Lightopia Festival will return to the stunning grounds of Heaton Park. The park includes the grounds of a Grade I listed, 18th century country house, Heaton Hall. Heaton Park is located on Sheepfoot Lane, Manchester, M25 0BP and is easily accessible. There are many transport links to access Heaton Park, please see travel options below.

Arriving by car

We have a number of car parks on site that are available for customers.

Car parking tickets will be available to purchase online and onsite unless sold out in advance. If you are driving it is highly recommended that you purchase your car parking ticket in advance to avoid disappointment.

When you purchase your car parking ticket, you will be notified of which car park and which space to use at a later date closer to the time of the event. It is very important that you only go to your designated space.

Park and ride

Metrolink customers can also use one of our park and rides for free. The closest stations with
Park and Ride facilities are:

  • Radcliffe with 396 spaces (Crook Street, Radcliffe, M26 2SU)
  • Whitefield with 216 spaces (Nuttall Avenue, Whitefield, M45 6QA)

Please note the park and ride facilities are only available to Metrolink customers. Overnight parking is also available at some Park and Ride sites, but you must collect your car by midday the following day.

Arriving by bus

Heaton Park is served by existing bus routes from around Greater Manchester: 41, 59, 90, 135 and 484.

If you’re travelling by bus this week visit TfGM’s Online Route Explorer, which puts information on services and timetables at your fingertips.

Arriving by train

Manchester is well served by rail, with services running into Manchester Piccadilly, Oxford Road and Victoria.

You can connect to onward Metrolink services from Victoria and Piccadilly.

The following companies operate into Manchester:
TransPennine Express
Virgin Trains
Cross Country
Arriva Trains Wales
East Midlands

Be sure to plan ahead and check train times on the National Rail website before you travel.

National Rail will always have the latest information on rail services. Follow them on Twitter in advance of your journey @nationalrailenq

By foot

Walking between the city centre and Heaton Park may be another alternative option. The walk is flat and will take around an hour from the city centre – just follow the signs along Bury Old Road (West of Heaton Park) to Cheetham Hill Road and into the city.

Arriving by tram

Metrolink services will take you directly to the Heaton Park and Bowker Vale stops, which
are only a few minutes’ walk from the park. Journeys take around 20 minutes from
Manchester city-centre.

Remember you must have a valid Metrolink ticket or pass before boarding a tram. Travel
from the city-centre to Heaton Park will require a 1+2+3 zone ticket. You can find a full
breakdown of the prices here.

Metrolink customers can find out more information about services on the TFGM website or by calling Customer Services on 0161 205 2000. Follow @MCRMetrolink on Twitter for live travel updates.

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