“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.