The Best Gardens In Manchester for You to Explore

Posted by Amber Williams on 8th Feb 2024

The Best Gardens In Manchester for You to Explore

We’ve been to our fair share of local Manchester parks and gardens, that’s for sure! But which do we recommend?

There are all kinds of amazing parks and gardens for you to explore around the Greater Manchester Area. We even have a few suggestions that are just a hop, skip, and tram away from the city centre! So, without further ado, here are our top recommendations for gardens in Manchester.

Mayfield Park

Starting off our list is Mayfield Park - one of Manchester's newest inner-city parks. This new development is both child and dog-friendly, and it is a must-visit for all. Located opposite Manchester Piccadilly Train Station, this easy-to-access park gives the city the green space that we've been hoping for.

Whether you're looking to go for a stroll, a dog walk, or a day out with the kids, this park has it all! You can read more about Mayfield Park and everything it has to offer in our blog 'Mayfield Park - Manchester's New Green Space'. 

Castlefield Viaduct

Another new venture for the city centre is the Castlefield Viaduct. This park is small but mighty and has something to see all year round. Foliage, flowers, water features - it has it all. Similar in design to New York's High Line, this suspended sky garden can be found metres away from the Castlefield tram stop. 

If you're spending the day in Manchester and fancy a quick pit stop to see some history and greenery in one fell swoop, then Castlefield Viaduct should definitely be on your list. Our team went to visit the Viaduct garden last year to show you what it's all about! You can read more about the garden and what to expect in our blog 'Castlefield Viaduct - Manchester's Newest Sky Garden'.

Ordsall Hall

Another city centre wonder is Ordsall Hall. It's not brand new like the first two on our list, but it certainly makes up for it with its extensive history! The hall is Salford's oldest building - no easy feat.

Around the hall sits the gardens. The gardens are styled after Tudor planting schemes, in a traditional knot shape. Roses and Lavender fill the borders in summer, along with well-groomed hedges and topiaries. On the other side of the hall is a kitchen garden, which is full of seasonal vegetables and fruits throughout the year. They even sell whatever they don't use in their shop! 

Ordsall Hall is the perfect place for you to take your children. With both history and agricultural roots, the hall - although small - is great for a fun educational day out. Plus, it's free to enter! 

Read all about our trip to Ordsall Hall in our blog 'Ordsall Hall & Gardens - A City Centre Treasure' if you're looking to visit. 

RHS Bridgewater

One of the newest gardens the RHS has to offer is Bridgewater. Located in Worsley, Greater Manchester, the 154 acres are full of walled gardens, manicured borders, and architectural marvels. 

It has everything you expect from an RHS garden. It's a great place to have a wander, a bite to eat, and even do some retail therapy. It's easy to access, as it's just off the M60 and a quick stone's throw away from the Trafford Centre. Perfect for your family day out! With things to do and events running throughout the year, there's something for everyone at the Bridgewater Gardens.

Read all about our adventure to the RHS Bridgewater garden in our blog 'Come with us to RHS Bridgewater - Sensational Summer Outings'. 

RHS Tatton Park

The RHS Tatton Park is one of the largest gardens in the Greater Manchester area. It's rich with history, has plenty to see and do, and is great fun for all the family. Plus, it's the home of the RHS Tatton Park Flower Show! If you'd like to see more about the RHS Tatton Flower Show, read all about our time there last year in our blog 'Let's Talk Tatton - a Week Full of Garden Excitement'. 

From long walks around the grounds to visiting the farm, to walking around the kitchen gardens, Tatton Park has all the ingredients to an amazing family day out. You can easily spend hours wandering the gardens. They even have a few on-site cafes for you to try out. 

Find out everything you need to know about planning your day at RHS Tatton Park in our blog 'Come With Us to Tatton Park - Top Things to See and Do!'