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General information

Hunsbury Hill Park is a 38 hectare site, a few miles from the town centre. It is dominated by the crown of an Iron Age hill fort on the crest of Hunsbury Hill. The park is flanked on the west and south by an ironstone railway system. Its features include:

  • Ironstone railway
  • Railway museum
  • Play area

Find out more about Community involvement in the park from the Ironstone Railway Trust and the Friends of Hunsbury Park.

How to find Hunsbury Hill Park

Historical context and Celtic origins Hill Fort

  • AD1 Roman Quintus visited the site.
    Site used for agriculture and iron smelting.  It's unknown and unclear when they left the site.
  • 1631 - Execution of Mrs Lucas on site
  • 1880 - Hunsbury Hill Iron Ore Company, one of the earliest ironstone railways
  • 1921 - Mines closed
  • 1930 - Railway closed. Land returned to agricultural use
  • 1970 - Developed as country type park with ironstone museum and trains and children play fields

Hunsbury Hill Fort (scheduled monument) was a major focus in the early settlement of the Upper Nene Valley (Iron Age and Roman periods).

The site was also a key area for the extraction of ironstone.