The history of the park
The public gardens of Halifax were created in 1875 by merging two smaller parks together. The park is nowadays about 6 ha large, shaped in Victorian style, and equipped with many flower beds and statues. Being hedged by an iron fence, it can only be accessed through the monumental entrance gates.
The park's facilities
The park has a small pavilion, which is a perfect venue for concerts in summer. Additionally, there are several bridges, three ponds, and many exotic and partially tropical plants. This is why the park is a fantastic place to learn more about both domestic and exotic flora. Some of the flower beds are decorated with logos of important organisations and enterprises. One can tell the high standards of artistic aspiration the managers of the park have. This is why the park is often considered an art project more than anything else.
The park as a centre of social life
The park is the best place to read a book in the whole of Halifax, according to a survey from 2008. Being popular among locals as well as tourists, most visitors especially enjoy the quiet. Only during the summer months the park will be opened and only if the weather allows it. The rule of thumb here is that open gates mean anyone is welcome to enter, but if they're shut, the park is closed.
How to get there
The park lies in the heart of Halifax. One may enter the park via its main entrance at the junction of Spring Garden Road and South Street. But the park has an entrance at each corner as well.
Take line 1 to get to the park. It'll conveniently stop just in front of the main entrance of the park.
The way to the park is signposted on all main roads. Just follow the signs leading to the park. You may leave your car in the streets surrounding the park. Alternatively, you may use the parking facilities of the close by shopping centre.