Irchester Country Park, Wellingborough

This former ironstone quarry has a wonderful children's play area as well as a network of long and short trails through 83 hectares of mixed woodland. The park is home to the Quarryman's Rest Cafe, Jungle Parc UK and the Irchester Narrow Gauge Railway museum.

Park Information

Superb children's play and activity areas supported by East Midlands Development Agency

Quarryman's Rest cafe open every day except Christmas Day

What you can do at the park;

Wander through the Woods - enjoy a stroll through mixed woodland along one of the many surfaced paths.

Listen out for wildlife - the "laugh" of the Green Woodpecker or the deep "caw" of the rook...

Enjoy lunch in one of our picnic areas or bring your own BBQ for use in our special designated BBQ area.

Look out for wildlife - hunt for the signs of the park's inhabitants from Muntjac Deer to Hedgehogs, Stoats and squirrels.

Make time for an adventure in the children's playground - the safe, enclosed area has equipment suitable for children up to 12 years old.

High ropes adventure trail. Visit the Jungle Parc website to book a place or for information

Dig deep - look for the clues to Irchester's quarrying past from the hills and dales or open gullet and quarry face to the quarry supervisor's office - now The Quarryman's Rest cafe.

Steam along to the free Irchester Narrow Gauge Railway Museum (only open on Sundays) Call (01234) 750469 or (01604) 675368 for more details.

Have a kick about - our open meadows, especially Royal Meadow, are ideal for ball games.

Navigate your way around the park - Orienteering Packs available.

Get involved

We manage Irchester Country Park for the benefit of both its wildlife and its human visitors. The Countryside Rangers and our many volunteers are constantly striving to develop and enhance facilities at the park.

We need your help to continue this work – why not join our team of volunteers?

Ironstone narrow gauge Railway museum;

Located within the park, there is a small museum of working steam and diesel locomotives run by the Irchester Narrow Gauge Railway Trust. Open Sundays 10:00am – 5:00pm (summer) or 10:00am – 4:00pm (winter). For more information call (01234) 750469 or (01604) 675368.

Free entry;

4 working steam locomotives, 4 diesel

over 40 items of rolling stock

250 metre long demonstration line

Working locomotive demonstrations held on the last Sunday of every month during the summer.

Royal meadow

This dog-free area is perfect for family picnics, relaxing or playing games. During the summer, the one-hectare Royal Meadow can be hired by groups and organisations as a venue for medium sized events. Off-road parking for up to 500 cars is available.

Working woodland;

Between 1930 and 1960 over 250,000 trees were planted at Irchester – a mixture of conifers and hardwoods such as alder and poplar. These tree plantations are managed for wildlife, timber and recreational use.

There is an on-going programme of selective felling and thinning – with replacement planting of native broadleaf trees such as oak and ash to improve the wildlife habitats.

The timber produced is converted in the on-site workshop into signs and benches and is used in all our Country Parks. Firewood, rustic poles and sawn timber are on sale at the park – ask at the Visitor Centre for more details.

Cafe open

Located in the heart of the park, the original quarry supervisor's building has been converted into a cafe called "The Quarryman's Rest".

Park & Countryside Information

Light refreshments


Due to the presence of electricity pylons and power lines we regret that there must be NO kite-flying in the park.

There are no litter bins within Northamptonshire's Country Parks – please take your rubbish home.

In order to help everyone enjoy their visit and to protect the park's wildlife dog-owners are asked to keep their animals under control at all times, respect the dog-free area of Royal Meadow and to be aware that 'Poop Scoop' laws apply to the whole site.

Jungle Parc high ropes adventure course Enjoy lots of amazing activities as you glide through the trees on rope bridges, zip lines and cargo nets.

Open Wednesday to Sunday inclusive April to October and daily during school holidays.

For more information or to book a place, visit the Jungle Parc website or email For last minute bookings, telephone 07989 139 357.
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  • Great for families, social gatherings and as a place to play sports, in the open areas away from the town. Large trees and a woodland exploration path with wood carvings and a small train track  more »
  • Great walks around both open spaces and through wooded areas. Lots of paths to explore to make long or short walks. Cafe is good for a lunch bite and brew too.  more »
  • Great place to come for a walk and have a rest, enjoy the fresh air and beautiful nature. Fantastic place to come with kids or have a barbecue in the summer. The hills make the park look interesting and unique. I love going there when I need to relax and gather my thoughts. It would've been perfect if the benches were a bit lower so they're more comfortable to sit on. I also like to go there for fitness. Walking through just a few hills make up for a gym workout. Love that park. One of my favourite places.
  • What a beautiful Park. There are some beautiful woodland walks suitable for all ages and abilities. There are also bike trails for the more adventurous. The children's playground is very imaginative with all equipment in safe working order. So much to capture the children's imagination. For the hungry there is a small restaurant and also a takeaway serving hot dogs, burgers, etc and of course Ice cream and drinks. One of the walks takes you to the rail museum. It is small but my grandchildren loved it, it is only open on Sundays though. There are plenty of areas where you can have a picnic and there are some table's scattered about. There are also toilet facilities next to the children's park. Park Rangers were on duty the day we went and they make sure everything is running smoothly. A beautiful day out.
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