Visit Heaton Park, Manchester, where woodlands, gardens and boating lakes meet play areas, cafes and an animal farm on this 600-acre site – and book your place to stay on Culture Trip.
Try your hand at horseriding, beekeeping or golf on the 18-hole course, or you can pay a visit to the historic Tram Museum. Keep an eye out for events such as concerts and plays, sometimes held at the Grade I-listed Heaton Hall. After all that, you’ll have earned a rest at one of these quirky, glam or homely Manchester hotels.
Marvel at the Edwardian Baroque architecture throughout Manchester’s former Stock Exchange, from the signature suites – including the former boardroom with marble pillars and stained glass windows – to the restaurant’s impressive domed ceiling, headed up by Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge. Want ultimate luxury? Hire the restored underground vault for private dining or a cooking masterclass with Tom’s team – or the exclusive top-floor residency with a private, skyline-view roof terrace.
INNSIDE is more than its swish rooms, suites and city views. The central hotel is home to First Street Bar & Kitchen – with the Italian-inspired menu designed by Gino D’Acampo. There’s also an Insta-worthy bar with leafy ceiling, colourful suede chairs and resident DJ – and an outdoor terrace featuring Spritz Bar. The Finnish sauna in the wellness suite will soak up any hangovers, while workaholics can try the state-of-the-art virtual-event production studio or quirky creative meeting space designed to inspire.
Make yourself at home in this quaint cottage bordering Heaton Park on the grounds of an 18th-century vicarage. The fully-equipped kitchen and open plan living room make a comfortable stay – while touches like the oak, king-sized bed and Sky TV add extra homeliness. Rustle up home-cooked grub to dine al fresco on the garden’s tree-surrounded table or visit restaurants in nearby Prestwich. Top tip: there’s free off-road parking but bring your bike for excellent nearby cycling routes, including Heaton Park.
Independent Princess St Hotel exudes perfection: from its location opposite Manchester Art Gallery to its freestanding tubs and luxury toiletries. Enjoy great burgers – especially the spinach, falafel and halloumi number – in the restaurant, followed by a fun cocktail masterclass. Work off the indulgence at the 24-hour fitness centre and finish with a top-class Brazilian Single Origin coffee at the Lawn. All central Manchester’s offerings are on your doorstep at this Grade II-listed Victorian hotel – just a tram ride away from Heaton Park.
When visiting Heaton Park, you might want to stay at one of Manchester’s best boutique hotels or romantic hotels for a special weekend, all bookable through Culture Trip. Make the most of your time in the city with a jam-packed day itinerary and there are plenty of places to hunt down a cracking cocktail.