Longford Park, Longford Ave, Stretford, Manchester, M32 8QB – Visit Now
This public park was originally the home – then surrounded by countryside – of philanthropist Cottonopolis multi-millionaire John Rylands and his wide Enriqueta, who had the grand Gothic library on Deansgate built in his memory. Longford Hall, Rylands fine residence, was lamentably demolished by Trafford Council in 1995.
Longford Park is one of Manchester’s (well ok it’s in Trafford) nicest parks. Large green spaces lined by mature trees and some very pleasant well tended ornamental gardens make it a great place for a stroll.
The John Rylands Cottage now houses a bread co-operative, The Uprising Bakehouse, along with family-friendly café Caffeine & Co. The park also has a volunteer run pets’ corner and a community allotment, excellent Athletics Stadium, disc golf course, tennis courts and a couple of children’s playgrounds.
Admission ChargesFree entry, park open from dawn to dusk
Services and FacilitiesLongford Athletics Stadium, Firswood Community Centre, Tennis Courts, Basketball Courts, Pets Corner, Bowling Greens, Junior and Senior Play Areas, Climbing Boulder, Longford Hall Gardens and Seating Area, Larry Sullivan Gardens and Seating Area, Wildlife Garden, Cafe, Public Toilets, Football Pitch