Longford Park, Longford Ave, Stretford, Manchester, M32 8QB – Visit Now
This was the house – 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. The John Rylands Cottage now houses a bread co-operative, The Uprising Bakehouse, along with family-friendly café Caffeine & Co (being given a run for its money by Alexandra Park’s new pavilion café run by Chorlton’s Tea Hive). The park also has a pets’ corner and a community allotment, along with free tennis courts and a children’s playground.
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