Parks and Gardens in Manchester

Sarah-Clare Conlon, Literature Editor

Parks and gardens in Manchester. From Heaton Park, with the only rowing lake within the M60 (open April to September), to Wythenshawe Park, complete with its beautiful, largely Tudor Hall, undergoing restoration following a fire in March 2016, there’s plenty of green spaces to visit around Manchester and Salford without having to escape to the country.

There are hidden city centre gems like St John’s Gardens complete with John Owens’ grave and Sackville Gardens with its Alan Turing memorial, ornamental spots like Marie Louise Gardens in Didsbury and St Mary’s Park in Prestwich, and wide open spaces like the ees in the south and the cloughs in the north.

Here are our favourite Parks and gardens in Manchester.

Here are our picks

  • 1. RHS Garden Bridgewater

    Image: Harris Bugg Studio

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

    In May 2021, after four years of digging, building and planting, the spectacular 154-acre RHS Bridgewater Garden in Salford opened to the public and is now beckoning outdoor enthusiasts of all ages.

  • 2. Alexandra Park

    Alexandra Park

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

    This recently restored, grade two listed, 60 acre Victorian park has glorious historic features, expansive and sweeping walkways and the most excellent coffee.

  • 3. Fletcher Moss Botanical Garden

    "Into the Woods" by Mike Kniec

    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.

  • 4. St Michael’s Flags and Angel Meadow Park

    Alan Seddon via flickr

    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 introduced audiences to the future work of HOME.

  • 5. Sackville Gardens

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

    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.

  • 6. Peel Park

    By Ian Roberts via Wikimedia Commons

    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 1846.

  • 7. Longford Park

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    Ben Williams

    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.