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South Manchester covers the south of Manchester as far south as the M60. It lies within The Historic County Boundaries of Lancashire. It contains amongst others, the following neighbourhoods:

  • Didsbury Historically, this was the home of many of the wealth merchants who traded in the city and is an area with strong Jewish links. It was further developed as railways grew with much more housing built in the 1930s. It is one of the most up-market and expensive residential districts within Manchester. here you will find a mixed academic cosmopolitan community with a smattering of media stars. It offers a wide selection of bars, cafes and restaurants and looks and feels more like an English village than a suburban district 4 miles south of the city centre. Didsbury is often a destination of choice for many people, from elsewhere in the city and beyond, for a meal or drink, in one of the many such bars and restaurants, some of which spill out onto the streets in the summer months.
  • Hulme is at the heart of Manchester's counterculture, the area had suffered badly from inept town planning throughout the 1970s until early 1990s. Regeneration of old housing has improved the appearance of the district.It is one of the birth places of the European dance scene and home to a vibrant multi-cultural population of artists, punks, anarchists, environmental activists and party people.
  • Moss Side Just to the west of Rusholme, is home to a large African and West Indian community a lively an yet tough area is worth a visit for its Caribbean cuisine and pubs.
  • Whalley Range Referred to as "Leafy Whalley Range" is one of Manchester's first and finest suburbs started in the early 1830s, built by local banker and businessman Samuel Brooks as "a desirable estate for gentlemen and their families". Here you will find Grand Victorian houses within beautiful tree-lined streets that border Alexandra Park.
  • Chorlton-cum-Hardy Known as Chorlton, this is one of the hippest suburbs of Manchester and residential area of choice for the city's arts, theatre, and music crowd. It offers a wide range of continental-style cafe bars and eateries with trendy shopping around Beach Road and Chorlton Green.
  • Withington Is a diverse district housing a mixture of "professionals" and "students" and close to the University of Manchester and the Manchester Metropolitan University.
  • Rusholme A multi-cultural community, home to the largest concentration of South Asian restaurants in Manchester known as the "Curry Mile" (along Wilmslow Road). Here you find cuisine from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, North Africa and the Middle East.

Get in

By air

Manchester Airport is located to the South of Greater Manchester and offers Domestic, European and Intercontinental flights. Direct trains serve Salford Crescent from the Airport's railway station. However, to reach most parts of the city, the best option would be to take a train to Manchester city centre and take a tram from Piccadilly, a train from Piccadilly or Victoria to the relevant suburban stop, or a bus.

Liverpool John Lennon Airport is located approximately 30 miles to the West of Manchester and can be reached by car, via the M62, or by coach, which stops at Manchester Chorlton Street and Eccles without the need for pre-booking. Liverpool Airport is served primarily by budget carriers.

Barton Aerodrome, between Eccles and Worsley, is now called City Airport. It contains the South Lancashire Aeroclub, which offer pleasure flights.

By train

The train line from the city centre to the airport passes through south Manchester. So, for example, the quickest way to get from the airport to Didsbury Village is to get the train to East Didsbury and then walk or catch the bus along Wilmslow Road.

In general, the train service in South Manchester offers inferior coverage and frequency, in comparison to the bus service. However, if it is going where you want it will probably be much quicker.

Most train services in South Manchester go to Manchester Piccadilly station, which is offers connections to much of Britain.

By tram

Manchester's Metrolink tram system runs through much of South Manchester, offering easy access to Didsbury, Chorlton, Withington and other destinations.

By bus

By car


  • Manchester Airport Visitor Park. Located on the south-western side of Manchester Airport, the visitor park is well worth a visit for any aviation enthusiast. It's home to the flagship of the British Airways Concorde fleet, as well as offering excellent views over the airport apron, taxiways and runways.
  • Baguley Park. Small play area for children surrounded by large grass areas and housing.


  • DUFFA (Didsbury Ultimate Frisbee For Amateurs), . If you fancy something a little different, this Didsbury society is free and open to all. Free.



  • Sultan Restaurant, 513 Wilmslow Rd, Withington M20 4BA. A hidden local gem of superb Mediterranean and middle eastern cuisine. Run by the former chef of the very successful restaurant Aladdin, it offers generous portions at low prices with many vegetarian options. They do not sell alcohol, but you are welcome to bring your own bottle; there is no corking fee.
  • 1 Desi Roots, 483 Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton-cum-Hardy M21 8AG, +44 161 881-8969. Traditional Indian Restaurant mains from £8.


Wilbraham Road, Barlow Moor Road and Beech Road are all peppered with bars catering to both local and hipster alike. All are easily accessible from the Chorlton Metrolink stop.


  • Radisson Blu Manchester Airport, Chicago Avenue, M90 3RA, +44 161 490-5000. The Radisson Blu Hotel Manchester Airport is the only hotel directly connected to the Manchester Airport terminals. There is easy access to popular city attractions, including the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester United Football Club and Manchester Evening News Arena.
  • Didsbury House, Didsbury House Hotel Didsbury Park, Didsbury Village, M20 5LJ, +44 161 448-2200, . A small, luxurious hotel in Didsbury village.
  • Airport Inn Manchester, Altrincham Road, Wilmslow, SK9 4LR, +44 871 221 0247. The Airport Inn Manchester is conveniently located next to the runway at Manchester Airport, less than 10 minutes from the terminals. It is in a great location for exploring Manchester.


This district travel guide to South is a usable article. It has information for getting in as well as some complete entries for restaurants and hotels. An adventurous person could use this article, but please feel free to improve it by editing the page.

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