Plan a day out down Altrincham way, and you’ll soon find that one day isn’t nearly enough. Getting there is easy on the tram, or how about cycling along the Bridgewater Canal – keep going and you’ll hit Dunham Massey, complete with packs of deer and its own craft beer. Green space and fresh air is in abundance – Grade II-listed Stamford Park, for example, has been welcoming visitors since 1880, while nearby Bowdon’s Denzell Gardens and The Devisdale are perfect for soaking up autumn colour and enjoying spring bulbs, with snowdrops a speciality.
Prefer the great indoors? Book a table in the historic and award-winning Market House and dig into all manner of freshly prepared dishes using locally grown produce – nine stalls include Honest Crust and their famous pizzas and Tender Cow with their steak-frites. There’s a vast choice of food and drink indies outside the building too – from artisan cheesemongers and regional piemakers in the covered Alty Market (open Tuesday, Friday and Saturday 8am-3pm) to outlets serving up Spanish tapas, Moroccan brunches and Belgian pours dotted around the pedestrian town centre.
Top-notch homewares, handmade arts and crafts, ethically and sustainably sourced gifts, and pre-loved books and vinyl can also go on your shopping list, while the Stamford Quarter has high-street brands covered. Altrincham is also big on things to do, and you can get hands-on with cookery courses, pottery classes and music workshops or shake a leg swimming or skating just a stone’s throw from the station. Find out more in our guide to our favourite attractions in Altrincham and our round-up of the tours and activities worth checking out. Take a look at our guides to shopping in Altrincham and the best cafes, bars and restaurants in Altrincham.
Here are our picks
Altrincham Market, Greenwood Street, Altrincham, Greater Manchester, WA14 1SA - Visit now
A day at Altrincham Market isn’t just fun for all the family, it’s fun, full stop, with the added bonus that you’ll invariably end up with a bunch of goodies to take home to decorate your home or vastly improve your cooking. What’s not to love?
The Altrincham Garrick Playhouse, Barrington Rd,, Altrincham, Greater Manchester, WA14 1HZ - Visit now
Established in 1914, Altrincham Garrick Playhouse presents a variety of performances and screenings, as well as hosting term-time drama classes and a popular summer school for young people.
Evuna Altrincham, 84 -86 Stamford New Road, Altrincham, Greater Manchester, WA14 1BS - Visit now
The food at Evuna Altrincham is as fantastic as you’ve come to expect from the award-winning team, including the full tapas menu featuring all the greatest hits, such as goat’s cheese croquetas with alioli, patatas bravas and giant garlic prawns with chilli and oil, but the menu also offers a host of regional specials, designed for the people of Altrincham alone.