Town Centre Green Spaces

Bromley is fortunate in having three parks adjoining the High Street, but many shoppers are unaware that they could just walk 100 yards or less, and sit down in pleasant green-space. There is a large children’s sand pit, play equipment, skating park, tennis courts, and the unknown gem of the Palace Park with views of the Bishops Palace, a moat, ice house and rockeries. At Martin’s Hill there’s an impressive view to Crystal Palace and the war memorial. Queens Gardens hosts some cinema sessions in the summer.

These parks have an active Friends group:

Friends of Bromley Town Parks & Gardens dedicated to “Promoting Bromley’s green centre”

  • Church House and Library Gardens

    Library Gardens is the level park behind the Churchill Theatre; you then go down the slope to the integrated Church House Gardens. Originally they were the gardens to Neelgharies House. Part of this site, including the public conveniences (which the council has allowed to become derelict) will be sold to the Site G development. It…
  • Lord of the Manor’s Folly

    This fine Victorian folly stands in slightly overgrown landscaped grounds, at the entrance from Rafford Way.  The folly was Grade II listed by English Heritage in 1955 because: It is an intrinsically interesting mid-c19th folly, unusually employing Norman-style decoration to evoke the spirit of the former bishop’s palaceIt is probably by Pulhams, one of the…
  • yellow broom flowers with war memorial behind

    Martins Hill and the War Memorial

    Martins Hill and War Memorial. In the early years of the railway, the slopes were noted for the perfusion of broom, and made the hillside appear quite yellow from the train.
  • The Palace Park

    The grounds of the former Bishops Palace. There is a current proposal to strip the ‘Urban Open Space’ status from nearly a quarter of the grounds (including 2 buildings that Bromley Council have allowed to become in bad repair) so it can be sold for housing. The Park and palace grounds incorporate The Listed 18th…