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The Best Parks in Manchester

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Manchester is a busy, bustling city within the bounds of one of Britain’s most populous areas. While economically successful and popular with tourists, this thriving metropolis is also full of unspoiled greenery and woodlands, featuring several parks of impressive quality and size. We’ve put together a list of the best parks, commons, and forests in the Manchester area, so you can take a break from the bustle!

Heaton Park

Heaton Park is a colossal 600-acre municipal park a few miles from the city centre. The park includes picturesque lawns, a lake, and the grounds of a Grade I listed country house from the 18th century. On special occasions, the house opens its doors to the public as a venue and as a museum. The park itself is listed as a Grade II ‘building’, as even the lawns here have historical significance. Between the golf course, the tennis courts, and the ornamental gardens, there’s no shortage of ways to spend your day at Heaton.

Opening Hours: 9am-5pm

Watch 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’s a lot to explore in the 109 acres that make up this South Manchester park. Utterly steeped in history, the park has not one, not two, but three listed buildings on its grounds, including the spectacular Wythenshawe Hall. This timber-framed Tudor structure was the home of the Tatton family for many centuries. Nowadays, the hall hosts regular events based around the history of the house and the area. Wythenshawe is the place to go if you like a bit of nostalgia with your walk.

Opening Hours: dawn-dusk daily

Watch out for: The Courtyard Café

Whythenshawe Park, Wythenshawe Rd, Wythenshawe, Manchester, UK, +44 161 998 2117

Prestwich Forest Park