What are the best parks in Manchester

The best parks in Manchester

Manchester is a busy, bustling city in one of the most populous areas in the UK. While this thriving metropolis is economically successful and popular with tourists, it is also full of pristine green and forest areas with several parks of impressive quality and size. We have compiled a list of the best parks, commons and forests in the Manchester area so you can take a break from the hustle and bustle!

Heaton Park

Heaton Park is a whopping 600-acre urban park a few miles from the city center. The park includes picturesque lawns, a lake and the grounds of a listed 18th century country house. On special occasions, the house opens its doors to the public as an event location and a museum. The park itself is a listed building because the lawn is also of historical importance. Between the golf course, tennis courts, and ornamental gardens, there's no shortage of opportunities to spend the day at Heaton.

Opening hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Look out for: The temple, built on the highest point in Manchester

Heaton Park, Middleton Road, Higher Blackley, UK, +44 161 773 1085

Wythenshawe Park

There is a lot to explore in the 109 acres that make up this South Manchester Park. Steeped in history, the park has not one, not two, but three listed buildings on its grounds, including the spectacular Wythenshawe Hall. This Tudor half-timbered construction was the home of the Tatton family for many centuries. Nowadays, events related to the history of the house and the area are regularly held in the hall. Wythenshawe is the place to go if you like a little nostalgia for your stroll.

Opening times: daily from sunrise to sunset

Look out for: The Courtyard Cafe

Whythenshawe Park, Wythenshawe Rd, Wythenshawe, Manchester, United Kingdom, +44 161 998 2117

Prestwich Forest Park

Prestwich Forest Park consists of four smaller parks spanning 200 acres of forest: Philips Park, Drinkwater Park, Waterdale, and Prestwich. These parks can be heavily forested (especially Drinkwater), so it's a nice place to spend a day away from the noise of the city. Exploring the woods can be an enlightening experience as long as you are careful as you wander among the deciduous trees. With a little bit of detailed work and searching, you can even discover a piece of history, because the remains of buildings, walls and canals are hidden all over this large park.

Pay attention to: the bridle paths

Prestwich Forest Park, Park Ln, Whitefield, UK, +44 161 253 5353

Fletcher Moss Botanical Garden

Named for Mr. Fletcher Moss (who made the park area available to the city), these botanical gardens are part of the plant display, part of the wildlife habitat, and part of the leisure facility. The flora is known for its beauty and contains some unusual varieties. Some of the older specimens have grown there since the park was founded a century ago. After exploring the rock, heather, and orchid houses, be sure to visit the Croft House on the grounds of the park. This historic building was the place where the RSPB was founded.

Opening times: daily from sunrise to sunset

Look out for: The rare trees in Parsonage Gardens. Pick up a tree map!

Fletcher Moss Park, 18 Stenner Ln, Manchester, UK, +44 161 434 1877

Boggart Loch Clough

Boggart Hole Clough is an ancient park with several wooded canyons, valleys and canyons. The name is said to come from the local superstition that the area was haunted by a bogus. There is an ongoing debate as to whether this is a real fairy tale or just an invention. Anyway, it's easy to see how the legend could have developed in this dense, mysterious wooded area. But in daylight, this park offers visitors a huge, dreamlike green area that banishes creepy stories with a sunny spectacle.

Opening times: daily from sunrise to sunset

Watch out for: the supposed Boggart


if you can see it!

Boggart Hole Clough, Charlestown Road, Manchester, United Kingdom, +44 161 234 5000