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A Day Out: Things to Do in Altrincham

Escape from the city for a day, with plenty to explore in Altrincham

‘Staycations’ have been all the rage this summer, but as we edge closer to Autumn, we can’t help but think of the outer-city days out waiting to be rediscovered. This time, we’re journeying just a little outside of the city of Manchester and rounding up the best things to see and do for a day out in Altrincham. From lush, green walks, to food and drink – or even ice-skating, there’s something for everyone just a tram ride out of the city.


Dunham Massey Hall & Gardens

Charcoal Road, WA14 4SJ

This grand estate consisting of a medieval deer park, ornate gardens and a Georgian hall – now maintained by the National Trust – provides enough wildlife, history and stories for everyone. Explore the country house on weekdays, showing treasures from the collections, or stroll through the deer park ­– one of the few remaining. The sprawling gardens provide an ever-changing backdrop, with a Winter Garden and Rose Garden to keep track of the seasons.

Booking your visit no longer necessary – prices and visitor information can be viewed here.


Denzell Gardens

Dunham Road, WA14 4QF

For a tranquil, green escape a little closer to civilisation, Denzell Gardens is about a 20-minute walk from Hale railway station. A historic walking and relaxation area, Denzell Gardens have been restored in recent years and now boast the Green Flag award for public parks. The grand Denzell House was built in 1874 and has a rich history, as well as the land surrounding it. Take a walk through the gardens and explore the ornamental pond, as well as the newly renovated Sunken Garden and Peace Garden.


Altrincham Market

The Market Hall, Greenwood Street, WA14 1SA

Consisting of an outdoor market and lively indoor food hall, Altrincham Market – the older sister of Mackie Mayor in Manchester’s Northern Quarter – is a must-visit, ensuring everyone gets a taste of what they like. With top local food vendors including Mexican eats from Pico’s Tacos, seasonal sourdough pizza by Honest Crust, and regional produce from Little Window, and plenty more talent to browse around the market.



56 Greenwood Street, WA14 1RZ

After the local food and a brisk walk in the fresh air, you’ll probably be looking for a gift (or a few) to take home. IDAHO is a beautifully curated lifestyle store on the bustling Greenwood Street, with colourful, artistic homeware, beauty and bath products, and cards and gifts. Discover your favourite artist or maker, and return home with a new and improved style.


Planet Ice Iceskating

Oakfield Road, WA15 8EW

An active day out for all involved, Planet Ice has reopened its rinks, so the whole family can try out their skills on the ice – or book a course of lessons to build your confidence! Conveniently situated next to Altrincham Interchange, Planet Ice offers family tickets for less than £10, with skate hire available, as well as an on-site bar and café. Simply book a time slot online.