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Manor Heath Park and Jungle Experience

Find out about this award-winning space, which is a great day out!

Manor Heath Park and Jungle Experience is a must-see!

Butterfly perched on a flower

It is a Green Flag Award winning park.

The park is open all year round. It offers a great day out with fantastic facilities and attractions that include:

  • The Jungle Experience.
  • Walled Demonstration Garden.
  • Flutter Bites café.
  • Well-equipped children's play area for all abilities.
  • Outdoor gym.
  • Water play area (May to October).
  • A 19-acre park. This has a woodland walk and an area with over 30 species of wildflowers and bulbs.
  • Plenty of spots for that perfect picnic.
  • The sunken garden. This is planted twice a year with bedding plant displays.
  • The chance to learn with the Countryside team. They run workshops at Manor Heath Park and other places in the Borough.

Please note: Dogs are allowed in the park, but must be on a lead in the fenced play area.

For children

It is a great place for them to explore, learn and have fun!

About the grounds

The park occupies the site of a Victorian Mansion, which was built in 1852 with splendid views over the valley. It was the home of the famous Halifax carpet maker, John Crossley of John Crossley and sons. Their factory at Dean Clough Mills was half a mile long! The house was knocked down in 1958 after falling into ruin. Where the house was is now the beautiful sunken garden.

Royalty has been to Manor Heath on two occasions:

  • 1863 a visit by Prince Edward (The Prince of Wales).
  • 1912 a visit by King George V.

Parking

Spaces: There are 14, two of these are for disabled badge holders.

Cost: Free for 4 hours with no return in 4 hours.

Contact

Manor Heath Park and Jungle Experience:

  • Address: Manor Heath Road, Halifax. HX3 0EB.
  • Webform: Contact us.

Attractions and facilities

Flutter Bites Cafe

Enjoy the park's wildlife as you sit in our covered outdoor patio area. Indulge in a range of specialist coffees and home-cooked food. It is a great place for a break while walking the dog or with your kids in the park.

The café employs staff with learning disabilities. It gives them the chance to work and train in a busy workplace.

It also offers students from local schools the chance to train and get experience of work in the community. This helps to build confidence in their working ability. Some employees that have trained at Café HX1 were successful in getting awards, like:

  • NVQ level 1 in Hospitality.
  • Level 2 Food Safety in Catering.

Contact

  • Phone: (01422) 362112.

Summer opening

From 30th March to November:

  • Monday to Sunday from 9.30am to 5pm.

Winter opening

For November to March:

  • Monday to Wednesday from 9.30am to 1pm.
  • Thursday to Sunday from 9.30am to 3pm.

Jungle Experience

Entry fee: £1 (cash only) for adults and children over 3 years old.

Opening times

March to November

  • Daily from 10am to 3.30pm.

November to March

  • Weekends only from 10am to 3.30pm.

Walled (demonstration) garden

This was once used to grow flowers, fruit and vegetables for the big house. Now it is used to show gardening techniques of topical interest and bedding plant trials for our parks.

Dahlias are grown in the summer and grown to show standards which make for a beautiful display.

Opening times

  • Daily from 10am to 3.30pm.

Please note: Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.

Container garden

This shows ways to display plants in pots and hanging baskets.

Necklace garden

Here traditional plants and old-fashioned roses grow in a formal setting.

The name comes from the path that runs around the garden, which is necklace shaped with different coloured stones.

Queen Elizabeth II garden

Manor Heath Queen Elizabeth 2 garden

Created for the Queen's platinum Jubilee, it features Irish yew trees, bedding plants and a path of granite stone sets.

  • It is planted in a circlet design to represent a crown;
  • the sets glisten as the jewels;
  • and the trees act as the points of the crown centred with a specimen liquidambar tree.

Mediterranean garden

This shows how plants that are normally found in the Mediterranean can be grown in Calderdale.

  • Suggested ideas for plants to grow in domestic gardens for the water conscious gardener.
  • The gravel garden shows plants that will survive in hot dry places.

Herbaceous borders

Here we use traditional plants for a magnificent summer flowering display, which was designed and planted for the millennium.

This professional design gives colour and texture throughout the growing season with many unusual plants and bulbs.

Rock garden

Made from local sandstone and planted with specialist alpines and bulbs for the connoisseur.

Winter garden

Plants of winter interest that feature flowers, stems, foliage and berries. This is to show how gardens can still be attractive in winter.

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