Heaton Park
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Monday
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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This is a huge park with a number of facilities including a public golf course and a small farm that is great for young children.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • nellyson
    17 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peaceful except if you stay away from the cafe disco
    Why the hell you need dance music in the stable cafe and outside in the stable courtyard is beyond me. You've got a gorgeous place with the sound of children's laughter and the birds. Can you hear them? No. You can hear someone screeching out a sad version of Justin Bieber. The park itself is beautiful with lots of places to sit and enjoy the place. If you want peace, stay away from the stable cafe.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 3 April 2023
  • AH
    25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Huge park with loads to do
    Absolutely love it here! It’s just so huge that every time you visit you can explore new areas of the park. Our latest visit was on Easter Sunday which was super busy. There was literally no where to park so I think parking needs to be looked at. The park itself is fab though and my boys love the play areas.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 April 2023
  • permia
    40,843 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Vast expanse of relaxing greenery
    Taking a Tram to the eponymous stop was an easy way of enjoying the vast extensive green space. While walking around we espied some animals such as sheep and donkeys, adding to the rustic ambiance. A centrepiece is the fine Heaton Hall in Neoclassical style.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 4 August 2023
  • Osb
    London, United Kingdom10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It is a great day out for all ages
    There is a miniature railway, a skatepark, an array of annual events, and a children's play area. The park is well-maintained and has plenty of green spaces to relax in. You can also find a café, a boating lake, and a golf course. The park is also home to a number of historical buildings and monuments, making it a great place to explore.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 November 2023
  • jordan c
    Bolton, United Kingdom49 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visited the light show
    Visited for the lights show with the kids. Car park was overly well attended, must have been 15 people in high vis standing about pointing. Plenty of space to park anyway Had a walk round the lights display, which was ok, but nowhere near as good as when it was lightopia. Fairground was closed, food stalls were overpriced as expected at all these events, but the ground was a mud bog so didn't stay Not a brilliant experience compared to some other light shows, but alright enough if you live local
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 December 2023
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Tracy L
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Amazing place and always plenty to do. Great for families, photos were from last year. If you get chance visit the stately home. Plenty of things to do, great for a picnic in summer,
Written 27 February 2024
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Angi R
Oldham, UK39 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
I have visited the light show at heaton park with my family for the past 3 consecutive years (the first 2 years it was named lightopia and this year was named Christmas at heaton park) so I’m not sure what exactly has changed.

We were all extremely excited to go and can only say we’re throughly disappointed.
What cost us more this year for our family (£60 for the family with an additional £6.50 for a car parking ticket) is complete robbery for what you get in return.

My children loved the puddles from the rain more than the extremely poor and limited selection of lights this year.

There were tons of dark points throughout the trail I had to get my torch out on my phone to see where my children were walking which I’ve never had to do previously.

Previous years there has been full light shows done on the lake and this year was a half hearted strobe light and a capital ‘H’ then further round the trail there were some really pathetic attempts of spiral Christmas trees which were laughable.

The smoke machines were the same heights as my 2 toddler children and sprayed more or less at their exact level for the laser garden which wasn’t a great experience.

I can say we tend to visit a lot of light shows around the north west every Christmas. This one at heaton park compared to the likes of Dunham Massey, Walton park and even Blackpool illuminations is by far the worst around and u can say that after 3 years of recommending this attraction to people I will definitely be warning them away and pointing them in the direction of the others mentioned above.

