Alton Water Visitor Information

Open 364 days a year, Alton Water provides a stunning backdrop for an activity-filled day out. At Alton Water you can cycle, fish, walk, relax and enjoy the wonderful nature and wildlife that makes its home in our woodland, butterfly garden, wildflower meadow and ponds.

Where is the new beach?

Our brand new beach area is located between our Watersports Centre and The Dam. You can use either car park and it's just a short walk to access the beach from either of these points. Shower facilities are available to wash after going in the water and you can use the toilets and changing facilities at the Watersports Centre if you wish. 

The nearest cafe is located at the Watersports Centre where you'll find refreshments, and on Fridays and Saturdays we serve pizza between 4pm and 7pm. 

The beach is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the summer holidays between 10am and 5:30pm - weather permitting. 

When is the park open?

We are open every day except Christmas Day.

What is access around the park like?

We want as many people as possible to enjoy our site. The main track around the water (eight miles) is used by both pedestrians and cyclists and is hilly in places. During wet weather this track can become muddy. There are two other routes both of which use country lanes and are clearly sign-posted. The track north of Lemons Hill Bridge is not open to cyclists.

What about parking and permits?

Alton Water Park is open every day except Christmas Day. 

Car park closing time is displayed at the entrance. Vehicles that remain in the car park after closing time will be locked on site until the following morning. 

Car park opening/closing times:

April 1st to September 15th - 09:00 to 19:30

16th September to October 31st - 09:00 to 18:00

November 1st to March 31st - 09:00 to 16:00

We have recently introduced a pay on exit barrier controlled car park system at Alton Water. At the entrance to the car park please take a ticket from the machine and enter the car park. At the end of your visit please place your car park ticket into one of the pay stations conveniently located around the main car parks. You can pay for your length of stay by either card (contactless and chip and pin) or cash. Once paid you can exit the car park.

Annual pass holders will be issued with a subscription card and given the option of providing your vehicle registration details so the ANPR system will recognise your vehicle at entry and exit. At the entrance to the car park please take a ticket from the machine to gain entry, don’t worry you won’t be charged for this.

Disabled parking bays are available in all car parks. Blue badge holders are not exempt from the car park fees.

Tariff (from 25th April 2022)
Up to 15mins
Up to 1hr
Up to 3hr
Up to 5hrs
Over 5 hrs/All Day/All Day Explorer Ticket

(Our all day explorer ticket gives you access all day to Alton Main Car Park, Lemons Hill North, Lemons Hill South and Tattingstone Wander Car Parks and is the best value ticket for those wanting to enjoy a day at Alton Water with all we have to offer.

Annual Car Parking Permit £75 (Renewals £70)

(For 12 months access to the following Anglian Water Water Parks; Rutland Water, Alton Water, Grafham Water, Ravensthorpe Reservoir, Taverham Mill or Pitsford Water Park. Permits can be purchased from the Water Sports Centre).

Our car parks use ANPR cameras for the safety, security and management of the Car Parks. By using our Car Parks you agree to abide by our T&Cs and Byelaws


Our car park allows for motorhomes, however no overnight parking is permitted.

What facilities are on offer at Alton Water?

Loads! At our park you will find:

  • Our beach - open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, weather permitting
  • Cycle hire
  • Children’s play area
  • Mini Golf
  • Watersports centre
  • Café
  • Picnic site
  • Viewpoint
  • Bird hides
  • Car parking
  • Toilets
  • Park Run -  Every Saturday morning at 9am. Please visit for more information.

Can I stay for longer than a day?

Yes! We have a fantastic caravan and camping site at Alton Water, so you can enjoy all that we have to offer for more than just a day.

Click here to find out more!

Alton Water Accessibility Statement

Alton Water Accessibility Statement

Fishing, walking, cycling, water sports

Our water parks not only bring vital water resources for the region, but they also provide a fantastic day out for all the family.

Whether you're looking for an action-packed day on the water, a spot of fishing to escape the stresses and strains of everyday life, or simply want to enjoy a relaxing walk in beautiful surroundings, look no further than our fabulous water parks.