Chorlton, Manchester

Creative Tourist

This left-leaning suburb a few miles south of Manchester’s city centre (and only ten minutes away by tram) is a sprawling hive of artisan coffee shops, boutique clothing stores, parks, pubs, restaurants and bars. If we tell you that many of the latter serve Prosecco on tap, you’ll get an idea of the atmosphere here – although things are getting increasingly edgy and independent.

There’s a laid back feel to Chorlton, an area dominated, if not defined, by young families and well-to-do professionals. It’s also home to the annual (and excellent) Chorlton Arts Festival, as well as an inordinate number of fashionable dogs.

Discover our top picks

Families 24 October 2017, from £6

Child of the Divide at The Edge

A remarkable story of family, identity and belonging; marking the 70th anniversary of the partition of India.

Manchester District Guides

Photo of a handwritten label in a cafe that says "Ring for service with a smile"

Burton Road, West Didsbury, Manchester

Burton Road is the heart of West Didsbury, a beautifully maintained leafy hubbub of shops,…

Beech Road Chorlton, Manchester

It may not quite have the reputation of Benefits Street, but Beech Road in Chorlton…

The front of Didsbury restaurant Volta.

Didsbury, Manchester

Follow Oxford Road South through the Curry Mile, along Wilmslow Road, past Platt Fields Park…

Cheetham Hill, Manchester

As an area, Cheetham Hill gets a pretty bad rep. The foreboding architecture of Strangeways…

Tib Street, Manchester

It’s not often that you find a street you could while away a whole day…

Things to do right now

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Theatre 22 September–7 October 2017, from £10

People, Places and Things at HOME

Sports 20–23 September 2017, from £10:00 - 15.00

We’re Not Really Here – A Football Opera at Contact

Theatre 14 September–14 October 2017, from £10.00

Our Town at the Royal Exchange

Exhibitions 22 September–5 November 2017, FREE

AND A 123 at Castlefield Gallery

Theatre 6–23 September 2017, from £13.00

Rita, Sue and Bob Too at Octagon Theatre

Dance 14 September–1 November 2017,

The Lowry Autumn Season 2017

Cinema 14–30 September 2017, from £5.00

Not Just Bollywood at HOME

Theatre 20 September–20 December 2017,

Contact Autumn Season 2017

Festivals 22 September 2017–31 March 2018,

HOME Autumn/Winter Season

Music 9 September 2017–31 May 2018, from £15.00

Manchester Camerata 2017/18 Season

Exhibitions 23 June 2017–1 January 2018, from £4.00

Wyndham Lewis: Life, Art, War at IWM North