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Welcome to Kearsney Abbey & Russell Gardens

There's something for all the family at Russell Gardens and Kearsney Abbey - visitors already enjoy great days out at Kearsney Parks but we're looking to make the experience even better. We're restoring these two historic parks to create a unique heritage, community and event venue.

THANK YOU! To everyone who contributed to our Heritage Lottery Fund bid for the Kearsney Parks. We've secured a £3m investment for our restoration and improvement plans.

Works to install a temporary construction bridge and site works are under way in Russell Gardens. This means there is no access to the north side of the ornamental lake at this time. We apologise for any inconvenience. 

Annual survey

Every year, we carry out a visitor survey to find out more about what people think of Kearsney Abbey and Russell Gardens. We’ll be in the parks over the next few weeks and would like to talk to as many people as possible. You can also answer the questions at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/9H8QJKV

Park and Ride school summer holiday weekends

We are running a free Park and Ride bus service on weekends during the school summer holidays, between Kearsney Abbey and Kearsney campsite.

This will be a free service. Buses will run from Kearsney Abbey campsite every quarter of an hour from 10am until 5pm. Last entry to the campsite for the Park and Ride service will be at 4.45pm. There will be free parking on site.

Buses will return from Kearsney Abbey to the campsite every quarter of an hour. Buses will run from the park from just after 10am. The last bus back to the campsite will leave the park at 5.52pm.

The bus will be accessible for wheelchairs and buggies. Dogs will be allowed at the driver’s discretion.

Please note that Kearsney Campsite car park will be locked at 6pm.

The address for Kearsney Campsite is Kearsney Avenue, Kearsney, Dover, CT16 3BU.

The service will run on the following days:

Sat 27th, Sun 28th July, 

Sat 3rd, Sun 4th August

Sat 10th, Sun 11th August

Sat 17th, Sun 18th August

Sat 24th, Sun 25th, Mon 26th August

Sat 31st Aug, Sun 1st Sept

Works In Russell Gardens

We have closed off some pathways into Russell Gardens. The pathway from the new timber gate main entrance to Russell Garden is open, and access to Bushy Ruff is via the ornamental brick boat house and pathway.  Due to site limitation we are not able to have a step free access route currently, however further pathway works and route closures/openings will be notified in due course.

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Russell Gardens playground

The playground in Russell Gardens will be closed from Friday 28th June 2019 until further notice. This is so that we can put the new pathways and play equipment in the park. The new playground will be open by next summer. It will have accessible equipment that all children can enjoy. We apologise for any inconvenience caused in the meantime. The playground in Kearsney Abbey will stay open.

Cafe extension

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 space will provide additional seating.

Please excuse our apperance whilst this exciting project is underway.   

Next Events...

Park and Ride

Park and Ride service on summer holiday weekends to Kearsney Abbey

Park and Ride

Park and Ride service on summer holiday weekends to Kearsney Abbey

Junior parkrun

Junior parkrun in Kearsney Abbey every Sunday morning

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