I spotted Marie Louise Gardens when I was driving past on the way to somewhere else. The sign can be seen from the road, but not much else is visible, hidden by trees. On a whim, I recently decided to stop, instead of driving past once again.
The gardens were given to the people of Manchester in 1903 by Josephine Silkenstadt, in memory of her daughter. When I visited, they were quiet, and virtually deserted. I only had squirrels for company, doubtless attracted by the huge variety of trees.
There must be many people who drive past Marie Louise Gardens. Stop and have a look. One of the many reasons I love Manchester, is that I so often find a great park when I’m not even looking for one. No matter where you are, you’re not far from somewhere lovely to play, walk, run or chill out. In this case, a brief detour takes you away from the noise and traffic of Palatine Road, to a place where you’ll want to sit down and chill out. Well worth stopping on a whim for.