Belle Vue

Belle Vue Zoological Gardens was much more than an amusement park, it was a wide ranging entertainment complex featuring an amusement park, zoo, speedway, gardens and a circus. 

Dating from 1836, the attraction was to be a cornerstone of the Manchester entertainment scene for over 150 years. The amusement park was to be home to a number of attractions including the world famous Bobs roller coaster, designed by renowned roller coaster designer Fred Church and built by the legendary Harry G. Traver.

Other rides included a brakeman controlled Scenic Railway, a Water Chute (later relocated to Blackpool Pleasure Beach) and a Tumble Bug.

The zoo was the first attraction to close in 1977, with the amusement park finally folding in 1980.

Image from the collection of Chetham Library, used with permission.

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The Belle Vue Bobs roller coaster cost £20,000 to construct and operated for forty one years, carrying 40 million riders

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