Chorlton Centre

West Stretford, 1 mile

City village with unusual shopping


image of chorlton-centre
(no website)

Get there

Public transport: Many buses. ‘Chorlton’ tram stop, 5 mins. Private Transport: A carpark behind the shopping centre with a poor reputation. Supermarket carparks. Streets are densely parked—so yes, but not easy.


Wilbraham Road, through Chorlton‐cum‐Hardy, is part of an important circular route across south Manchester, always noisy and busy. Chorlton‐cum‐Hardy is a suburban village street, perhaps 1/3 mile shops. The buildings are notable but not worth a visit. However, the cafes and coffee shops are… conceived. The charity shops are strong on books and literature. Chorlton also has specialist shops—books, cheese, vegetables, hippie and so forth. If you turn towards Manchester centre, down Barlow Moor Road, the shops become eccentric, ending with the Unicorn Cooperative Grocery. Chorlton developed in an ususual way, like a mini‐city, but nowadays comes on as an inner‐city quarter that broke it’s moorings. If you enjoy that kind of shopping, easy to spend an afternoon here. Worth noting: the Mersey area (River Mersey West, River Mersey East) is 1.5 miles away on busy roads, so can’t be regarded as the same visit destination.