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Saumarez Park, Castel

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Saumarez Park is the largest public park on the island of Guernsey.The ParkThe park, one of the island's main social venues, is located in the Parish of Castel, about 4 km from the centre of Saint Peter Port. It contains various facilities, including the National Trust of Guernsey's Folk & Costume Museum, a cafe, a large children's playground, large open grass lawns and a duck pond. A nature trail links the park with nearby Cobo Bay on the north shore of the island.In 1869, Baron James Saumarez (1843–1937), grandson of Admiral James Saumarez, 1st Baron de Saumarez, who had acquired the property through his marriage in 1788 with Martha Le Marchant, exercised his droit de retraite (right of redemption) to buy Saumarez Park and the nearby Le Guet estate, after his father had put the property up for sale. A diplomat who travelled widely in his career, he created a set of exotic gardens, which included a bamboo walk, a Japanese garden, a camelia lawn, a rose garden and a walled garden. After his death Saumarez Park was acquired by the States of Guernsey.The park is open all year round from dawn until dusk. Entry is free of charge, except when certain events are held when there are charges for parking and entry.Saumarez Park ManorThe large manor house is today a residential care and nursing home.Folk & Costume MuseumSituated with in the park, near the Victorian walled garden, is the National Trust of Guernsey's Folk & Costume Museum. It is housed in a cluster of meticulously restored traditional farm buildings and showcases Guernsey’s heritage with exhibitions covering domestic life, farming, fishing and sea-faring. In addition, special exhibitions from the more than 8000 pieces of its nationally acclaimed costume collection are on display throughout every season.
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  • August 4, 2017
    Easily reached by the 71 bus from the town terminus. Good open spaces with a very good cafe, try the gache or gache melee with Guernsey ice cream. Good coffee and hot chocolate. The amenities are good...  more »
  • August 4, 2017
    Saumarez park is a lovely park with great gardens. It is well kept and clean and tidy and has a lovely walk round the pond. There is also a large playground for children. The cafe is also great with a...  more »
  • July 23, 2017
    The park is spread over a large area with a Japenese Garden, Victorian Walled Garden, Tearooms, Pond and Children's Play Area. It is lovely for a walk and delightful to sit in on a sunny day.  more »
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  • Saumarez Park is a fantastic park, there's loads to do; playground, ducks, a rose garden and a cafe with reasonably priced food and drinks and friendly staff. The cafe has a small outdoor area with a bouncy castle and a chalkboard room inside. The only issue I have with the park at the moment is that the playground doesn't cater well to toddlers. However there are plans to put more apparatus in place for younger children.
  • Great with the kids for bikes, playground and good cafe
  • Volunteers who do an amazing job. The sunflower maze this year was very disappointing though.
  • Great Park with children's playground
  • Loved their herb garden and especially all the different varieties of mint they have for show.

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