Higginson Park (Marlow)


Pound Lane, Marlow, SL7 2AE

The park is the principal open space in Marlow, a classic example of a traditional urban park. It is located on the High Street and yet it also benefits from access to open countryside and a superb location on the River Thames.

There is car parking at Pound Lane, a turning off the High Street at the main gates to the park. Buses and trains run to the town centre from High Wycombe, Maidenhead and Reading. The railway station is a level five-minute walk away.

In Buckinghamshire Council open spaces in the Wycombe area, you may not:

  • use remote controlled vehicles (including drones)
  • use metal detecting equipment
  • have a BBQ
  • busk


There are many sporting and leisure activities at Higginson Park, including:

  • the Leisure Centre in the park has a swimming pool, gym, tennis facilities and more
  • the park has a large children's playground and a skate park which is open all year
  • there is a cricket pitch on the western side, run by Marlow Park Cricket Club and plenty of space for larger events, such as circus tents and fairs
  • Marlow Bowls Club is within the complex
  • see map of Higginson Park

The park area is 9.5 hectares (approximately 23 acres). It's been a public park since 1926, although as a garden it dates back to 1758. There are 1,000,000 park visits every year.

Higginson Park has indoor and outdoor catering, and public toilets. There are many fine trees and large expanses of lawn with formal flowerbeds and a brick in grass maze, created by Adrian Fisher to mark the Millennium.

The Thames trail, with many millions of people living within a short distance of the river, is possibly the most well trodden path in Britain. It passes along the river path in the park.

There is an area of wetland on the western fringe of the park, protected for wildlife, which includes kingfishers and a variety of swans, ducks and other waterfowl.

A statue to Sir Steve Redgrave, the five gold medal winning Olympic rowing hero, stands proudly looking out to the river.

The park houses the Shelley Theatre.

Pleasure Craft and Boating Hire

The frontage on to the River Thames has mooring for pleasure craft and boating for hire, as well as river cruises to Windsor and Henley.

  • see Mooring terms and conditions for temporary (overnight & short stay)
  • overnight mooring fees £15.00
  • fees apply between 6pm and 9am. Pay overnight mooring fees at Court Garden Leisure Complex Reception


In 2022 Higginson Park achieved the prestigious Green Flag Award. The award recognises excellence in park management.

Damage or vandalism

Occasionally sites may be subject to misuse or acts of vandalism, which can result in damaged play equipment, graffiti, broken glass or other such issues. In the event that you find a problem at one of our play spaces let us know.

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