High Street shopping in Altrincham
PUBLISHED: 19:05 11 November 2012 | UPDATED: 21:15 21 October 2015
The attractive suburb of Altrincham is enhancing its appeal with great shopping<br/>Words by Polly Berkeley
Ever since it received its charter in 1290, Altrincham has boasted a lively market. It is one of the oldest attractions in the town but now Altrincham is upping the ante with a whole raft of improvements to reinvent itself for the 21st century as a major shopping destination.
The historic Market Quarter has undergone a refurbishment that has enhanced its charms and it is here shoppers can pick up bargains, or once a month enjoy the pleasures of the regular farmers’ and vintage markets.
Altrincham has always been a savvy place. It mixes high street favourites, some which opened as part of the 1st phase of the Stamford Quarter redevelopment , with independents, offering their own personal vision and service.
There are boutiques here that welcome customers in for a cup of tea or a chat whether they buy or not - it’s as much about bringing together the local community, as providing unique shopping experiences.
When a pretty boutique or art gallery opens the locals are out in force, giving it wholehearted support because this is their town and they are proud of what they have on their doorstep.
Altrincham isn’t just a place for excellent shops. It has its own football club, the Ice Dome ice rink, theatre and green spaces like Stamford Park where you can wander on a frosty morning before a hearty breakfast perhaps?
And what a great destination Altrincham is to explore. With car parking improvements, beautiful Dunham Massey on the doorstep and the fact it has those great tram links, it means those who don’t have the good fortune to live here, can still enjoy its enthusiasm and passions.
Where is it?
About eight miles (13 km) southwest of Manchester city centre and three miles (five km) south-southwest of Sale and 10 miles (16 km) east of Warrington.
Altrincham was established as a market town in 1290. There is still a market in the town today. Development came with the extension of the Bridgewater Canal to Altrincham in 1765 and the arrival of the railway in 1849, stimulating industrial activity in the area.
More recently, construction on Altair, a £100 million development on Oakfield Road, is expected to begin in 2013. The scheme includes a hotel, offices, shops and eating places, and is expected to create 2,000 permanent jobs. A further £20 million is earmarked for a refurbishment of the Altrincham Interchange. n