Devonshire Road Rock Gardens

Devonshire Road Rock Gardens

Devonshire Road Rock Gardens was first opened to the public way back in 1925. It’s an area of green with beautiful views and attractive features. Come and take a look!

Like many parks, it fell into disrepair over the years of the twentieth century. But in 2006 a £20,000 Heritage Lottery Fund helped to bring it back to life.

The Friends of Devonshire Road Rock Gardens has worked hard to raise the profile of the park. Additional funding has been secured in the last ten years from a variety of sources to make some very welcome improvements. Like the new paths which were laid in 2007.

Vista Buildings at Devonshire Road Rock Gardens

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Devonshire Road Rock Gardens was created in the 1930’s to provide a public park for new housing in the area. It was also in a perfect spot to take advantage of rolling views across to the Trough of Bowland.

The real gem in the park though is The Vista, a small Italian style rustic pavilion with a terrace. It overlooks the hills to the east, below which pools and waterfalls follow the fall of the hill.  This was used for thousands of wedding pictures between the 1930’s and 1980’s.

Vista Buildings at Devonshire Road Rock Gardens
Vista Buildings at Devonshire Road Rock Gardens

Beryl Hill is the site of the gardens. It’s believed to be the site of a cairn and beacon used to warn of Napoleonic invasion many years ago. The view from the top of the gardens is stunning on a clear day. From here you can see over to the Bowland Fells and Pendle Hill.

Restoring The Vista Buildings

Sadly, the Vista had been subjected to vandalism for many years and become a partly overgrown, roofless ruin.

The Friends of the Gardens started to raise funds to restore it in 2012.  By 2013 enough had been raised through events, generous contributions from Ward Funding and other sources, for work to begin.

A year later and the roofs were back on. Vandal proof doors and windows installed, and the terrace repaired. The Friends now have a place out of the rain for storage and brewing up, whilst looking at the incredible view!

Friends of Devonshire Rock Gardens

A lot of people have precious memories of the gardens. Did you visit with your family? Or were you one of the many happy couples who married there in the past? It’s a unique place and it’s fantastic that it’s looked after as it is.

Walk through the gardens
Walk through the gardens

Throughout 2019, members of Blackpool Civic Trust are helping to uncover some more of the rockwork.

Friends of the Devonshire Road Rock Gardens won the Open Spaces Award at the Blackpool Civic Trust Awards Dinner in 2015. The award was for the work they did in repairing and renovating the Vista building at the gardens.

The award recognised the small but dedicated Friends Group, working hard to restore one of the most romantic landscapes in Blackpool.

Find the Friends of Devonshire Road Rock Gardens here on Facebook

A Spring Walk in the Rock Gardens

Devonshire Road Rock Gardens stands at the side of Norbreck Water Tower. Thousands of motorists travelling along (oddly enough) Devonshire Road pass it every day. Most probably don’t even notice the gates.

With a few minutes to spare for once, early on a bright spring morning in March, your Live Blackpool editor stopped the car and went for a look at the gardens.

Springtime in Devonshire Road Rock Gardens
Springtime in Devonshire Road Rock Gardens

And what a lovely spot it is! Right in the centre of an urban area is an oasis of nature and countryside. Well maintained, it’s a credit to the Friends Group and Blackpool Council.

In a past life I lived inland, in easy walking distance of a park, open fields, woods, and a nature reserve. All of which I often visited, like many people who also had dogs to walk. Now, my leisure time is spent at the coast – where the wide skies and miles of open sandy beach is very different.

Peace and Quiet

So what a lovely treat to spend a short time in a proper park. To listen to the birds singing their joyous spring song, see the bulbs flowering and the buds emerging on the trees. Watch the wood pigeons pottering about looking for old twigs to build new nests.

If you need a bit of a breather and fancy a bit of peace and quiet, park your car and go for a walk in the Rock Gardens.

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