"What are the best skateparks in the UK?" is a big question. The past 30 years have seen organised skateboard areas, and BMX parks increase rapidly, as the pursuits have become more popular, and also as local councils have started building skateparks.
Skateparks come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, and can have vastly different terrain in them. There are both outdoor and indoor skateparks in the UK, and parks that are a bit of both, like The Front in Weymouth.
As such, answering “what is the best skatepark in the country?" is somewhat subjective. But that’s not to say you can’t arm yourself with as much information as possible. Handily, that’s where we come in! We’ve hit up the top skateparks in the country so you know what you’ll get before you’ve even gripped your board.
Parks are dotted throughout the UK now, and we wanted to represent that with our list of the UK's leading skateparks. So, whether you’re riding your BMX in Brighton, or skateboarding in Stranraer (or even riding your scooter in Cockermouth) we’ve got you covered.
1) Projekts MCR - Manchester
Projekts MCR is the best known of all the skateparks in Manchester. Hell, it’s one of the best skateparks in the North West of England.
Situated in the city centre itself - just a few minutes walk Manchester’s main train station - Projekts is a skatepark that’s open to skateboarders and BMX riders of all ages, although the team there do ask that anybody aged under seven is accompanied by an adult.
Projekts Skatepark is open from midday to 9pm Monday to Saturday, and midday to 6pm on Sundays. Prices start from £3 an hour, and you can get a monthly pass so you can skate or ride any time for £22.50 if you’re committed to riding for four weeks solid.
In terms of facilities, Projekts offers large, concrete skate area made up of everything from ramps to stairs, rials to banks, boxes, to ledges, and even a mini-ramp (like a small half-pipe), catering for virtually all styles of modern skateboarding and BMX riding.
And, while not completely an indoor park, it is protected from the elements by the flyover above, which acts as a roof, essential during Manchester’s rainy season which spans from January to December.
Another reason why Projekts is one of the most popular skateparks in the UK is because of the range of lessons and coaching sessions it offers for skateboarders. There are weekend group sessions for both beginners and more advanced skaters, costing £6 for 90 minutes of tuition.
There are also tuition sessions specific to school holiday, and female only skateboard sessions on Thursday evenings for £3. They also offer private lessons, should you want some one-on-one tuition, and adult specific lessons if you’re getting into skateboarding a little later in life. You really are never too old.
For more on opening times, prices, lessons, competitions, and facilities, visit the Projekt MCR website.
Where is Project MCR?
2) Unit 23 Skatepark - Dumbarton
Unit 23 skatepark in Dumbarton could easily claim to be the home of BMX and skateboarding in the UK. In fact, Unit 23 was home to one the UK’s biggest BMX talents, Kris Kyle. But it’s not just famous famous residents that make the place so good.
The massive 56,000 square-foot skate and BMX park is one of the largest indoor parks in the UK. It’s so big, in fact, it has to be spread over three different halls. Hall One has a more traditional skatepark feel, and is full of ramps, boxes, rails, bowls, mini ramps, quarter-pipes and more.
Hall Two has more of a street feel to it, emulating the kind of terrain a skater or BMX rider would find if they were riding outdoors, away from the safety of the skatepark. There are kinked rails, boxes, stairs, transitions, and even a US-style fire hydrant. In fact, the only thing missing from real street skating are security guards hassling you. Perfect.
Finally, Hall Three at the skatepark has a foam pit and a resi-ramp - like those used by Nitro Circus. These are both soft landing areas, so are perfect for anybody trying a new trick for the first time.
Unit 23 is open from midday to 10pm Monday to Friday, and midday to 8pm on weekends, and only ever really closes for a few days around Christmas, because even skatepark staff enjoy leftover turkey. Prices start from £9 for two hours, rising up to £16 if you want to stay anything longer that seven hours.
You can become a member of Unit 23 for just £40 a year, which knocks around £3 off the price you pay for a session. Equipment hire is also available at the skatepark, with BMXs starting at £5 an hour, and skateboards from £4 p/hour.
If you’re thinking to yourself “I want to learn to BMX" or “where can I learn to skateboarding in Scotland?" then Until 23 have got you covered. They offer coaching for both skaters and BMX riders between 10am and midday on Saturdays and Sundays. Coaching sessions only cost £10 for two hours, and operate outside of regular park opening hours, so beginners won’t feel intimidated by more experienced riders landing flip-whips around their ears.
