Heaton Park is a huge park in Greater Manchester developed especially for families – choose from a massive range of outdoor activities to create a fun day out.
Vast Urban Area
Once the largest municipal park in the country, Heaton Park opened to the public in 1902. The land was bought from the Earl of Wilton in 1901 so that the rapidly expanding population in the northern suburbs of the city had a recreational area. Today this vast urban area offers a perfect setting for a great range of sporting and outdoor activities. Football pitches, bowling greens and a lake where you can hire rowing boats are all on offer. There’s an 18 hole golf course as well as a par three pitch and putt course – perfect for all the family.
For Younger Children
Younger children will enjoy the two play areas and an animal centre where they can get close to various farmyard friends, including a flock of Hebridean sheep and quaint little kune kune pigs originating from New Zealand. Donkey rides are popular too and you can even arrange to go horse riding
Vintage Tram Ride
Two vintage trams that at one time served the city have been painstakingly restored and are available for visitors to take a ride on at certain times during the day. The journey is along a short stretch of tramline in the park. There is also a small museum housed in the same building where the trams are maintained and here you’ll also be able to see a working model tramway.
This magnificent neo-classical houses stands proudly in the heart of the park. Entrance is free and it’s worth a peek at the 18th century interior, beautifully restored by staff from the city’s art gallery. You can arrange to have a guided tour of the Hall for a fee and this is a great way of learning more about the history and the beauty of this stunning building. The guides are enthusiastic and energetic members of the “Friends of Heaton Hall” and will make your tour a tour to remember!
Highlight of the Day
A ride on the vintage tram.
Nearest train station : Heaton Park (Metrolink tram station)
Car parking : On-site, not free
Website : www.heatonpark.org.uk