Fletcher Moss Park & Parsonage Gardens — Didsbury, Manchester
Fletcher Moss Park & Parsonage Gardens in Didsbury, Manchester might just be one of the best places in the city to admire those rich colours of Autumn. A vast array of flora covers this tiny corner of South Manchester; from redwoods to magnolia, cypresses to hydrangea. Wander through the park before treating yourself to a hot chocolate in the tearoom. Take a book and sit on a bench in October sunshine, or visit the gallery at the old parsonage for wonderful local art that changes monthly.
This might be the perfect place to spend a quiet Sunday, to feel like you’re in a floral oasis far from the grey streets of the city.
Fletcher Moss Park
A beautiful green space in South Manchester, Fletcher Moss Park is the perfect place to take in some fresh air within the city. Wander through the wild woodland area before heading over to the Alpine Tearoom for a hot chocolate outside, looking over the walled Rock Garden. Designed on a south-facing slope to be protected from the elements, the garden contains an array of alpine flora; from royal ferns to marsh marigolds, tulip trees, redwoods and cypresses. If you’re a lover of botany, this is the perfect place to spend an afternoon.
From the Botanical Gardens, head back up to Parsonage Gardens where yew and cedar trees adorn the lawn and there is a small greenhouse open on Tuesdays. The Old Parsonage has now been converted into a community centre and gallery, often showing work by Manchester artists. It’s certainly worth having a wander through the parsonage to admire the beautiful stained-glass windows, and look out for the neo-Norman stone arched gate at the entrance to the gardens, topped with a striking sculpture of an eagle.
Getting there: The Park is around a 15 minute walk from either East Didsbury or Didsbury Village tram stop. It’s also possible to park at the park.
Food & Drink: The Alpine Tearoom within the park serves hot drinks, basic food and cakes, or head into Didsbury Village for lunch.
Fletcher Moss Park
18 Stenner Ln