Kearsney Abbey Park and Russell Gardens


Type:Municipal Park

Alkham Road, Temple Ewell, DOVER, Kent, CT16 3DZ

Tel: 01304 872458

Kearsney Parks, Dover - Credit Dover District Council


Enjoy an afternoon out at one of the most popular parks in Dover - Kearsney Abbey and Russell Gardens. With beautifully designed landscapes and the River Dour running through the parks, they offer a free outdoor space to enjoy during your time in Dover.  

The ornamental lake, riverbanks and landscaped park make a wonderful outdoor space that everyone can enjoy.  Look out for the wildlife and for artists working along the river, let of steam in one of the dedicated children's play areas, make a refreshment stop in the park cafe, wander through the formal Russell Gardens or or just enjoy being outside in the fresh air.

Recently in receipt of £3.1m National Lottery Heritage Fund and National Lottery Community Fund, the parks have been restored to create a unique heritage, community and event venue.  Holders of the prestigious Green Flag Award, the parks history can be traced back to a time of grand country houses and estates. 

Kearsney Abbey

The 10 acres of open parkland is not home to any religious building, instead you'll find remains of the former country house and estate including sections of walls, arches, gate piers and bridges.  The billiards room still remains, today it is a delicious cafe offering hot and cold drinks and light snacks.  Look out for the decorative ceiling, wooden panels, and stained glass. 

Russell Gardens

Covering 10 acres Russell Garden is Grade ll listed in the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest. Laid out in a formal style you can discover a magnificent 170m long canal pond and Palladian-style pergola bridges and boathouse pavilion. There are also tennis courts and a children's play area.

The parks are easy to get to and offer free parking. There are public toilets at Kearsney Abbey. 

Book Tickets

Guide Prices

Free to visit



  • Disabled persons toilet


  • Picnic area
  • Picnic Site

Establishment Features

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Toilets

Leisure Facilities

  • Tennis court

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking
  • Parking (charge)


Map & Directions

Road Directions

You’ll find Kearsney Parks just over two miles north west of Dover town centre in the Alkham Valley, which is within the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Opening Times

* Open dusk to dawn

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