Peel Park was created on the slopes leading down to the River Irwell. Over the years the land was terraced so that the park is now a fairly flat riverside area flanked by steep banks. At the top of the slope are the buildings of Salford University and Salford Museum and Art Gallery.
Interpretation panels in the park give more information about key features.
A flight of stone steps from the back of the museum sweeps down to the iconic circular flower beds. Beyond are large areas of grass lawn and wildflower meadow, interspersed with avenues and small groups of trees. In spring the northern part of the park is swathed in daffodils, planted as a Marie Curie ‘Field of Hope’ some years ago.
A monument in the park demonstrates the significance of the nearby river. The Irwell carries water from a huge area and has flooded the park and other areas of Salford many times. The flood marker shows the height reached by the flood of 1866.
A small hillock near the play area is a curious arrangement of curving earthworks, topped with a curved brick seating area. This is ‘Fabric of Nature’, created in 2000 as part of the Irwell Sculpture Trail.
A footbridge crosses over the River Irwell and will lead you out of the park to the Meadows where nature has been allowed to take over a former industrial area within a broad curve of the river.
Steps to the west side of the park lead up to the University campus where you may see a curious statue of Engels Beard which commemorates Friedrich Engels and also serves as a climbing wall. Walking through the campus will bring you back to the Museum or to public transport links.
Conveniently placed next to our play area you’ll find a picnic area with tables and benches, ideal for young families. Alternatively you could spread out a picnic rug (you can borrow one from the Salford Museum and Art Gallery) on the lawns and have a relaxing afternoon enjoying the park’s tranquil surroundings – just focus on enjoying the peace and quiet in a bustling city.