Great city parks for spring dates
Make the most of the sunshine this spring by getting outside and taking your date on a trip to one of these 6 great city parks
There’s nothing better than a walk in the park when the sun’s shining. If you and your date can get a day off together, why not head to the nearest green space and fall in love with all that nature has to offer? Here are 6 of our favourite city parks – perfect for a spring date.
Bute Park, Cardiff
Designed in the 19th century, Bute Park was commissioned by the third Marquis of Bute. The park is located behind the Marquis’ former home, Cardiff Castle, and can be reached via a number of gateways. With an arboretum that’s home to more than 3,000 species and the River Taff running through it, Bute Park is the perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon.
Richmond Park, London
Richmond Park is the largest of London’s eight Royal Parks and is the biggest enclosed space in the capital. One of its most attractive areas is the Isabella Plantation, which consists of a 40-acre woodland garden filled with ponds, streams and unusual trees. Watch out for the deer and other wonderful wildlife!
Clifton Down, Bristol
Clifton Down is one of the two sites known locally as ‘The Downs’. Originally pasture for Clifton Manor, the park is now a public space that offers spectacular views of Clifton Suspension Bridge and the Avon Gorge. The hill-top observatory and camera obscura are also worth a look, and don’t miss the rock slide – a steep rock face that has been polished by generations of children and students sliding down it.
Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh
Edinburgh’s hills offer great views but huffing and puffing to climb them isn’t exactly romantic. A better option are the relatively level Princes Street Gardens. Set in a valley between Edinburgh’s old and new towns (and overlooked by the castle), the gardens are a calming oasis in the heart of the city. Plus, the variety of monuments, fountains and floral displays on offer mean that there are plenty of excuse to stop and steal a kiss.
Walkden Gardens, Manchester
Anywhere known colloquially as ‘the secret garden’ is bound to be good, and Manchester’s Walkden Gardens doesn’t disappoint. Famed horticulturalist Harry Walkden gifted the gardens to the public and today they’re a magical space, offering a surreal contrast to the outside world. Whether you walk beneath the wisteria arch, or follow the avenue of cherry trees to the Sound and Poetry Garden, you’re sure to feel the romance.
Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham
Leafy Cannon Hill Park first opened in 1873 and today, is made up of 80 acres of formal parkland and 120 acres of conservation and woodland plantation. Though it feels like it’s in the heart of the countryside, the park is actually just two miles south of the city centre. If walking the numerous paths becomes tiring, you can always rent a two-person pedalo at the boating lake.
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