Important Information: Queen Elizabeth Country Park car park is open – normal hours and parking fees apply. Toilets are accessible too. For more information please see Queen Elizabeth Country Park's website.
With over 2,000 acres of downland and woodland, Queen Elizabeth Country Park is the ideal place to explore, keep fit and enjoy the great outdoors.
The park is part of the South Downs National Park and spectacular views await those who head out on foot to discover everything this idyllic spot has to offer. From short easy strolls to longer rambles, there are routes to suit all ages and abilities. And they are all suitable for dogs, as well. The park’s leaflet has details of three permissive walking trails that are waymarked on the ground. ‘The dragon of Butser Hill’ is a short interactive walk designed especially for children. Long distance trails include the South Downs Way, the Staunton Way, the Shipwrights way and the Hangers Way.
Exploring on two wheels is a fantastic way to get around. Trails are available for both beginners and advanced cyclists, with two permissive bike trails clearly waymarked on the ground. The visitor centre shop stocks essential cycling equipment, from inner tubes and puncture repair kits to glasses, gloves and drinks bottles. Several cycling events and races take place at the park throughout the year. See the website for details. In addition, the Sustrans National Cycle Network routes 22 and 222 pass through the park.
Venture up the slopes of Butser Hill and discover an array of wildlife. Keen-eyed spotters might find butterflies like the Duke of Burgundy, Chalkhill Blue and Silver-Spotted Skipper. During the summer months, the area is alive with birdsong such as skylarks that sing as they display.
The adventure play park is where you can climb up ropes, scramble over bridges and build a den to hide in. It is a great place for the whole family to have fun. For children under 8 there is animal themed play equipment in the ‘Tots Play Area’ near the visitor centre.
Assualt Course and Dog Activity Course
Are you up for a physical challenge? Then test yourself on the monkey bars, rope swings, tyre obstacles and scramble nets in the military-style assault course. Visit the website for height restrictions and group bookings. There is a fun activity course for dogs too, with eight obstacles to challenge canines of all sizes.
The park has an exciting programme of events and activities throughout the year. With the Easter Egg Roll, Vintage Car Show, Cyclefest, Halloween, Santa’s Grotto and many more, keep an eye on Queen Elizabeth Country Park's Facebook page or website for details.
Food and Drink
Beechwood Kitchen serves home-made, locally sourced food, nutritious meals, snacks and cakes and a competitively priced selection of teas, coffee and hot chocolate. There are picnic areas throughout the site and family BBQ areas available for hire. The park has its own outdoor pizza oven too, with nearby shelters and seating for groups and families.
The brand new Visitor Centre will be opening soon. For the time being, pop into the park's temporary visitor centre shop for local produce, park maps, trails, gifts and information.
Queen Elizabeth Country Park is free to enter but car parking fees apply.
|Open (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)|
* The park is open every day. Main parking area open 24/7.
Beechwood Kitchen: March to October 10am – 5pm (weekdays), 9am – 5pm (weekends). November to March 10am – 4:30pm (weekdays), 9am – 4:30pm (weekends).
Shop and visitor centre: March to October 10am – 5pm (weekdays), 9am – 5pm (weekends). November to March 10am – 4:30pm.
Map & Directions
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The post code is PO8 0QE.
Public Transport Directions
The nearest station for trains is Petersfield and the bus route goes from Havant to Petersfield and is a no 37.
For cyclists there is an easy, tarmac cycle route directly from the station to the park.