Britain’s Best Skate Parks – It’s Time to Ride


The summer may be a bit of a wash out here in good old Blighty but it doesn’t need to stop you getting your fix of adrenaline. Local councils  have begun to get involved in the alternative sports scene, but the facilities they provide still have nothing on the privately run parks across the country. Here is a short list of the best British skate parks and some details of how to find them and where to stay. Have fun!

Bay 66 (Soon to be Nike) Skate Park – London

Formerly known as the Playstation Skate Park, Bay 66 has been around for donkeys’ years and is easily one of the most iconic skate spots in the UK. It has been featured in music videos, documentaries and of course, skate videos. It’s filled with mini ramps, quarter pipes, fun boxes, rails and the street course has been revised and perfected over the years. It is currently being refurbished by the Nike 6.0 team and the new version is going to be EPIC.

How to Get There

Address: Bay 66 Skate Park, Bay 65-66, Acklam Road, London W10 5YU
Transport Line: Westbourne Park Tube or Ladbroke Grove

Where to Stay:

Try to avoid the central London Hotels, instead head to the nearby Bowden Court Hostel, which will only cost you about £30 per night for a bed. You’ll be out skating all day anyway, so you don’t need luxury!

Central Skate Park – Manchester

The legendary Central Skate Park is a HUGE 10,000 square foot park full of all kinds of skate-able goodies: quarter pipes with perfect transitions, smooth rails and ledges on fun boxes and spine sections – it really has got it all.

How to Get There

Address: Central Skate Park, 28 Mason Street, Manchester, M4 5FT

Transport Line: Piccadilly Train Station
1. Head southeast on A6/London Rd toward Store St – 197 ft
2. Turn left at Store St – 0.4 mi
3. Turn left at Great Ancoats St – 0.4 mi
4. Continue on Swan St – 0.1 mi
5. Turn right at Mason St – 184 ft
6. Turn left at Cable St – 75 ft

Where to Stay

As with most big cities, Manchester hotels cost a small fortune but luckily there are plenty of other, more affordable, options. Check out Hatters Hostel on Newton Street. They have beds for as little as £25 per night and you’ll be able to skate to the park in no time at all!

Rampworx Skate Park – Liverpool

If you want to see where the best skaters and BMXers go, head to Rampworx, the UK’s biggest indoor skate park. Its huge ramps and epic rails have attracted some of the biggest names in the extreme sports industry. They come for the quality of workmanship that has gone into every section of the park and it keeps getting better and better. If you’re ready to put your skills to the test, this is the place.

How to Get There

Address: Rampworx Skate Park, 1-3 Leckwith Road, Netherton, Liverpool, L30 6EU
Transport Line: Lime Street Station > Underground > Central Station > Northern Line, Ormskirk to Aintree > Skate Park

Where to Stay

The Rampworx team have kindly created a list of Liverpool hotels which they recommend to visitors to the city. You can see their list here, which also includes plenty of quality budget options.

Creative Commons photo by old_skool_paul