Parks and Gardens in Manchester

Sarah-Clare Conlon, Literature Editor

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 space 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 top 5 picks

  • 1. Fletcher Moss Botanical Garden

    "Into the Woods" by Mike Kniec

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    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.

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

    Alan Seddon via flickr

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    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.

  • 3. Peel Park

    By Ian Roberts via Wikimedia Commons

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    Peel Park in Salford is the oldest public park in Britain and the first of three to be opened in 1846.

  • 4. Longford Park

    Ben Williams

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    Longford Park in Stretford was created in the grounds of Longford Hall, the grand entrance steps of which remain.

  • 5. Platt Fields Park

    Photograph by Mike Peel via Wikimedia Commons

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    Platt Fields Park in Fallowfield is steeped in history, the land having been acquired by the Platt family in 1225.