Peel Park

Sarah-Clare Conlon, Literature Editor
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Peel Park was a favourite spot of LS Lowry, appearing as the focus of more than a few of his sketches and paintings. Opened in August 1846, it was one of the first public parks to be created in the country “for the enjoyment and recreation of the public… without charge or restriction.”

A while back the park was looking a little bit sorry, but thanks to funding Heritage Lottery funding as well as the care and attention of the local community, its sprawling grounds are now looking in fine form — think verdant green lawns, ancient trees and ornate flower beds.

Peel Park was put back on the map of the art world a few years ago by American photographer Spencer Tunick when he dropped off a busload of naked volunteers and snapped them alongside the old rosebeds. For more culture while you’re here, visit Salford Museum & Art Gallery and the Working Class Movement Library that overlook the park.

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Admission Charges

Free entry, park open from dawn to dusk

Opening Hours

  • Monday8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Wednesday8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Thursday8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Friday8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Saturday8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Sunday8:00am - 5:00pm

Always double check opening hours with the venue before making a special visit.

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Where to go near Peel Park

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Music venue
Peel Hall

One of a few remaining Gothic concert halls in the United Kingdom. It has tiered seating for 370 and is housed in the Peel Building which stands at the front of the Peel Park Campus.

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Restaurant
Old Pint Pot

This lively spot could be considered a jack of all trades – pub, restaurant, events space and live music venue.

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Salford
The Storm Cone, Peel Park

The Storm Cone is a digital artwork and soundscape by artist Laura Daly and composer Lucy Pankhurst, which simulates lost park bandstands and explores their forgotten histories.

Manchester
Gallery
Hot Bed Press

Hot Bed Press, based at the Casket Works in Salford, is a not-for-profit printmakers’ studio, is now the largest open-access print workshop in the region.

Salford museum and art gallery exterior
Manchester
Museum
Salford Museum and Art Gallery

Salford Museum and Art Gallery is a friendly city museum close to Peel Park with special appeal to families; the highlight is Lark Hill Place, a charming Victorian Street installation.

Salford
Gallery
GK Gallery

This Chapel Street gallery and tea room hosts 8-12 week long exhibitions giving emerging artists a chance to showcase their work.

Chapel Street
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Islington Mill

A former cotton spinning mill, Islington Mill in Manchester now houses artists’ studios, galleries, a recording studio, a nightclub, cafe and B&B.

Salford Makers
Chapel Street
Event venue
Salford Makers

Salford Makers are a collective of artists, designers, educators and makers based at Islington Mill in Salford.

Manchester
Event venue
7 Spot Pottery

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