There are a number of things we love about the spring. Warmer weather, the smell of dew in the morning… But our favourite part of all? The sight of gorgeous, pink cherry blossom. Adding a huge dose of beauty to any landscape, the trees pop with blossom for a short time only every single March, with stunning pastel pink flowers that flow in the wind. If you need your dose of beauty during your lockdown walk this month, check out our guide to where to see cherry blossom in Manchester this spring.
1. Fletcher Moss Botanical Gardens
One of South Manchester’s most gorgeous places, Fletcher Moss Botanical Garden is our favourite place to de-stress in the warmer months, with colourful blooms around every corner. And of course, the garden is blessed with stunning cherry blossom trees, too, which border the paths as you meander around the park. Fletcher Moss Botanical Garden, 18 Stenner Ln, Didsbury, M20 2RQ.
2. By the canal in Castlefield
Can you really get any more picturesque than cherry blossom overlooking the water? The answer is: no. The Bridgewater Canal in Castlefield is pretty at the best of times (particularly in the snow), but there’s something about it in the spring when the cherry blossom blooms adding a bit of vibrancy to the area. The pink clashes perfectly with Manchester’s historic red brick, while Beetham Tower lurks in the background in all of its modern glory.
Ok, so it’s technically not a natural tree in some lovely country park, but it’s still pretty – and this one, you can see all year round. Sitting front and centre in Spinningfields’ Tattu restaurant is a gorgeous, looming cherry blossom tree. Bringing a slice of the Far East to Manchester, the tree is amplified by gorgeous pink mood-lighting and is the subject of many an Instagram post. The best part about this cherry blossom tree? You can enjoy it alongside delicious Chinese food. Tattu, 3 Hardman Square, Gartside St, M3 3EB.
4. Manchester Cathedral
One of the most stunning pieces of architecture in the entirety of Manchester, Manchester Cathedral is surrounded by the beautiful pink cherry blossom in the spring, framing its entrance with soft pastel blooms. The trees are accompanied by a perfectly landscaped garden, with the Cathedral’s gothic architecture standing proudly behind. Manchester Cathedral, Victoria St, M3 1SX.
5. The University of Manchester
It may be a university, but the University of Manchester is a truly stunning place to pass by occasionally. Not only is some of the exterior of the building adorned in ivy trailing up and down its face, but the grounds are also home to a number of lovely cherry blossom trees that surround the perfectly trimmed lawns – that are often complete with students socialising and lounging in the sun. The University of Manchester, Oxford Rd, M13 9PL.
6. Heaton Park
One of our favourite places for a Sunday stroll, Heaton Park is gorgeous this time of year – thanks to its pathways that are complete with beautifully landscaped arches made from pretty in pink blossoms. This isn’t across the whole park, of course, but when you find it, it’s a real, blissful place to be. Heaton Park, St Margaret’s Rd, M25 2GT.
7. Platt Fields Park
Home to the lovely Platt Hall, Platt Fields Park is one of the city’s most popular parks – particularly for students – and is extra nice this time of year. Not only is the park home to its very own lake, but in the spring months, it’s blessed with blooms of cherry blossom – as well as a community orchard, a heather garden and more. You could say it’s blooming lovely. Platt Fields Park, Fallowfield, M14 6LA.
8. Sackville Gardens
The home of Alan Turing here in Manchester, Sackville Gardens literally blooms this time of year with beautiful pink blooms brightening up our already fabulous Gay Village. The park has a lovely pathway so you can potter on through, with a couple of benches finishing it off if you’d like to sit and take in the lovely scenery. Sackville Gardens, Whitworth St, Sackville St, M1 3WA.
9. Dunham Massey
Sitting on the edge of Manchester, Dunham Massey is one of the prettiest spots in the North West, filled to the brim with beautifully landscaped gardens, a stunning hall, deer and, of course, cherry blossom. Accompanied by a number of other trees (many of which are older than sin), the park is blessed with cherry blossom every single year, with plenty of it to see as you wander its spring gardens. Dunham Massey, Altrincham, WA14 4SQ.