Parks and Gardens in Manchester

Creative Tourist

There are more parks and gardens in Manchester and Salford than you might think — from vast green spaces like Heaton Park, with its rowing lake, animal centre and golf course, to smaller, newer inner city gems like Mayfield Park and Castlefield Viaduct, plus many hidden gems! Here we round-up some of our favourite spots, which, with spring doing its thing, should be on your list to visit soon.

Our top picks

Mayfield Park

Mayfield Park, Mayfield Park, Manchester, M1 2PY - Visit now

Manchester has a new green heart: the 6.5 acre Mayfield Park. It’s the kind of sprawling green space the city’s needed for years, and includes everything from sports lawns to biodiverse ecological areas beside the River Medlock.

Mayfield Partnership

RHS Garden Bridgewater

RHS Garden Bridgewater, Occupation Road (Off Leigh Road), Worsley, Salford, Greater Manchester, M28 2GU - Visit now

It feels like yesterday but it was in fact back in 2021, after four years of digging, building and planting, the spectacular 154-acre RHS Bridgewater Garden in Salford opened to the public. Ever since it’s been beckoning outdoor enthusiasts of all ages.

Image: Harris Bugg Studio

Castlefield Viaduct

Castlefield Viaduct, Castlefield Viaduct, Manchester, M3 4PU - Visit now

Although the plans are yet to be fully realised, this urban park in the sky is very much open for visitors, who can explore part of the structure and find out more about the viaduct’s heritage, the city’s long relationship with plants and trees and also learn urban gardening tips

Castlefield Viaduct by JJ.

Alexandra Park

Alexandra Park, 180 Russell Street, Manchester, M16 7JL - Visit now

This grade two listed, 60 acre Victorian park has glorious historic features, expansive and sweeping walkways and the most excellent coffee. Oh and make sure to look out for heron nests in the trees and terrapins in the lake!

Alexandra Park

Heaton Park

Heaton Park, Middleton Road, Higher Blackley, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M25 2SW - Visit now

One of largest municipal parks in Europe, Heaton Parks covers over 600 acres of land and offers a wide range of attractions including a historic hall, a boating lake, an animal sanctuary, and a variety of sports facilities.

Fletcher Moss Botanical Garden

Fletcher Moss Botanical Garden, Fletcher Moss Botanical Garden, Manchester, M20 2RQ - Visit now

Fletcher Moss Park in Didsbury Village incorporates the Alpine House and Parsonage Gardens, and eventually leads down to the River Mersey via boardwalks through Stenner Woods. Keep your eyes peeled for parakeets here!

"Into the Woods" by Mike Kniec

St Michael’s Flags and Angel Meadow Park

St Michael’s Flags and Angel Meadow Park, Old Mount St, Manchester, M4 4TF - Visit now

Angel Meadow is a green space just north of the city centre and a stone’s throw from trendy Ancoats, where an immersive theatre piece of the same name once introduced audiences to the future work of HOME.

Alan Seddon via flickr

Burrs Country Park

Burrs Country Park, Woodhill Road (bottom end),, Bury,, BL8 1DA - Visit now

Burrs Country Park lies on the River Irwell covering an area of 36 hectares of scenic countryside, one mile northwest of Bury town centre. Burrs features a wide variety of different wildlife habitats – woodland, open space, wetland, ponds and waterways – and also hosts the annual Burrs Live festival.


Paul Anderson

Sackville Gardens

Sackville Gardens, Sackville Street, Manchester, M1 3HB - Visit now

Sackville Park is a lovely green space in Manchester city centre, home to the memorial for Alan Turing – the father of modern computing.

Sackville Park
User Lmno on en.wikipedia [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Peel Park

Peel Park, The Crescent, Salford, M5 4PD - Visit now

Peel Park in Salford is the oldest public park in Britain and the first of three to be opened in Manchester and Salford in 1846, paid for by public subscription.

By Ian Roberts via Wikimedia Commons

Longford Park

Longford Park, Longford Ave, Stretford, Manchester, M32 8QB - Visit now

Longford Park in Stretford was created in the grounds of Longford Hall, the grand entrance steps of which remain. Here you’ll find beautiful gardens, an animal sanctuary and plentiful sports pitches — even a Disc Golf course!

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Ben Williams

Platt Fields Park

Platt Fields Park, Wilmslow Road, Fallowfield, Manchester, M14 6LA - Visit now

Platt Fields Park in Fallowfield is steeped in history, the land having been acquired by the Platt family in 1225. Our favourite bit — a disused bowling green has been transformed into a thriving community garden, where you’ll find fresh produce on sale every Saturday morning, as well as the odd pop-up foodie/boozy event.

Photograph by Mike Peel via Wikimedia Commons

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Launching in summer 2022, the National Trust and Twelve Architects and Masterplanners will be bringing a new lease of life to Castlefield Viaduct.

Wythenshawe Park

With a 17th Century hall set in 109 acres of open parkland, Wythenshawe Park makes a super day out for all ages. Explore the historic woodlands, lush grasslands and meadows; take a stroll around the many themed gardens and check out the sports and leisure facilities on offer.

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Prince’s Park

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Burrs Country Park lies on the River Irwell covering an area of 36 hectares of scenic countryside, one mile northwest of Bury town centre.

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Duke’s Drive, Monton

Dukes Drive is located next to the historic Bridgewater Canal. Situated in the centre of Monton, this green oasis has excellent links to surrounding areas and is linked by canal tow paths and cycle routes (66) to Worsley and further afield.

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