Extremely disappointing and I have heard so many people this year feel the same…. It will take a long time to build this back up just cause you tried to cut a few corners.
Written 1 January 2024
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Rita S
Manchester58 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Took all the family for the Christmas lights, 6 adults and 6 children, cost us a fortune and it was one big rip off. Uneven ground full of mud in the dark, massive puddles of water. They should have had lighting and some boards down. We were all so disappointed the lights were absolutely dire. We went to Dunham Massey last year which was lovely, from what I saw here was some old tat which had been part of Dunham Massey in 2022. We walked round in 20 minutes which included dark empty spaces. Will be making a complaint, it ruined our Christmas eve. Don't go save your Money. The rides, food and drinks also a rip off.
Written 24 December 2023
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Julia B
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
As others have said, very disappointing, little to see, few exhibits, went round in half an hour. Went to Tatton Park last year, not a patch on that. Badly lit paths and very bumpy pothole road to get out of the park. Parking going in was however quick and efficient. Definitely won't be going back. Very expensive for what we got.
Written 24 December 2023
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jordan c
Bolton, UK49 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Visited for the lights show with the kids.
Car park was overly well attended, must have been 15 people in high vis standing about pointing. Plenty of space to park anyway
Had a walk round the lights display, which was ok, but nowhere near as good as when it was lightopia. Fairground was closed, food stalls were overpriced as expected at all these events, but the ground was a mud bog so didn't stay
Not a brilliant experience compared to some other light shows, but alright enough if you live local
Written 22 December 2023
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Becki S
4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
So so disappointed with the Christmas lights. Took my daughter and her friend and for 3 of us with parking it was over £60! Took us less than 30 mins to do a lap of the whole thing and the place was totally dead. No wonder at those prices! The lightopeia event 2 years ago was amazing compared to this. Total waste of money and time!
Written 21 December 2023
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Janice P
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
For a treat for my kids and grandkids bought tickets for the Christmas light trail. What a disappointment! Poorly lit pathways on uneven surfaces in lots of places. Fair shut, no Santa grotto and very few lights. No Christmas atmosphere whatsoever. Did the whole trail in 30 mins even when walking slowly. Don't waste your money.
Written 21 December 2023
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royalsue57
Chiddingfold, UK7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
The Christmas light show is a complete ripoff £42 for two and it took 30minutes to go around - ridiculous pricing should have been at least 50% less - certainly won’t go again!
Written 3 December 2023
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Osb
London, UK10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
There is a miniature railway, a skatepark, an array of annual events, and a children's play area. The park is well-maintained and has plenty of green spaces to relax in. You can also find a café, a boating lake, and a golf course. The park is also home to a number of historical buildings and monuments, making it a great place to explore.
Written 16 November 2023
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Yasmin A
Manchester, UK66 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
What is Heaton Park?

Heaton Park is a large park with a wide array of facilities that is located in North Manchester. It is a great place to go to on a beautiful sunny day.

There are multiple walking routes, an animal centre, Tram Museum and Heaton Hall. There is also a Children’s Play Area and several cafés.

Heaton Park also hosts a light trail for Christmas each year and it is also the venue for Park Life that takes place every summer.

The Animal Centre

The Animal Centre at Heaton Park was brilliant. They house a wide range of farm animals including Geese, Birds, Pigs, Cows and more. It is in a lovely part of the park with nice views on route there.

I thoroughly enjoyed seeing what they were doing and it was a bonus seeing them up close on a nice hot sunny day.

Children’s Playground

The Children’s playground is great for them to have fun. There are a range of slides, zip lines and swings both for young and old children. I loved the swings and doing so gave me a moment of nostalgia of what it is like being a kid all over again.

Heaton Hall

Heaton Hall is a historical building giving an insight of Manchester’s history. It is a beautiful building with a number of stairs outside it but it was closed.

Tram Museum

Unfortunately the Tram Museum was closed on the day of my visit. It was a shame as I was really looking forward to it. It was not meant to be.

The Park

The park is full of nature with lots of trees and landscapes. There are multiple walking routes with sensational views. My walk was brilliant taking in the scenery. It was peaceful and relaxing taking in my lovely surroundings.

The Lakeside

Heaton Park has a lake where you can hire different boats for a ride. There is also a path to walk alongside too. It is an ideal spot for a picnic on a lovely day. There is also a café where you can sit down, relax and have a bite to eat.

I enjoyed walking near the lake as it reinvigorates you and it gives you a sense of happiness in a great environment.

Entry

Entry to Heaton Park is free for everyone but if you are to do a boat ride then you are required to book it and pay for it online. For pricing details then check out the website.

Facilities

There were numerous Ice Cream vans as it was a hot sunny day. There are also 4 cafes serving a great selection of sandwiches and hot food including Fries. They also offer a range of hot and cold drinks including Milkshakes. The pricing is mid-range.

Toilets are on site within the cafes.

Parking

Heaton Park has its own designated car park which is pay and display where you are required to pay. However, if you have a Blue Badge then it is free for you.

If you love walking on a nice day and taking the kids to the playground then Heaton Park is the place for you.

Written 3 October 2023
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Heaton Park is open:
  • Sun - Sat 17:00 - 22:00