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6 things you should know about Altrincham

PUBLISHED: 10:07 14 August 2015 | UPDATED: 21:14 21 October 2015

Altrincham Market Quarter

Altrincham Market Quarter

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As well as being handy for the airport, Metrolink and the motorways, this buzzing town has plenty of things to do

Market roots

Altrincham was established as a market town in 1290. Following an extensive refurbishment, the market opened at the end of 2014 as six day-a-week ‘refectory’ style eatery space filled with permanent high quality traders from around the region. From bakers, a beer and a lunch-time bite, the market offers visitors a wealth of choice. They also hold different themed Sunday markets, including Home, House and Garden and Vintage Fashion and Furniture.

Life in WW1

Take a trip back in time at the Military Hospital at Dunham Massey. Located just outside Altrincham, the remarkable history of World War One is brought to life at this Georgian Home. In 1917 it became an auxiliary hospital, a place of refuge and recuperation for casualties of trench warfare in France. Now in a recreation, the grand furniture has once again been replaced by hospital beds in the Saloon, including one of the original beds used in 1917. Visitors are also told in various displays how operations took place, including brain surgery by the grand staircase.

Entertaining the town

The Altrincham Garrick Playhouse was established in 1914. Since their first performance on March 18 1914, The Silver Box by John Galsworthy, the Garrick has hosted a wealth of shows. The society aims to present drama, comedy, musicals and pantomime, producing around 12 productions per year as well as hosting one-night shows. In 1999, the theatre undergone major refurbishment, and then celebrated their 100th season in 2014.

Notable neighbours

Altrincham is the birthplace of a number of notable figures including England cricketer Paul Allott and television actress Angela Cartwright, and was also the home to Victorian illustrator Helen Allingham. Ian Brown and John Squire of The Stone Roses both attended Altrincham Grammar School for Boys.

Vegetarian Society

The Vegetarian Society is based in Altrincham and run regular courses throughout the year that will teach you how to make delicious dishes. Taught by a team of highly qualified and enthusiastic tutors, learn something new! 0161 925 2000, www.vegsoccookeryschool.org

Places to eat and drink

Nahm Prik Thai Cuisine is the ideal place to visit for authentic Thai dishes and hospitality. 0161 222 9202, www.nahmprik.co.uk

Mort Subite (07512 969619) is a bohemian Bruxelloise bar. Lambic specialists, here you’ll find a great selection of European beers.

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