When you first walk into Heaton Park from the entrance nearest the tram stop, you might not quite take in its size. At first glance, it looks like an ordinary park, but walk a bit further along and you’ll realise it’s so much more.
Not only is the park itself listed as historical, it also includes many historical buildings and landmarks which are listed within their own right. Beautiful structures, such as the Temple which was built in the 1800s and was believed to have been used as an observatory, adorn the park.
You’ll also find my personal favourite part of the park, the animal centre which houses farm animals, as well as more exotic species such as alpacas and peacocks, and which is free to enter. Other animals can be found around the grounds too, horses, donkeys and Highland cattle can also be seen when walking around. Donkey rides are also available for children!
In recent years, Heaton Park has also been host to Manchester festival Parklife, and there are many other events that take place here. An open air theatre, a temporary beach, photography workshops, runs & walking groups are just a few of the events offered. More can be found on the city council website.
Sundays and bank holidays are the day to go if interested in the historical tram and tramway museum. Boat hire is also available from April to September. The land train is also a good way of seeing the park in a fun way.