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Weald Country Park, Brentwood

(4.3/5 based on 160+ reviews on the web)
Weald Country Park is a 700-year-old, 500 acre country park in South Weald in the borough of Brentwood in the English county of Essex. It is on the north-east fringe of Greater London.The current layout is largely the result of landscaping carried out in the naturalistic manner of Capability Brown for Hugh Smith, lord of the manor from 1732 to 1745. Weald Hall, parts of which dated to the 16th century. In 1752, the estate was sold to Thomas Tower of Iver in Buckinghamshire, a lawyer and MP for Wareham in Dorset. Christopher Tower succeeded as the owner in 1778 and immediately commissioned Robert Adam to design a new dining room. On his death in 1810, his son, Christopher Thomas Tower, succeeded until 1867; he enlarged the estate and enclosed some commons as "waste". Weald Hall, with 800acre in 1841, was let to farmers in the 19th century sold by another C. T. Tower in 1946, when the estate was broken up though part of the park was retained for the Green Belt of London. Some remnants remain of the Hall, which was demolished in 1950–51 due to war damage, in particular some steps leading to what used to be a folly in the park. The 16th-century lodge miscalled "Queen Mary's Chapel" because it was locally rumoured to have been used by Queen Mary for quiet prayer and contemplation, which used to be enclosed within Weald Hall's walled kitchen garden, still remains at the edge of the park. A very large painting of Weald Hall hung in a dining room at nearby Brentwood School. Depicting the house and park before 18th Century alterations it is attributed to Dutch painter Jan Griffier the Elder . The school, which was founded by a former owner of the Hall, Sir Anthony Browne, sold the painting to a private collector at Sotheby's in November 1985.
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  • Had a fab time with lots of friends all our little ones and my dog. Great to follow the sick man trail around all of the play areas especially as I could take the dog in everywhere too. Great visitors...  more »
  • Great park to visit in all weathers. Plenty of space and greenery to just roam around or walk the dog in.  more »
  • Lovely place for kids to just run free, so much space and open areas that you can keep an eye on kids, and follow a map to find all the fun things. You only have to pay for the car park, and if you wa...  more »
  • Beautiful open space with plenty of room for the children to run and play. The park is free to enter but you do pay for car parking (up to £5 for a whole day). There is also a visitor centre with a small shop and cafe. We followed the summer Stick Man trail and my 4 year old "loved it ten million". There was a charge for a "trail pack" containing map, clues and some string and instructions for the children to make their very own stick man.
  • Come for a 5k jog with a cool running community from Brentwood and surrounding areas every Saturday at 9am. Parkrun is free and cover all ages.. Google it and join. It's a great way to get fit and run in this beautiful park on a regular basis.
  • Very picturesque. I do ParkRun here. It's got lots of beautiful places to walk and take pictures
  • Such a beautiful park with tonnes of space. Perfect for walks bike rides, visiting the dear and taking the kids to the stick man trail.
  • A large beautiful park...gr8 for outdoor fun with the children. Small availability of disabled scooters pre-book