Manchester’s ‘park in the sky’ set to open 30 July

A Grade II-listed viaduct that has been transformed into an urban sky park will open to the public Saturday, 30 July.

Castlefield Viaduct had remained untouched since 1969 until restoration began seven months ago.

The site now hosts an events space and a number of sensory gardens developed with the help of community organisations including City of Trees, 42nd Street and Museum of Science and Industry.

Sensory gardens have been developed by a number of Manchester community organisations. Credit: Paul Sherlock

The site is managed by the National Trust and will be open to visitors 9-5pm. There are also plans to host three evening events per week.

Initially open as a twelve month pilot, National Trust are hoping to secure future funding, ideas and support to develop the park and keep its doors open.

Director General of National Trust, Hilary McGrady, said: “This project has gone from a disused, derelict viaduct into something that I think is beautiful and I can see people really enjoying.

“We are here for the nation – and most of the nation live in urban spaces. We are passionate about providing access to nature, to beauty and to history close to where people live.

“Castlefield Viaduct does that all in one go: there is amazing industrial heritage, we’ve got beautiful nature and planting here and a great historical story.

“It is a space for people of Manchester and beyond to enjoy this space and its beauty.”

Dympna Gould, experience and visitor programming manager of National Trust, said: “I am a Mancunian and love that the latest National Trust attraction is here in Manchester.

“It feels like such a special place and you’re surrounded by 2000 years of Manchester history.

“We really want people to come and see this – there are 52,000 people within 20 minutes walk of this site and I want all of you to come”

Reporter Dorretta enjoys sculpted seats in the sky park. Credit: Paul Sherlock

Booking is now open here.

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