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Exploring the park at Saltram

A flock of Canada geese sit on the water, with grassy banks and autumn trees in the background
View from Saltram estate looking towards River Plym | © National Trust Images/Mel Peters

A much-loved green space of Plymouth, Saltram Park welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. Whether they cycle, stroll, picnic, spot wildlife or bring their dog along for a walk, we’re sure all would agree that that this space is very special.

Saltram's historic parkland

Saltram’s historic parkland is a rare surviving example of an 18th-century estate. At its height, it was made up of 4,000 acres of land and provided income for the Parker family and employment for many local people.

Today, the park continues to be a working estate, with much of the land used as permanent pasture and cattle often to be seen enjoying the sunshine in the fields around the house.

Explore different habitats

There are 500 acres with a remarkable range of different habitats, including farmland, beaches, salt marshes, meadows, woodland and an estuary, as well as the 18th-century folly, known as the Amphitheatre.

Walks in the park

The park is the ideal space for a stroll, however far you want to walk. It has a mixture of easy access pathways that are suitable for wheelchairs and buggies, and some out of the way tracks to explore. You can pop into the welcome centre to pick up a map or follow one of our recommended walks.

Two children play around in the play area in the grounds of Saltram, Devon
Children in the play area at Saltram | © National Trust Images / John Millar

Learn and play

There’s plenty in the park to occupy little ones, including the children’s play area by the stables and the cycling pump and skills track on the Dell walk.

Have fun feeding the ducks and say hello to the resident guinea fowl.

Walking your dog at Saltram

The estate is the perfect place to walk your dog. There are bins placed at regular intervals for dog waste, treats in the welcome centre to reward well-behaved dogs and water outside the park café and the welcome centre. Take a look at our 'Visiting Saltram with you Dog' page for all the up to date information.

Off-road trampers

In partnership with Devon Mobility Scheme, we have an off-road tramper available for hire for members of the scheme. Pop into the Welcome Centre or email to find out more or to make a booking.

The white exterior of the house at Saltram with lawn in front of it

Discover more at Saltram

Find out when Saltram is open, how to get here, the things to see and do and more.

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