Nestled on the fringes of Manchester, this massive park is sheathed in lush, verdant grassland. An ideal place for a day out, Heaton Park is a hive of activities like bowling, golf, horse riding, rowing, tram rides and more. However, the park is as much historic as it is nature-oriented. A striking testimony to this very fact is the troupe of antiquated landmarks that ornament its core. The charismatic Neoclassical Heaton Hall, a rotunda-style temple complete with Tuscan columns, the octagonal Smithy Lodge, and the historic Colonnade, all reside in this park. In addition, Heaton Park also shelters a lake and the secluded Hazlitt Wood Pond which is fringed by dense emerald groves. The sprawling Orangery, built in 1823, is now a venue for events and conferences. Having made it to the English Heritage Register of Parks, Heaton Park, with its ornamental gardens and insightful historic landmarks, is indeed Manchester's crowning glory.