Vernon Park

Vernon Park opened in 1858 and is Stockport’s oldest park. Built on land donated to the council by Lord Vernon, it was built by poor mill workers and is often referred to as Pinch Belly Park.

Covering 21 acres this Victorian park features a bandstand, bowling greens, water features, a fernery, sunken rose garden, herbaceous borders, rockery and numerous other historical plant collections. Vernon Park Museum is also here and boasts a tea room with fantastic views of the park.

Facilities at the park include a car park and public toilets with baby changing facilities and disabled access.

Vernon Park is located just east of Stockport town centre, on the way to Bredbury.


Map showing location of Vernon Park.

Map showing location of Vernon Park


Vernon Park

Address and postcode
Turncroft Lane
Greater Manchester
United Kingdom

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  1. My grandparents lived directly opposite the park on Newbridge Lane. The trams from Stockport used to turn around there. We used to play in the park during the summer months and I have lovely memories of the beautiful rhodi bushes, and the lions’ heads on the water features. I remember the bandstand too but cannot remember a band playing. This must have been in the late 40s and early 50s. Lovely memories.

    • I was Foreman at Vernon Park in the early 1960s when big floral displays in spring and summer were much appreciated by the public and when adequate funds were available. Since then, parks have suffered the consequences in most places of budget cuts,including the loss of a competent trained workforce to do the job.

  2. I lived in Stockport all my life until I moved to Spain 8 years ago. I must have been in the Park as a kiddie but cant really remember. I’ve just been back to Stockport to stay with friends nearby and we had a lovely walk through the park last Sunday morning. My partner used to live on the old Alpine Road nearby and visited regularly with her dad, who used to sit her in a "big" rock. The rock doesn’t seem as big now but it brought back great memories for her. We both enjoyed our walk in the fantastic park, it is a treasure that should be enjoyed by future generations.

  3. I worked as a gardener 43 years ago and mowed the 2 greens till they looked like velvet. The park is a shadow of it’s former glory, as kids we called it the lower park, and its neighbour Woodbank, the dog park. Still worth a walk around them both.

  4. I’ve just discovered the MAGNIFICENT Vernon Park! Well worth a visit.


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