Did you know that this city is 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 central spots.
A site for foodie pop-ups, Kampus is a top pick of hidden green spaces in Manchester city centre. Created by architects and designers, the 450,000 square foot area features a choice of secret streets, garden areas or photogenic terraces. Apart from the on-site kitchens, there's The Waldorf and Slug & Lettuce nearby for drinks or meals after your stroll.
A beautiful green space in 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 boasts 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.
Mayfield Park Manchester
This new, hidden park in Manchester city centre is found near Piccadilly Station and trading estate, but you wouldn't guess it. Part of the plan for a larger neighbourhood development, this stunning area merges futuristic playgrounds with green space, bodies of water and more for the ultimate tranquillity while still in the thick of it. Nearby? Lots from this guide to local breweries and taprooms.
St. John’s Gardens
A smaller secret plot, 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; think alfresco action at The Lawn Club and soul food with The Blues Kitchen. When you’re not chowing down, relax across this serene spot and watch the world go by.
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 place is also a top destination for Village People and Pride events. When there’s nothing going on? Venture down for a stroll. Situated opposite Canal Street and Via for refreshments, Sackville Gardens is one of Manchester’s most pretty gardens.
Sky Park Castlefield Viaduct
There's nowhere more hidden than a green space up in the sky, right? Sky Park Castlefield Viaduct has added a new secret garden in Manchester, growing plenty of goodies while also housing a whole pond across the community area. National Trust will be looking after the landmark, providing an earthy escape from the city. Next, make your way up Duke Street to The Oxnoble.
The Secret Valley
Ok, this one might not be strictly city centre, but it's a great choice of the best parks in Greater Manchester with water. You green-fingered folk should head to The Secret Valley. 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.
Mala Secret Garden
Manchester's Mala Secret Garden can be found sporting twinkling fairy lights, cosy huts and kooky hideaways in the Northern Quarter. This drinking and dining destination pairs grassy, ivy-laden pergola seating with What The Pitta, Lucky Ramen & Sushi, House of Habesha's Ethiopian fare, loaded crumble, cocktails and more.
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