It’s no secret that Altrincham is a great place to live nowadays, and now, the Sunday Times has cemented that fact by naming it one of the official ‘best places to live’ in the UK for the fifth year running.
Home to the bustling indoor market, a number of fantastic independent restaurants, leafy streets and brilliant parks, the Greater Manchester market town ranked in the Sunday Times’ top places to live in the UK, sitting alongside Ilkley (who took the top spot this year), Manchester’s very own Prestwich, and Christleton in Cheshire.
Considering a number of factors when deciding which neighbourhoods were the ‘best places to live’, The Sunday Times has previously dubbed Altrincham the place where “suburbia meets utopia”, praising it for its independent shops, “classy” restaurants, and scenic canal cycle route into Manchester. Its dog-friendly parks, stunning period properties, and the number of great schools were also taken into consideration when forming their list. Dunham Massey also forms part of Altrincham’s now pretty extensive arsenal, becoming a huge tourist attraction thanks to its deer park and stunning Grade I listed buildings.
The entry reads: “The magical food hall and market that transformed this former Cheshire market town from a dead-zone dormitory with the worst high street in Britain into one of Manchester’s best destinations goes from strength to strength.
“The schools are among the best in the Northwest, the tram offers an easy route to Media City and the city centre and parks and countryside are all within easy reach.”
In addition to Altrincham ranking in the list, Prestwich also made its first-ever appearance – a reflection of its recent regeneration which has seen an influx of new businesses open in town. The Sunday Times’ said the North Manchester suburb now rivalled hotspots such as Didsbury and Chorlton, thanks to Heaton Park, its array of shops and bars and growing house prices.
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