Hidden Green Spaces: Inside Manchester’s Secret Gardens

Published . By Anisah Audu.

Did you know that this city was home to some gorgeous green spaces? From community gardens that host outdoor painting classes to slick leafy areas filled with terraces and foodie favourites, we're uncovering Manchester's secret gardens. If you're looking for a little peace, then read on for a closer look at our favourite hidden gems.



A site for foodie pop-ups, Kampus is the new leafy garden that you need on your radar. Created by a stellar team of architects and designers, the 450,000 square foot space will soon feature secret streets, garden areas and photogenic terraces, and has already seen independent food and drinks vendors like Higher Ground take to the kitchen.

Kampus Manchester Pop-Ups

Discover Manchester's newest hub.

Parsonage Gardens

Located in the heart of Manchester city centre, Parsonage Gardens is a great spot for a little respite from the hustle and bustle. Nestled between the River Irwell and Deansgate, this hidden gem features landscaped greenery and walking paths. And if an alfresco lunch isn’t on the cards? Dip into Gaucho for some Argentinian bites just seconds away.

Parsonage Gardens Manchester Gaucho Restaurant

Gaucho's indulgent bites are only moments from Parsonage Gardens.

Sackville Gardens

You might know it as the location of the Alan Turing statue, the Beacon of Hope and Shane Green’s transgender memorial, but this not-so-secret space is also a top spot for Village People and Pride events. When there’s nothing going on? Head down for a quiet stroll. Situated opposite Canal Street, Sackville Gardens is one of Manchester’s pretty gardens. 

Sackville Gardens Manchester

Get a glimpse of the Beacon of Hope.

St. John’s Gardens

Previously the site of a church and graveyard, the area was redeveloped in the 1930s. One of the smaller secret gardens in Manchester, St. John’s Gardens is sandwiched between Lower Byron Street and Byron Street. It’s only minutes from some of the city’s best restaurants and bars in Spinningfields; think sushi at Australasia and steak at Hawksmoor. When you’re not chowing down, head to Castlefield, relax in this serene spot and watch the world go by.

St. John’s Garden Manchester Australasia Restaurant

From Australasia to St. John’s Gardens, nature is key.

The Secret Valley                  

Ok, this one might not be in Manchester city centre, but it’s just as deserving of a visit. You green-fingered folk should get down to Walkden where The Secret Valley is hiding a whole lot of calm. Once a derelict swamp, the gorgeous community garden has been transformed into a hideaway where nesting swans, a tranquil lake and outdoor painting classes take centre stage.

The Secret Valley Walkden

Check out this community garden just outside of the M60.

Worked up an appetite? Keep things alfresco with our guide to outdoor dining in Manchester.