Alexandra Park is a 24-hectare park that offers walking paths, a football field, a cricket pitch, a lake, a bowling green and numerous gardens. The park also hosts many events throughout the year, including the Manchester Caribbean Carnival.

The park was constructed in 1870 with the intent to ‘deter the working men of Manchester from the alehouses on their day off’. Now, the park is used for leisure activities and sports with the cricket square and athletic courts and fields. With so much to see and do, the park is suitable for all types of travellers, including families with children.

Alexandra Park in Manchester - one of the highlights of 10 Best Parks in Manchester (Read all about Manchester here)

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Highlights of Alexandra Park

Alexandra Park features prominent lodges at the entrances that were designed by Alfred Darbyshire. You’ll also find a raised walk and a lime walk for pedestrians and horse-drawn carriages. Other nature paths travel in circles around the forested areas, the cricket pitch and the football field. The park has a recreational lake that was made from former marl pits and a sunken bowling green.

The gardens are one of the park’s biggest draws. In the past, Alexandra Park supplied greenery for other parks and government buildings using greenhouses, but it's now home to flower gardens, raised terrace gardens with flower beds and trees and planters.

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Good to know when visiting Alexandra Park

Alexandra Park is a popular place to relax in the sun and enjoy some leisure time outdoors. If you’re planning a visit, be sure to check the local weather before you go and find out if there are any events taking place, so you’ll be able to explore more of the park.

You’ll find a lot of Manchester’s attractions near Alexandra Park, such as the Old Trafford stadium, The Whitworth art museum and the Manchester Museum, a museum with natural and human history exhibits. After spending time in the park, check out the local attractions to experience more of the city.

Alexandra Park in Manchester

Location: 180 Russell St, Manchester M16 7JL, UK

Open: 24/7

Phone: +44 (0)1612 344343