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.