Drinkwater Park

Please be aware instances of Giant Hogweed have been found at Drinkwater Park. Contact can cause burns to the skin which may require medical treatment. - Find out more

Visitor information

Drinkwater is a great mixed woodland, popular with the local community for its wide network of paths

Situated in Greater Manchester, Drinkwater Park is home to a diverse mix of native woodland, open meadows and borders the River Irwell. It is connected by a superb network of paths making it the perfect location for a leisurely stroll, blood-pumping run or if you just want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. 

Formerly home to Irwell House, a Georgian mansion that was later turned into an isolation hospital, the park is full of a rich history. Keep your eyes peeled for part of the mansions foundations that can still be seen today!

The National Cycle Network 6 and the Irwell Sculpture Trail also run through the site.

At a glance

  • Walking
  • Cycling
  • Sculpture trail 
  • Fishing
  • Horse riding 
  • Dogs welcome 

Things to do

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