Altrincham is in the Metropolitan Borough of Trafford in Greater Manchester and lies within the historic County boundaries of Cheshire. The town has rather subsumed the neighbouring boroughs of Hale, Timperley, Broadheath, Hale Barns and Bowdon.

Altrincham Town Hall

Get in

Altrincham Interchange is the main transport hub for Altrincham and contains the Tram, Train and Bus Stations; it also has the main taxi rank.

By tram

A Metrolink tram at Altrincham Interchange

Altrincham is served by the excellent Metrolink tram system from Manchester city centre and other destinations in Greater Manchester. Timperley, Navigation Road and Altrincham are all tram stops within Altrincham borough; Altrincham is the tram terminus. Currently direct 12-minute services operate to both Ethiad Campus via Manchester City Centre and Manchester Piccadilly for mainline trains and to Deansgate Castlefield this gives a 6-minute service to the edge of Manchester city centre.

On Sundays between 07:00 and 22:30 there is a 12-minute service that runs to Ethiad Campus. If travelling on a weekend and particularly a Sunday it is worth checking that there are not alterations to the service, again as part of the Metrolink expansion/improvement works.

Metrolink tickets must be purchased from machines on the platform before you travel.

Service disruption: St Peter’s Square tram stop will be closed until the end of August 2016. Trams are currently either terminating at Deansgate-Castlefield or running through St Peter’s Square BUT NOT STOPPING. Bus replacement services and ‘walking routes’ have been set up and you are advised to check the TfGM website for detailed updates.

By train

If travelling from Manchester Piccadilly it can be more convenient to take the train rather than the tram, prices are similar, travel times are similar; the advantage is that you are on the same level if changing trains. The disadvantage is that trains only leave every hour as opposed to every twelve minutes of the tram (6-minutes if you change trams at St Peter's Square). Train tickets may be purchased either on the train or at the station. The Altrincham train usually leaves Piccadilly from Platform 11 and is the Chester (via Northwich) train.

Altrincham's main station is Altrincham which is also a Metrolink terminus, but Hale and Navigation Road stations are on the same line and also offers train services to Manchester, Stockport, Knutsford, Northwich and Chester. If travelling from London on Virgin Trains, all their trains stop at Stockport; it can be easier to alight at Stockport and catch an Altrincham train from there. As has been stated though, check the timetable as they are normally only one train per hour.

The train from Manchester Piccadilly to Altrincham continues to the Roman town of Chester and passes through the Cheshire countryside and various towns and villages on the way. It is good value for money, though not a particularly luxurious train.

Tickets can be bought from the conductor on the train. If there are two of you travelling, look out/request 'Duo' tickets where the second passenger travels half price.

By plane

Manchester Airport is only a few miles away. Buses (Arriva No. 18) are available to Altrincham from the airport however taxis are often the best choice. It is possible to travel into Manchester by train and then to Altrincham by either tram or train. Alternatively you can travel by tram from the Airport to Cornbrook and then onto Altrincham by tram from there (This is NOT a fast journey and will take about 90-minutes).

By bus

Altrincham Bus Station is part of Altrincham Interchange and is adjacent to the Railway Station on Stamford New Road.

Buses from Manchester are available, though invariably take longer than the tram or train. Buses are also available to many other destinations including Manchester Airport, The Trafford Centre, Knutsford and Warrington via Lymm.

By car

The nearest motorway is the M56, which passes within a few miles of the town; you can use Junction 7 (Bowdon) and then the historic A56 (which was once the Roman road from Chester to Manchester) or Junction 6 (Hale Barnes) and use Hale Road. Both these will take you into Altrincham town centre.

However, when travelling from London and the south the M6 (junction 19) is only about 6.5mi to the southwest of Altrincham. Travelling to Altrincham from Manchester City Centre the most direct route is along the A56 through Stretford and Sale.

Car Parks are well signed, most require a nominal payment.

By taxi

The main taxi rank is in front of the Altrincham Interchange by the clock tower on Stamford New Road.

By boat

If you fancy a novel way of accessing the town why not cruise in a narrow boat along the Bridgewater Canal which passes through Broadheath on its way from Manchester to Runcorn.

Get around

The town centre is best explored on foot, if you are travelling to the outlying areas then either local buses or the tram or train.


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Timperley Sports Club


Once a major retail centre hosting higher-end retailers and independents, the retail scene in Altrincham Town Centre had deteriorated in recent years but is now undergoing a major revival. It has concentrated on being a food and drink town with some retail outlets; there are a few independent stores (some listed below) and the usual high street favourites can be found at the north end of George Street in Altrincham (Marks and Spencer, Waterstones, Next, W H Smiths, Boots and Rackhams). The Market is thriving and well worth a visit. Hale village also has a good selection of independent retailers.

Altrincham Market


Goose Green



Cresta Court Hotel, Altrincham


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