Do You Remember – Belle Vue Theme Park and Zoological Gardens

by | May 8, 2017 | History, Manchester, News

Once one of the best loved and most popular visitor attractions in the North West, Belle Vue housed a world famous theme park, a zoo filled with exotic animals, a bustling fairground, a speedway track and a circus. Belle Vue also played host to many a rock concert. Maybe you remember seeing The Who, or The Rolling Stones? It’s hard to believe that very little remains of the original site, however, memories of this era will always live on in your stories and photos.

In it’s heyday, Belle Vue had in excess of 2 million visitors a year. Starting off as small centre housing a collection of birds and wildlife, a vision for a bustling amusement park and a world class tourist destination was soon realised. Belle Vue became such a popular attraction that it is considered one of the greatest visitor parks even almost 40 years after it closed it’s doors for the very last time.

Perhaps you remember riding the ‘bobs’ rollercoaster (so called because it cost a shilling to ride!) Maybe you remember a day out at the funfair or spending time at the boating lake on a sunny Manchester bank holiday weekend. Did you visit the zoo or attend the circus?

What do you remember about Belle Vue? Get in touch and share your memories!