For more on opening times, prices, lessons, events, and facilities, visit the Unit 23 Skatepark website.
Where is Unit 23 Skatepark?
3) Hereford Skatepark - Hereford
When you think about UK skateparks, Hereford may not be the town that immediately springs to mind. More famous for being the once home of the man that played Yoda in Star Wars and was mispronounced by Robert DeNiro in Ronin, Hereford skatepark is a little gem enjoyed by those in the know.
It’s a large, outdoor park that’s been built in three phases, giving it three distinct areas that all combine to make one skatepark that’s perfect for BMX and skateboarding alike. Right in the centre of the skatepark is a large, curved bowl with a slightly wedgier bowl next to it. There’s a large street skating area, a more classic shaped, tight bowl, and another large, expansive street section wrapping around the entire thing.
In short, there’s enough variety in terrain to keep skaters and BMX riders happy for a lifetime, and an almost endless selection of lines to ride.
Sessions at Hereford Skatepark are free of charge, although riders can purchase cards that keep the lights on at the park for a spot of riding after the sun has set. Cards cost £2.50 for an hour, and can only be purchased by members of the park. Membership incurs a one-off fee of £5, so if you live locally or plan to visit regularly, it’s well worth signing up.
Hereford skatepark is open around the clock, but it’s worth noting that they have a No Scooter Sunday policy (music to many ears, no doubt) which means that from 1pm to 6pm, there are no scooters and no under 10s using the park. The rub, however, is that from 8am to 1pm on Sunday, the park can only be used by nippers and scooter riders.
For more on how to find the skatepark, how it’s funded, and how you can help, visit the Hereford Skatepark website.
Where is Hereford Skatepark?
4) Radlands Skatepark - Northampton
Radlands skatepark in Northampton is rich in heritage that is stands out as one of the best known places to skateboard and ride BMX in the UK. Radlands was originally an indoor skatepark, built in 1992, but forced to close 12 years later.
However, it proved impossible to keep one the the best skateparks in the UK down, and 2012 saw an all-new Radlands open where the old park once stood. The new-look Radlands is no longer an indoor park, but rather a skate plaza - basically like a really big street spot.
The plaza is super smooth diamond shape with plenty of ramps, rails, and ledges for riders to trick on. Then there’s a strip through the middle that’s packed with stair sets, boxes, rails, manual pads and more. The design is perfect whether riders want to practice on one spot, or fancy cruising around the entire plaza.
Being an outdoor, plaza-style skatepark, Radlands is open to the elements, so can prove tricky on Northampton’s wetter days. But no cloud comes without a silver lining, and at Radlands riding is completely free of charge, and you can drop by any time you like. It’s worth noting, however, that the floodlights that allow BMX riders and skateboarders to use the park at night are turned off at 9.30pm.
For more information on the history of the site, detail of the construction, and for information about future developments, including an on-site shop, visit the Radlands website.
Where is Radlands Skatepark?
5) House of Vans - London
What’s the best skatepark in London? That’s a real toughie. The capital city is rich with skateparks and skate spots that have skateboarders and BMX riders from all over the world turning up for a roll.
As such, there are many London skateparks that could have made this list, but we’re giving House Of Vans the nod.
Built in the disused tunnels underneath Waterloo station, and just a short stroll from the world famous South Bank skate spot (or The Undercroft, if you absolutely insist), House of Vans occupies five of the tunnels. Tunnels Four and five occupy two world-class skate parks.
Tunnel four houses a deep bowl with some smooth yet testing transitions, ideal for any level of skater or BMX rider. The neighbouring Tunnel Five has a whole mini ramp area, and separate street skating section, all made from butter-smooth concrete. With the heritage of Vans behind it, you can be assured that the construction and maintenance of the parks are a riders dream-come true.
Furthermore, if you visit House of Vans, it’s not unusual to find yourself rubbing shoulders with some stone-cold legends. Everybody from Curren Caples, through Jeff Grosso, to Christian Hosoi have been spotted riding the walls (or rather, off the walls - geddit) there in 2016 alone.
But, what we really love about House Of Vans is that it’s so much more than a skate park. It’s genuinely a hub for culture and art. They regularly have bands playing, which have included the likes of Foo Fighters, Dinosaur jr, Sunset Sons, and Dizzee Rascal. They regularly have film nights, screening inde’ greats, art exhibitions, and more.
