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Walkden Gardens (also known as The Secret Garden, The Maze)


The gardens feature an ornamental grassed walkway, with individual garden 'rooms' attached. Features include a fuschia garden, a Japanese garden and a dovecote re-sited from Sale Old Hall. The site is modelled on Hidcote gardens in Gloucestershire.

Visitor Access, Directions & Contacts

Access contact details

This is a municipal site, open daily for general public use.


Trafford Council

Talbot Road, Stretford, Manchester, M32 0TH
Features & Designations


  • Lawn
  • Description: The theatre lawn, which consists of an auditorium and raised mound surrounded by a hedge.
  • Planting
  • Description: The Fuschia Garden.
  • Exedra
  • Description: This is now known as the Beech Circle.
  • Planting
  • Description: The Conifer Garden.
  • Dovecote
  • Description: The dovecote has been moved to this site from the grounds of Sale Old Hall. The reconstructed building opened in 2004.
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  • Arch
  • Description: Wisteria arch.
  • Tree Feature
  • Description: A small arboretum has replaced the rose garden.
  • Walk
  • Description: Cherry walk.
  • Planting
  • Description: Japanese Garden, divided into three distinctive areas.
  • Wall
  • Description: There is a section of drystone walling created by Andrew Loudon. This incorporates two benches.
  • Walk
  • Description: There are gravel walks edged by old stones.
Key Information





Principal Building

Parks, Gardens And Urban Spaces





Open to the public


Electoral Ward

Sale Moor