Fletcher Moss Park is without doubt one of Manchester's hidden gems. Situated in the leafy suburb of Didsbury, it lies minutes away from a range of quaint cafes, bars and restaurants and offers an idyllic, tranquil alternative to the hustle and bustle of the city centre.
The main attraction is the Botanical Garden: a stunning, walled rock garden full of nooks and crannies for the kids to explore. It contains a wide range of ornamental shrubs and trees and a small waterfall runs down it into a pond surrounded by royal ferns, marsh marigolds, skunk cabbage, giant rhubarb and irises.
If you make it to the top of the walled garden, you might wish to reward yourself with a hot drink and slice of cake from the Alpine Tea Room, a cosy, quirky café with both indoor and outdoor seating and fantastic views. If you're feeling a little more active, a bowling green and tennis court lie can be found a minute's walk away.
Finally, in between the Botanical Garden and the River Mersey lies Stenner Woods, an area of wet woodland dominated by crack willow trees. Much of the ground is submerged in water throughout the year, but wooden boardwalk allows you to enjoy this area without getting your feet wet.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri, Sat, Sun, dawn to dusk No entrance fee Disabled access is available Address: Wilmslow Road, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2SW Facilities: Tennis Courts, Visitors Centre, Bowling Green, Toilets, Free Wifi available at the Visitors Centre Website www.fletchermossgardens.org.uk/
Public Transport: The 42 and 142 buses run regularly from Manchester Piccadilly (city centre). Ask to get off at the Wilmslow Road / Fletcher Moss bus stop.