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Top 5 parks
Manchester's great outdoors
Top 5 selection by Kath Horwill, a freelance writer who blogs at Parklover
Unmissable. This huge, beautiful park 4 miles north of Manchester city centre, is easy to reach by road or public transport. It features an historic hall, a farm and animal centre, two excellent large playgrounds, a boating lake, tram museum and three cafes. Extras such as vintage trams and donkey rides are available at weekends and in summer.
More information about Heaton Park
Brilliant for families, this has a great cafe with toilet facilities right next to the fantastic playground. There’s an additional toddler playground next to the unusual outdoor gym overlooking the lake and adjacent countryside. There’s also a permanent outdoor theater, tennis courts and fountains.
More information about Queen's Park, Heywood
There’s lots to do here, whatever the weather. Fields and woodland to stroll through, or pitch and putt, tennis and a running track if you’re feeling more energetic. Explore the indoor gardens or the hall if you need to warm up and visit the community farm next to the large playground if you have children to entertain.
More information about Wythenshawe Park
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This is one of Manchester’s most peaceful places, perfect for unwinding and a must for garden lovers. Discover the botanical gardens then cross the road to Parsonage Gardens and wander round the flowerbeds. Finish off at the cafe and enjoy the wonderful views from the outdoor seating area.
More information about Fletcher Moss Park