In line with measures to encourage people to stay at home, the car park in Kearsney Abbey is closing today (Friday 27th March) until further notice. This is to protect public safety and discourage large gatherings.
The Kearsney Parks mobile café and temporary toilets have been removed from site. The playground in Kearsney Abbey is closed.
The following statement has been issued by our contractors, idverde:
idverde are continuing to work with their clients to monitor and review this rapidly changing situation. In line with Government information and guidelines, we are constantly putting further measures in place for sites that are still open to ensure the safety of our colleagues.
This is constantly being reviewed. Additional guidance and safe working measures have been put in place to ensure those colleagues able to work can travel there safely and can adhere to the prescribed social distancing measures both in workplaces and in transit to work. Where the minimum distance measures cannot be maintained, including travelling, work will not continue.
Thank you for your co-operation during these unprecedented times.
If you are concerned or have any queries please contact 0800 917 6263.
As part of our National Lottery funded project at Kearsney Abbey we're building a 180 sq. m. extension to the cafe. This will provide an enlarged café with modern kitchen facilities, along with new customer toilets. The extension and toilets will be fully accessible, including a Changing Places facility. A new outside terrace space will provide additional seating.
Please excuse our appearance whilst this exciting project is underway. For the latest news on the project, see our press release.
Alkham Road, Temple Ewell, Dover, Kent, CT16 3EQ
Kearsney Abbey is a beautiful and popular location, situated on the outskirts of Dover. The gardens are laid out as informal parkland around two ornamental lakes, with the River Dour flowing through. There are plenty of opportunities to relax watching the wildlife on the lakes, or to enjoy a family picnic in the gardens. The lower lake is used for model boating.
The west wing of a grand country house that once stood in the park is now used as a tea room, with a variety of food and drink to suit all tastes, plus locally produced ice cream.
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We have been awarded £3.3 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund’s 'Parks for People' programme to bring our Kearsney Parks project to life.
Our step by step guidance for event planning at Kearsney Abbey.
Visiting the parks
The Kearsney Parks are accessible to all, although some routes into the parks may be considered less accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs.
- The parks are accessible on foot or on bicycle.
- There are three small car parks but with limited space. Disabled parking is available in the Tea Room car park.
- Kearsney train station is just a five minute walk away
- Stagecoach buses stop right outside
- Tea room open every day of the year from 9am–5pm in the summer and 9am–3pm in the winter
- Children's Play Area - Play equipment includes multi-play units, a hill slide, swings and a spinning climbing net
- Toilets and disabled toilet facilities
Kearsney Abbey Junior Parkrun - FREE
Your Leisure and River Parish Council have kindly provided the funding for the park run set up costs.
More information can be found on the Parkrun website.