If you're thinking of booking a hotel near Heaton Park, Manchester, why not explore the open space, one of the largest in Europe, which includes a Grade I listed 18th-century stately home?
Heaton Park is a 600-acre municipal green space which offers the perfect place to unwind right by your hotel. Children will love the animal farm which houses goats, pigs, donkeys, alpacas and small pets and the adventure playground. Hire a boat and take to the 12-acre boating lake. Practice your swing on the pitch and putt and golf courses. Stroll through the woodland and ornamental gardens.
Arts and culture
Manchester has several council-funded art galleries. But the city also boasts a thriving network of independent galleries like Artzu Gallery, in Spinningfields, which supports established and emerging artists working in painting, sculpture and photography. Another place worth exploring is Cornerhouse, the city's international centre for contemporary visual arts and independent film which has three floors of art galleries and three screens showing the best of independent film.
Things to see and do
Get to know Manchester with a guided walk through the places, culture and heritage and downright offbeat or do it under your own steam by downloading the Manchester Walking Tours App from the Visit Manchester website. The site also provides information about exploring the countryside on Manchester's doorstep. Picturesque villages like Littleborough and Milnow are good places from which to explore the Pennine Edge, open moorland, deep wooded valleys and Hollingworth Lake.
Take in the panoramic views from the top of Manchester's answer to the London Eye, the Wheel of Manchester in Piccadilly Gardens. And check whether your visit coincides with a tour of the city's Granada Studios which includes a walk down the iconic Coronation Street and the Rovers' Return.
Eating and drinking
For a taste of the good life head to Mr Cooper's House & Garden at the splendid Midland Hotel. The chef overseeing proceedings, Simon Regan, has been awarded two Michelin stars for his début restaurant. Or for something more downmarket sample Luck, Lust, Liquor & Burn, a Tex-Mex eaterie located in the city's Northern Quarter, the city's premier spot for tacos, burritos and beer.
When the sun is out, head to Sinclair's Oyster Bar, a beautiful Tudor building in the centre of the city which is home to the biggest beer garden in Manchester. Or catch a gig at The Castle Hotel.
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