Back to BMX and skateboarding, House Of Vans regularly run skate (Skate Fri Days) and BMX (Bikes and Burgers) only nights, ensuring those on the decks and those on two wheels don't collide in a mess of metal and maple. There are also girl only nights, and skate school sessions for people just starting out. While these lessons are free, they are ticketed, and sell our pretty quickly.
Opening times for House Of Vans vary depending on what events they have on, so for up to date information on that, competitions, exhibitions, skate school, and dedicated sessions, visit the House Of Vans website.
Where is House Of Vans?
6) Creations Sk8park - Birmingham
Creations Skatepark in Birmingham was neither born great, nor had greatness thrust upon it. It’s a place that worked long and hand to be classed as one of the best skateparks in the UK, as it is today.
After closures, redesigns, struggles to pay rent, and even scorn from some in the skating and BMX world, to name but a few of the hurdles that Creation has had to overcome, in 2013 there was somewhat of a rebirth following funding from Sport England and a refit from one of the world’s leading skatepark designers FourOneFour.
Creations is an indoor facility with a distinctly old-school skatepark feel about it. A street section was added in 2014, but Creations is really known for it’s ramps. If transitions and jumps are your thing, you’ll be in heaven. It’s good for park skaters, but an absolute dream for BMX riders.
With smooth wooden features on a concrete floor, Creations skatepark in Birmingham has a full sized vert ramp (the kind you’d see the like of Tony Hawk skateboarding in), a nice flowing bowl, a flow section, jump boxes and even a foam pit - ideal for anybody trying to master a new trick
Both BMX and skateboard lessons can be booked at Creations (along with scooter and inline skating for those that really insist). One-on-one skateboard lessons and BMX lessons with dedicated coaches last one hour, and cost £20.
Creations Skatepark is open 10am-10pm Monday to Friday, and 10am-7pm on weekends. It costs £8.50 to skate all day Monday to Friday, and £10 for an all day pass at the weekends and on bank holidays.
You can also hire the entire skatepark for yourself (or, more likely, among friends) on weekends from 7pm and 11pm, starting from £100 an hour. If you’re more of a night owl, you can also hire the entire park from 8pm until 7am the next morning for £1200.
For more on Creation St8park, it's history, lessons, sessions, and equipment, visit the Creation website.
Where is Creation Skatepark
7) Rampworx - Liverpool
Rampworx skatepark in Liverpool is an absolute monster of a park. At a whopping 70,000 square feet, it’s not only on of the biggest indoor skateparks in the UK, but one of the largest skateparks in Europe!
As you can imagine, being as big as it is, Rampwox has the capacity to offer just about everything you’d expect to find in a skatepark. The largest, main hall is some 30,000 square foot of skateboard and BMX Nirvana. Split into three distinct sections, the first is full of jumps and boxes, the second is full of rails and ledges that are ideal for grinding and sliding. The third section is full of step-ups, flat banks and fun boxes.
The next room has a bowl that’s got something for every skater and BMX rider out there. There’s a section for beginners that’s just five feet deep (the shallow end, if you will), then moving through the seven foot section to the deep end that has a depth of nine feet.
The 15,000 square foot back room is all about street skating and riding. It has all the features you’d expect of a competition-worth street course, only with the terrain being slightly smaller, meaning beginners can use it just as well as people that have been shredding for years.
The final room at Rampworx is a foam pit, which is the perfect area for anybody learning a new trick, or trying to get something more difficult dialled. Unlike most other foam pits in the UK, the one at Rampworx has three points of entry: a massive ramp to the front, a quarter pipe to the left, and a roll-on to the right. As such, it’s perfect to learn on, whether your skateboard or BMX discipline.
Rampworx is open Tuesday to Friday, from 4pm- 10pm, and 10.30am-7pm on weekends. During the week a two hour session will cost £6.50, and an all day pass is just £7.50. Prices on the weekend start from £7.50 for a two hour session, and an all day pass is £12. If you live locally and want to skate or ride all week, you can get a week long pass for £20.
For more on opening times, prices, lessons, and what they’ve got packed into the massive facility, visit the Rampworx website.
Where is Rampworx Skatepark?
8) The Level - Brighton
When you think about the Uk's best skateparks, you probably don’t picture open, grassy parks, and the shade of leafy trees. The Level, the premier skatepark in Brighton will make you think again. Situated in one of Brighton’s green flag parks, The Level is an outdoor park that makes the most of the sunnier climes of the South coast.
