Getting to the Park
Waterloo Park is open throughout the year and is easily accessed by visitors. It is locked at night. Many visitors to the park live in the city or are local residents. It is used as a route for pedestrians and cyclists going from Angel Road to Aylsham Road.
There is a Car Park which is accessed from Angel Road and three pedestrian entrances, Angel Road, Waterloo Park Avenue and Philadelphia Lane.
Current Bus Links
Buses 21, 22, 28, 29, 36, 37, 38, and 39 all stop close to the park on their way to and from the city centre. The park is marked clearly on the online map for the city’s bus routes.
21, 22 Old Catton to the NNUH
28 Thorpe Marriott to the city centre
29Taverham to the city centre
36 Horsford to the city centre
37 Hellesdon to Long Stratton
38 Ives Road to Long Stratton
39 Mile Cross to Lakenham
It is possible to access almost all of the park by wheelchair. The Friends of Waterloo Park are working with Norwich City Council to develop the signage. There are public toilets located to the side of the main pavilion including an accessible toilet which needs a Radar Key to operate it.
The Children's Play Area
The children’s play area was refurbished in 2011 with up to date children’s play facilities, including: swings, slides, rockers, climbing frames and sand. There is also a Splash Pad, which is active during the summer months. The precise times can be found on the Norwich City Council website. The area also has picnic tables and benches, plus picnic space on the grassed areas.
The Friends of Waterloo Park have jointly funded the work with Norwich City Council to incorporate the disused Bowls Green into the Splash area. We will be asking families how they would like to use this extra space. Work has already started on this project and will be completed in the coming weeks.
Waterloo Park welcomes responsible dog owners and their dogs. Norwich City Council notices in the park state that dogs must be kept on a lead. The Friends of Waterloo Park are liaising with the City Council to decide whether this rule is still appropriate. It is important to clear up dog mess, even in the wilder parts of the park. It should be bagged and put in the appropriate bin. Dogs are not allowed in the children’s play area at any time.
All the trees in the park are maintained by NCC/Norse. They are surveyed regularly and where necessary dead or diseased trees/branches are removed. The Friends of Waterloo Park have identified a number of trees in the park as being of particular interest and we have developed a tree trail leaflet which is available when we are gardening in the park, usually on Saturday mornings. We hope to have them in the café when it opens soon. In the meantime you can download a copy here:
Other Flower Borders
The borders on either side of the Pavilion are managed by the Friends of Waterloo Park and we will be developing them in the next few years. We grow many of our plants from seed and hope to propagate further by taking cuttings and dividing existing plants. We welcome any donations of plants and these can be brought along to our gardening sessions.
More on the About Us page
The long herbaceous borders are reputed to be the longest in the country in a public park and provide beautiful colour for most of the year.
Waterloo Park Cafe is currently closed.
Norwich City Council has just awarded a five year contract to The Feed. They are a not-for-profit social enterprise charity who will work with the local community and will have a varied menu of affordable, locally sourced food. We look forward to its opening in the coming weeks. It will be a great asset to the park.