of money you must apply for permission first.
Barbecues, or any form of cooking are not permitted in any area of the park. The café in the park sells a selection of hot and cold food.
Erecting tents, marquees, or other structures, or any equipment that is likely to obstruct other park users is not permitted.
Glass – please use reusable plastic cups and bottles where possible.


Smoking is allowed in the park but not in the play fort or on the patio around the visitor centre. Please dispose of cigarette butts in a cigarette bin as they are still litter!


There is a fully accessible disabled toilet. The café and visitor centre are accessible for wheelchair users.
The main vehicle entrance to the park is protected by a 2m (6’6) height barrier. 
The terrain of the park is hilly and through the woodland areas there are uneven paths that can become muddy and slippery.
There is a circuit of wide footpaths that take visitors around the sculpture trail and areas of the arboretum.

Children's Play Park
​​​​​​Maidstone Zoo Play Park

The Maidstone Zoo themed fort and play area was completed in 2012 and features a large adventure play fort with climbing, rope bridges and slides. Swings including toddler swings and a disabled accessible swing (a harness is available in the Visitor Centre).

Further play equipment including a ‘dragon’ swing and double zip wire are spread around the lower area of the park.

Natural play is encouraged. There are lots of logs to balance on along the woodland walk and ‘eeyore houses’ are easily constructed from the dead wood found around the playground - please do not break or damage any living parts of the trees or shrubs though.


Visitor Centre Café 

The Sir Garrard Tyrwhitt-Drake Visitor Centre was completed in July 2015 and officially opened by Christopher Biggins on 19th October 2015.

The centre features interpretation panels telling the story of the zoo and the park and stocks visitor information and leaflets. The café serves a range of hot and cold food, drinks, snacks and ice creams. Phone 01622 239989

Opening Hours:

Monday-Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm

Saturday and Sunday 8:30am - 5:00pm


When the park was being planted in 1980-1, the vision was to create ‘another Kew Gardens’. Nearly 600 different species and cultivars of trees and shrubs were planted. Many of the shrubs have since died but most of the trees have survived to form a maturing arboretum of about 160 species (220 different trees including varieties).

The self-guided tree trail takes about an hour to walk.




For more information about Cobtree Manor Park and its history

Click here for History of Cobtree Manor Park and Cobtree Manor Charity Trust

Routes, Trails and Sculptures

In 2012, local sculptor Jason Mulligan was commissioned to produce The Trails with Tails stone sculpture Trail. It tells the story of the history of the park and hints at the travels of Sir Garrard’s menagerie in four sculptures:

  • Trails with Tails
  • Zebra Rock
  • Life of a Leaf
  • Seed Stack

A stone lion stands near the entrance to the woodland.

Stone leaf sculptureThe Zebra SculptureThe Seed Stack

A wooden sculpture, The Seven Ages by Will Glanville was relocated to Cobtree in 2010.

The Seven Ages

A memorial gateway to Sir Garrard and Lady Edna was commissioned by the Cobtree Charity Trustees in the early 1990s which form the main entrance into the parkland area.


Horse Walking

A signed horse riding route runs through the park

Run England Route

There is a signed 5k run around the park.

Park Management

The park is run by the Cobtree Team, Maidstone Borough Council.

The park was first awarded the prestigious Green Flag in 2014 and has retained it annually since then.






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Wednesday, 15th December 2021 - Friday, 31st December 2021

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  • Family Fun
  • Groups Accepted
  • On-Site café/restaurant
  • Outdoor Attraction
  • Picnic Site

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking

Provider Preferences

  • In countryside



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    Recent Reviews:

    • Karen S
      Trip Type:
      Lovely park but bring your own food!
      3 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 9th May 2021
      This is a great park to wander around with the kids and dogs, however my experience is always ruined if I try to use the cafe. It is understaffed and run by young and inexperienced staff, queues are... Read full review
      London, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Absolutely Fantastic
      5 of 5 stars
      Monday, 24th May 2021
      Park 5 star review Cafe not good horendous actually It also has a 2 star food hygiene award this is being displayed incorrectly Read full review
    • LeanneR102
      Sidcup, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Brilliant park
      4 of 5 stars
      Monday, 9th August 2021
      Lovely sized car park and no issue parking. Only £2 to park all day. Used the toilets first and unfortunately they had no soap in any of the dispensers which I think is really bad. Anyway, play park... Read full review

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    Opening Times

    Open New Year
    Opening 2021 (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)

    * Closing Times:

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