Wythenshawe Park, Northenden, Manchester M23 0BA
Tel: 0161-998 2331 „
I have lived near Wythenshawe park all my life and it's somewhere I have been many, many times. It is an ideal place for many things and for me it is great for walking the dogs in. I shall give a little bit of information of Wythenshawe park and my personal opinion on it.
Wythenshawe park is fairly big and located in Baguley. The park has the long and very busy, main road named Altrincham road on one side of it and the M56 motorway running past it on one side. The park is easily reached from various points and is not that far from Manchester airport either or other surrounding areas such as Altrincham, woodhouse park or even Manchester city centre itself.
How big is the park?
The park is fairly big and has plenty of space for people just wanting to relax in the sun, walk their dogs, have a game of football and all the other usual park things! In all the park covers more than 250 hectares. Not all of the park is just made up of field as there are other facilities in the park which I will go through.
So where to start? The park has many things for visitors to enjoy including, as expected first of all, a playground for the children! I remember always going here as a child as the play area was much better than the park within walking distance from us. The slide in particular when you are young is quite high and was lots of fun! They have swings, climbing frames and lots of other little bits and bobs - in the summer and especially at weekend the playground is packed with families. There is normally always an ice cream van parked up too at weekends and this is an added highlight for the youngsters and adults alike!
The park also has it's own golf and crazy golf courses - many a time have myself and my dada had a game of crazy golf here - I have never played 'real' golf here and so am not sure how good the course would be to a professional but, I think it is a 9 hole course. You can rent all clubs and balls should you need to although I am not sure of current costs - the fees never used to be too high though. If golf isn't your thing there are also tennis courts and bowling greens too - again you can rent all the stuff you need for a small fee. There is also an athletic track which in the summer is used by lots of local schools for events.
For those less energetic there is also a horticultural centre in the park too. I have actually not been in here for some years now but, I believe it may have had a refurbishment in recent years. The greenhouses were always so nice to walk around and you used to be able to purchase some things too. Dogs are not normally allowed in this part of the park except for guide dogs so it's worth knowing that in advance if planning to go in and you have the dogs with you! If you do like the flowers then you may also like having a wander around the grounds of the Hall located in the park. Wythenshawe hall has been there since 1540 when it was built by the Tatton family who then sold the park to Lord Simon of Wythenshawe. Nowadays the hall is open to the public from March to September and can also be hired for private functions such as weddings and the grounds of the hall certainly make for a great photo backdrop! There is also a tea room to get light snacks and drinks located behind the hall - this is open nearly all year round everyday from 11am to 5pm. Facing the hall on one of the large park fields is a statue - many people do not know who it is but, it is actually of Oliver Cromwell who 1644 had his troops occupying the hall!
Also located in Wythenshawe park are stables - the horses have a huge field to roam in and you can see them from the main field. The stables offer lessons to those interested although I am not sure of rates for this. The farm is in conjunction with the stables where you can see the farm animals and if you so wish you can even sponsor an animal - the farm is actually a registered charity too and is open all year round too.
Events at Wythenshawe park:
From an early age I have been going to Wythenshawe park and I do love how much the place has to offer to visitors - of course there is more than ever now than there used to be when I was a child but, there has always been events going on year round. One of the main events for me is always bonfire night. The park puts on a huge firework display and has a lovely big fire. Usually there is a fairground on the night too and for many years now this has been my first choice of park to go to being the closest to me to do a professional display.
Other events that take place include things such as a health walk which is on every Tuesday to get people fit. It is completely free of charge and you just have to turn up! They do two walks - the first at 1pm and the second at 2pm. Also on Saturday between 1-3pm there is an event on at the athletic track for all disabled guest to come and get active using the adapted bikes they have - at a charge of £! Per hour it is not too expensive and another incentive to keep everybody as active as possible!
Parking at the park:
If like me you actually live quite close to the park but, just slightly too far to walk in a reasonable time, or live no where near there is parking available. There is a charge for this which is £1 per car and this is for as long as you want! I think this is very reasonable when compared to other parks in the region such as Tatton which charge more than double that!
I think Wythenshawe park is a great place for everybody - myself and my husband have walked our dogs many times in the park and the huge open fields mean there is always lots of space and even though there might be lots of visitors it never feels too busy. The playground keeps children happy for hours and the range of other things to see and do mean you could easily spend a whole day here. I would always recommend this park to anybody as I am sure there will be something there for you to keep you entertained for the day.
Wythenshawe park and Hall was owned by the Taton family for over 400 years (See Taton park) and originally extended 2,500 acres, however under government pressure the Tatons handed the park over to the council for housing. A small amount of land was saved for the park and hall we see today.
Wythenshawe park offers a number of facilities including crazy golf, tennis courts, a BIG childrens playground, farm, atheltics track, bowls, toilets, Horticultural Center, and horse riding.
There are often fairs and events and usually a firework display in November, Wythenshawe park is an ideal place for a family day out.
FOOD & DRINK
- there is a courtyard tearoom (open 11am - 4pm)
- Usually there is an ice cream van
- Next to the tennis courts there is a hut selling ice cream and drinks
The park and hall is free although in the summer there is often a £1 fee for parking.
Grey squirrels and ducks.
I would ring ahead if you are planning to go to the hall (+44 (0)161 998 2331) because it is only open once a week in certain times of the year.
Community Farm: +44 (0)161 946 0726
Park Warden mobile: +44 (0)7717 341 651
Games Pavilion: +44 (0)161 945 5827
Horse-riding: +44 (0)7876 555 528
Wythenshawe Hall: +44 (0)161 998 2331
Weddings, Catering & Courtyard Tearoom: +44 (0)161 998 5083
Whythenshawe park has a lot to offer, and is the best park i've been to that isn't under the national trust and charging a £20 entry fee.
Wythenshawe Hall and Park is situated in Northenden, Manchester. It is set in approximately 250 acres of parkland to the south of Manchester City. The park has recreational facilities including football pitches, bowling greens, tennis courts, and a children’s playground. The Tatton family built Wythenshawe Hall in 1557 and they resided there until 1926 when Robert Tatton sold the Hall and park to Lord Simon of Wythenshawe. Lord Simon donated the Hall to the City of Manchester for them to use as a municipal park. The Hall has free admission and is well worth a visit but only some of the rooms are open to the public, these include the Drawing Room and the Dining Room. The Drawing Room is located in the oldest part of the original house, which was built in 1540. Here you can see beautiful wall paintings, which were created in celebration of the 16th century marriage between the Tatton’s and the Booth’s of Dunham Massey. Also on view are paintings - exhibitions are held on a regular basis. The Hall has recently undergone a facelift; its external timbers have been restored with the black and white paint being removed in order to show the façade in a near original condition as possible. At the back of the Hall are the Victorian gardens which are most splendid and take you back in time – at the front of the Hall is the famous statute of Oliver Cromwell - this statute once stood outside a train station in Deansgate, Manchester City; however, after the station was demolished, the statute was brought to Wythenshawe Park to stand outside Wythenshawe Hall, where battles took place in the civil war in the early 15th century. Oliver Cromwell and his Parliamentary Forces tried to take over Wythenshawe Hall but failed. As admission to the Park and Hall is free of charge, this makes a great afternoon out – even although not much of the Hall is accessible to the public, it is still worth a visit.