Thorn Park

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Thorn ParkThorn Park is a formal square surrounded by grand Victorian housing and with a variety of trees present. Thorn Park is located adjacent to Mutley Park.

Hidden in the bushes is a one-man, cast-iron Victorian urinal designed by George Jennings of London. Jennings supplied conveniences for the 1851 Great Exhibition in London, where 827,000 paid a penny each to use his loos, hence the phrase 'to spend a penny'.

Opening times

  • Open 24 hours a day and free to use

Walks, nature and scenery

  • The Coop Way, a 15 mile circuit, runs through the park
  • Trees include several Gingkos, Monkey Puzzle, Yews and London Plane
  • Bins and dog bins


  • Seating throughout the park


  • Paths have a good surface and are relatively flat, allowing pram and wheelchair users to access to all areas

Travel and directions

  • One mile from the city centre
  • Accessible using public transport with bus stops along Mannamead Road and Hyde Park Road
  • Parking available on adjacent roads (no official car park)