The start of spring brings cherry blossom and Sakura and you don’t have to go to Japan to find it! There are many beautiful places to see Cherry Blossom in Manchester!
Last year, I worked with National Trust to find the best cherry blossom spots in Manchester using their boomtown trail map and I couldn’t believe how much pink and purple there was in and around the city!
In this Manchester travel blog, I’m going to give you ideas of where to find Cherry Blossom in Manchester, whether it’s on your lunch break when you’re in the city, parks near where you live and ideas for a family spring days out!
Cherry Blossom in Manchester
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Cherry Blossom Manchester Forecast
It’s hard to give an exact time that the cherry blossom in Manchester will bloom however, all over the country it is mid-April and into May. The timings can change depending on how cold or mild winter is.
For the Cherry Blossom forecast in Manchester, last year, I took to the city exploring and got most of the photos you’ll see below on 18th April which was perfect as everything was fully in bloom and was for the next 2 weeks or so.
From the gardens at the front to the gardens at the back of the Cathedral, the blossom trees in Manchester here were blooming gorgeous!
What I love about this cherry blossom location in Manchester is that there are many trees so it’s easy to take photos without other people around and great for having picnics and sitting underneath enjoying the spring sunshine (just like they do in Japan!) because there are enough trees for many people to enjoy.
2. Sackville Gardens
Another one of the top places to see cherry blossoms in Manchester city centre is Sackville Gardens. Right on the edge of the Gay Village surrounded by beautiful red brick buildings, this is a nice park in Manchester anyway but in spring it’s beautiful!
Sit on the benches beneath the cherry blossom trees or pose for a photo next to the canal with the cherry blossom trees in the background.
3. St Peters Square
Technically not cherry blossom but still spring blossom, St Peters Square is full of Pauwlonias (although some sites also say giant Foxglove trees) which grow purple flowers in springtime before their leaves appear for the summer.
This is truly one of the most beautiful places to visit in Manchester in spring and blossom season.
You can enjoy Manchester Library and Manchester Art Gallery on the corner of the square and get a drink in one of the nearby cafes to enjoy the blossom with.
4. Tatton Park
For a family fun day out in Manchester in springtime, head to Tatton Park for beautiful cherry blossoms in Manchester!
Tatton Park has a Japanese Garden at the bottom of its gardens which means you get the true Japanese Sakura experience in Manchester.
Whilst you cannot walk through the Japanese garden unless you are booked onto a tour (find out more here) you can still walk around the perimeter taking in the water, bridges and traditional Japanese buildings. This is truly one of the hidden gems in Manchester!
Tatton Park is taking Cherry Blossom season in Manchester and Cheshire seriously! A few years ago, they planted 40 cherry trees as part of a new project marking 150 years of Japan-UK friendship.
Around the Japanese Garden, you’ll find a pathway covered by blossom and further up in the gardens you’ll also find more cherry blossom trees in Tatton Park.
5. Heaton Park
There is blossom everywhere you turn in Heaton Park and if you’re looking for a pathway covered in Cherry Blossom trees for photos, this is where you can find the perfect spot!
Heaton Park is a great place for a family day out thanks to its huge size, play areas and activities. I recommend Go Ape Heaton Park in my Manchester family day out ideas!
Bring warm clothes and a picnic and enjoy the Sakura trees in Manchester at Heaton Park like they do in Japan!
6. Alexander Park
If you’re looking for cherry blossom in Chorlton, head to Alexandra Park!
Alexandra Park is one of the best parks in Manchester. It’s a large park to walk around and perfect for a park to get a drink from the cafe and let the kids play in the playground in spring.
It’s one of the top places for cherry blossom in Manchester because of its cherry trees and an orchard of fruit trees which bloom in spring.
7. Quarry Bank Mill National Trust
The National Trust have been dedicated to planting more cherry blossom trees at their sites and this shows at Quarry Bank Mill.
Last year, they ran a series of blossom events, one of them was yoga under the Blossom which was free to book and open to the public. It was a lovely experience to do yoga next to the blossom trees in one of the gardens.
Check their website here for more information on this year’s cherry blossom at Quarry Bank.
Again, the National Trust are trying hard to bring more blossom and bloom to their locations so Dunham Massey is a good place to visit. I went on 19th April and to be honest, I think I was a few days late, which just shows how it works as the day before in the city, everything was at it’s best bloom!
I found a few different blossom trees in the garden which were lovely to see and they had lots of other spring bloom and blossom around too.
Dunham Massey is lovely for a walk with the family on a spring family day out in Manchester or a walk solo or with a friend and enjoying their cafe and shop at the end.
This is another one of the National Trust sites in Manchester, they tried really hard to make the cherry blossom and spring bloom in Manchester a big thing here last year and I have no doubt they’ll continue year after year.
Take a walk through the Viaduct yourself or join a guided tour, either way, make sure to book a ticket and see what Cherry Blossom they have this year and enjoy this really unique and relaxing garden experience in Manchester!
St John’s Garden isn’t that big but you’ll see lots of beautiful white blossoms here thanks to its many fruit orchard trees that bloom in Spring.
I’d recommend pairing a visit here with visiting the Castlefield Viaduct as they are close together.
Bloomtown Manchester – National Trust Blossom Trail in Manchester
I’ve talked a lot about the National Trust Bloomtown map and Blossom Trail in Manchester which they brought out in 2023! I’ll keep you updated with this year’s plans but you can view more of the best cherry blossom locations in Manchester here which use the map!
I hope this has helped you find the best cherry blossom in Manchester and Sakura in Manchester!
- For more of my Manchester posts see:
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- 10 Things To Do Near Manchester Airport! 10 Minutes from the Airport!
- 7 MUST-VISIT National Trust Sites in Manchester and nearby!
- How To Get From Manchester Airport to Manchester Piccadilly EASILY & Vice Versa!
- 25+ FUN Family Days Out IN Manchester 2023 | Manchester With Kids!