Manchester City Council bought Heaton Park in 1902 by the Earl of Wilton. The park includes the grounds of a Grade I listed, neoclassical 18th century country house, Heaton Hall. The hall is now only open to the public on an occasional basis as a museum and events venue.
During the First World War, the park was used as a training camp for the Pals battalion of the Manchester Regiment, whilst Heaton Hall became a military hospital.
The park was a camp for the Royal Air Force in the Second World War.
We visited Heaton Park in March 2016.