Southampton Rocks

Palmerston Park

Parks & Walks

Palmerston Park is possibly the most seen of the central parks, being the only point where the parks actually meet Above Bar Street. This provides the clearest entrance into the parks for many new residents and visitors.

This picturesque park is densely planted, with mainly acidic-soil loving plants such as camellias, rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias and “witch hazels”. Due to this, it is a hugely popular place to walk and relax when in full bloom in the spring. Hydrangeas and various summer flowering bulbs extend the flowering season into the summer.

Further along into the gardens you can see the Viscount Palmerston Memorial; a statue of former Prime Minister the 3rd Viscount Palmerston. Made of white marble and granite, and standing seven feet high on its plinth, you can’t miss it. It was unveiled by the Earl of Caernarvon on 2 June 1869 four years after Palmerston’s death in 1865.

The rhododendron planting is continued along the long border on the eastern boundary, which forms the backdrop to the Bandstand.

Getting to Palmerston Park

If you are planning on getting to Palmerston Park by car, some nearby postcodes are SO14 7FH and SO14 1LL. The nearest car parks are on Trinity Road and Ascupart Street.

Palmerston Park is in central Southampton and is easy to get to by public transport with the nearest bus stop at the Civic Centre.

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