Queen's Gardens, Kingston-upon-Hull

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Queen's Gardens is a sequence of gardens in the centre of Kingston upon Hull, England. They are set out within a 9.75acre area that until 1930 was filled with the waters of Queen's Dock. As the dock was not fully filled in, the gardens are largely below the level of the surrounding streets.
The gardens have a central avenue of trees aligned with the Wilberforce Monument to the east, which is fronted by a pool with fountains. The statue of William Wilberforce atop a large Doric column was moved to this site in 1935 and originally dominated the gardens. However, the construction of Sir Frederick Gibberd's building for Hull College behind the column in 1962 has reduced its impact.
Most visitors approach the gardens from the west, through a circus of flower gardens at street level around the "Rosebowl" fountain. Slopes and steps lead down from this area into the main area of the sunken gardens. Either side of the central avenue there are broad areas of lawn, interspersed with smaller borders filled with perennials, and another two large fountain pools.
The formal central axis of the gardens is now diminished by post-war planting of Japanese cherry trees in the central avenue, many of which are now over-mature and showing signs of stress. Vistas from the Rosebowl gardens into the main gardens were previously blocked by overgrown shrubberies on the slope between the two levels until recent renovations in 2017 to open out the area in-between the two sections of the park. Renovations also updated the pools and introduced a number of art installations.
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  • Queen’s Gardens are a formally laid out space which until 1930 contained the waters of Queen’s Dock. Their main section below the level of the surrounding streets has a central avenue of trees aligned...  more »
  • This spot used to actually be a lock for boats brought in from the harbor. The space is big and has nice walkways but on the day I visited I think they were changing out the flower beds since there we...  more »
  • Queens Gardens- one of the old 1930’s docks, is as magnificent as I remember it, a veritable oasis in the centre of Hull and a favourite place for students from the nearby colleges to go and eat their...  more »
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  • Beautiful place clean and a lovely place to sit and relax. Only negative is that you have to be aware of the right place to sit away from the drug users and alcoholics. The park is a big place so this is easy to do
  • I love queen's gardens. It's also got a coffee shop. It is peaceful in the evening not to I late though aye. Its perfect for a chat or break for work or shopping. There is a police station and casino on its doorstep and a very nice little pub
  • I love going into Queens Gardens having a bite to eat sat down on the grass. Sometimes laid down listing to my music and catching a tan from the sun on the same day. There is a nice cafe there i like to sit outside on the deckchairs and have a nice cup of tea.
  • Could do with maybe a food court or something, but there are plenty of places to eat in the area, and you can still see the odd people bringing food with them to sit out and eat, especially in the summer. Throughout the year the gardens are used to host several events, and when not are a nice sight all the same. Due to undergo a facelift soon so the metal fences dotted about unceremoniously to prevent people falling in the water will be removed. All the same though, I'd definitely check out the gardens during the summer.
  • Nice gardens and fountain, not as well kept as a few years ago. Visited a couple of times in the past few weeks, once to enjoy Hull Pride, and again for the Yum food Festival. Great outdoor space in the city centre. Well organised, with lots of bins/bags for rubbish. Plenty of seating.
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