Whether you'd like an ideal place for a morning run or simply somewhere to relax in Manchester, Alexandra Park is worth paying a visit to. Located in the Whalley Range and Moss Side areas, the park was designed by Alexander Henell and opened to the public in 1870.
Its use of oval shaped and curved pathways was revolutionary at the time of its foundation, being a strong contrast with the strict Victorian architecture typical of the time.
Nowadays, the park is a vibrant place, committed to the protection of nature. It has a beautiful fishing lake in the middle, which is the home of ducks and plants alike. You will also see the occasional squirrel running around the trees and pigeons flying nearby.
Besides the stunning green areas, Alexandra Park has a range of facilities such as a playground, toddler area, tennis court, cricket and football pitch. For those interested in sports, the park is the headquarters of several clubs, including a recreational running and community cycling.
If visitors are feeling too tired, why not visit the pavilion? This is the park's hub, where a cafe was recently opened. It can be visited seven days a week, from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm Mondays to Fridays and on 9:30 am to 5:30 pm during the weekends.
However, not everything is sports; Alexandra Parks is a place for arts and photography. Exhibitions and interactive events are hosted on determinate dates throughout the year. The Caribbean Carnival is probably one of the most famous events to be held here, being a colourful summer party full of music and entertainment, which seeks to celebrate the Caribbean culture and engage the local community.