Hardwick Heath

This is a large park of about 55 acres outside Bury St Edmunds town centre. A favourite with our four legged friends and their owners as dogs are allowed off lead.


Automatic opening and closing gate to car park
Daily 7am to 9pm April to September
Daily 7am to 6pm October to March


Free to enjoy (you will need to pay for parking if you need it)


Hardwick Lane
Bury St Edmunds
IP33 2QZ


Hardwick Heath map


  • children's play area
  • football pitches and changing rooms, to book pitches visit Abbeycroft Leisure, sports pitches or phone Abbeycroft Leisure on 01284 753496
  • picnic area
  • toilets


  • fishing - you will need a permit to fish at the pond, visit our fishing page for details.

Park regulations

The following regulations are in place for your safety and to protect the environment, please abide by them:

  • no golf or hardball games
  • no unauthorised vehicles
  • do not pick the flowers
  • do not disturb wildlife
  • dogs must be under control at all times
  • no dog fouling
  • no fires
  • no camping
  • no swimming or paddling
  • pick up your litter


Benches and trees dedicated to a loved one are available to purchase at Hardwick Heath.

All dedication options are subject to availability and are offered for a 10-year period in the first instance starting from the date of installation and include a plaque for your dedication. 

Dedications are ordered and installed twice a year, in Spring and Autumn, please contact the Parks department at any time for a price list and to be added to the waiting list.

Events and group visits

To host an event or hire our parks for a group visit, please visit West Suffolk Parks, outdoor spaces and venues for more details.

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