Formerly the park was made from wood and, frankly, had seen better days. So, in 2013, it was renovated as part of a restoration program by Brighton Council, in conjunction with the Brighton And Hove Skatepark Association. In its place now is a butter-smooth concrete park that’s a must-visit spot for skaters and BMX riders from all over the UK.
At the centre of the park is a large bowl made up of three different elements. The Northern point is a shallow, mellow bowl to the South is a deeper bowl - itself triangular in shape, and the the east is a rectangular bowl. The variation makes it ideal for all levels of rider to enjoy.
Running around all the edges of the bowl is a street plaza - mimicking the kind of genuine street spots you might find out in the real world. However, you’re not going to get hassle from grannies and their shopping bags riding this place. You know, unless the granny is dropping in as well.
There are all the features you’d expect in a progressive street plaza, including hubbas, rails, stair sets, ledges, boxes and wedges. Whatever your skateboard or BMX poison, you can satisfy it at The Level. It may not be the biggest skatepark in the world, but the intelligent design means that the possibilities at The Level are almost endless.
Skating and riding at the level is free of charge, and it’s open around the clock, so as long as there is enough sunlight, you can go and skate any time you want.
For more information about the skatepark, the area, how it is funded, and the ongoing work there, visit The Level website.
Where is The Level skatepark?
9) The Front - Weymouth
The Front in Weymouth might just be the most impressively located of all the top UK skateparks. It sits right on the coast, with Weymouth Beach quite literally over the road, and the stunning Lodmore Country Park on the other side. There aren’t too many other top class skateparks where you can fill your lungs with healthy sea air from the English Channel.
The park itself is partly indoor, and partly outdoor and partly undercover. The indoor area hosts quite a street-feel technical skate area, full of flat banks, boxes, manual pads and gaps. Ideal for any would-be Rodney Mullen. There’s enough variation in the design to ensure that you’ll never run out of lines to skate.
There’s a dedicated beginners area outside, ideal for anybody new to BMX or skateboarding. Handily, it’s undercover, protecting all that ride there from any inclement weather. Also undercover is the half pipe or vert ramp. The Front’s vert ramp is split into two heights, meaning that both intermediate and advanced riders can shred it.
Also outside, but not under cover is a street park, complete with stairs, hubbas, rails, ledges, wedges and mini ramps. Obviously, with it being outside, it’s availability is weather dependent.
To ride at the front, you have to become a member. You can sign up for a week for £2 if you’re visiting the area, or pay £10 for a year long membership to ride the skatepark year round.
Again, being largely outdoors, The Front skatepark is at the mercy of reliably unreliable British weather, so opening times can vary from season to season, and even week to week. Along with your membership fee, two hour session at The Front start from £2.
For more on opening times, events, beginner sessions, and prices, visit the Front skatepark website.
Where is The Front skatepark?
10) Dymanix - Gateshead
Dynamix in Gateshead is not only one of the best skateparks in the UK, but is also a recycler's dream. The 40,000 square foot skatepark that stands there today was once a disused warehouse slowly gathering dust. However, where some way a battered old building, some local volunteers saw opportunity and set about creating one of the best skateparks in the UK.
Dynamix is even partially built using recycled and reclaimed materials that would otherwise be clogging up landfill. The park is a wood and concrete construction, and consists of specially designed ramps, bowls, boxes, spines, and two foam pits.
Skating and riding BMX at Dynamix skatepark costs £5 per session, with an additional £2 daily membership fee on top. There are also BMX and skateboard lessons available at the park, which require booking in advance.
It’s worth noting that Dynamix is also a cultural hub, offering extreme trampoline lessons, circus skills classes, parkour lessons and more. As such, the opening times, and when you can skateboard or ride your BMX is a little tricky.
The park is open Tuesday to Friday from 9am-9pm, with booked sessions only from opening time until 5pm. From 7pm-9pm on Tuesday it’s adults skating only, on Tuesday the skate park closes at 5pm, and on Thursday and Friday the skate park is open for sessions from 5pm-9pm, although under 16’s have to leave after 7pm. We did say it was a little tricky.
On weekends the park is open from 10am-9pm, but again, with alternative sessions running through the day.
For more on when you can skate, opening times, prices, and lessons, visit the Dynamix skatepark website.
Where is Dynamix skatepark?