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, 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.

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

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.

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

©Twelve Architects & Masterplanners

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.

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 farm, and a variety of sports facilities. A great option if you’re looking for an outdoor activity over the bank holiday weekend.

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.

"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 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 1846.

By Ian Roberts via Wikimedia Commons

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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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