Days out in Manchester with the family visit Heaton Park

Looking for things to do for cheap days out in Manchester with the family? visit Heaton Park.  This park is one of the largest parks in UK and certainly the largest in Manchester. This venue offers a great family day out in Manchester.

It is located 4 miles north from Manchester city centre, in Higher Blackley and it is the perfect place to spend a day with friends or to enjoy family activities on a sunny day.

The park has a small zoo and also offers a variety of events, from astronomical nights to activities for children and adults.

This beautiful park represents a great cultural attraction within the city. Its green spaces make it the perfect place to walk, play, chat, exercise, read a book or just to enjoy the outdoors.Higher Blackley

Days out in Manchester with the family: What to see and do

  • 2 playgrounds
  • Heaton Park Golf Center
  • 3 adult football pitches
  • Heaton Hall Bowling Club
  • Rowing boats
  • Heaton park garden center
  • Walks and runs
  • Events
  • Animal Center
  • Beekeeping
  • Tramway museum and tram rides
  • Donkey rides
  • Stargazing
  • Land train

Food venues

After a long walk you can enjoy some beverages and delicious food such as salads, sandwiches and cakes at the cafes established at the stable block or at the boathouse. 

The cafes are open from 8 am until 4 pm.

Also, there is a cafe inside the Heaton Park Garden Center which serves coffee and tea along with some homemade organic cakes and pastries. Open from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Lastly, you could go to the cafe inside the Heaton Park Golf Center which is open from 8 am to 4 pm. This cafe has an indoor area where you can eat sandwiches, soups, burgers and more.

Barbeques are prohibited.

Public transport

Heaton Park is served by the x35, 59, 90, 135, 149, 156, 164 and 484 buses.


For car park access use either Sheepfoot Lane, Smithy Lodge or St Margaret’s Road entrances.

Postcodes for Sat Nav users, with approximate parking capacity in brackets:

  • M25 0DL: Lake Car Park (263) with seasonal overflow (1500)
  • M25 2SW: Golf Car Park (85)
  • M25 2GT: Garden Center Car Park (9) with overflow car park (50)
  • M25 2GT: Hall Car Park (252)
  • M25 2GT: St Margaret’s Road Car Park (126)

Opening times

The park is open from 8 am until dusk


Heaton Park, Middleton Road, Higher Blackley, M25 2SW.

If you’re looking for the perfect family activity, you have to visit our Days Out in Manchester website or our facebook page for updates!


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