A Guide to Living in Stockport
As you may know, Stockport is transforming into one of the most sought-after places to live in the Northwest, from its vibrant town centre overflowing with quirky independent shops to the abundance of local parks, green-spaces and gardens - all within close proximity to Manchester City Centre, Manchester Airport and even the Peak District. So, here’s everything you need to know about being a ‘Stopfordian’.
Where the Goyt and Tame meet, you will find the River Mersey running through the heart of Stockport. Known for its legacy of hat making, much of Stockport’s industrial production hubs have now become attractions for tourists and locals to visit. Taking centre stage (our bias opinion?!) is the town centre’s famous Viaduct. The momentous structure is 33.85m high and contains around 11 million bricks, making it the largest brick-built structure in Western Europe.
In the 19th Century, Little Underbank was the most vibrant and popular shopping street in Stockport, yet reduced foot fall and investment led to a decline that we could see as recently as 10 years ago. However, things are changing.
As part of a multi-million-pound regeneration to the area, Stockport’s Underbanks are set to become a fluid corridor of modern shops, eateries and social spaces leading you to the centre of the town. Known for its historic buildings, the conservation area is increasing in popularity and is allowing for sensitive restoration to make use of its original character and bring it forward to modern day use.
Off the back of a 500-person consultation, the regeneration will include the pedestrianisation of the marketplace and much of the underbanks, allowing residents to enjoy shops, bars, and restaurants at peak times without the interruption of cars.
Connect to Nature
From Tudor manor houses to vast boating lakes, you are never short of amazing green spaces to visit when in Stockport. Whether you are grabbing a coffee and a cake from Alexandra Park or losing yourself in nature at Etherow’s woodland trail, the beauty of nature is never too far from your doorstep. Here are our top 5 parks to visit:
Etherow Country Park
Despite the region’s latest state-of-the-art cinema, Redrock, opening its doors in recent years, Stockport has an esteemed heritage when it comes to going to the ‘pictures’. The Savoy Cinema in Heaton Moor is almost 100 years old and an extremely valued landmark within the local community. Do not be fooled by its Baroque Style design and vintage exterior, as many of the latest releases are ready to watch!
Now, everyone has heard of Stockport Plaza – haven't they? This double act transforms from a 1930’s cinema into a Variety Theatre, hosting a wide range of events from Comedy, pantomimes and even concerts! Local Stockport band Blossoms have most noticeably performed several of their album release gigs here, so it is always worth keeping your eye out for the next event. Oh, and did we mention they have 1932 style café?!
We could not write this without mentioning Where the Light Gets In. The acclaimed restaurant serves up seasonal based dishes, collecting produce from farmers and fisherman from all over the isles. They are also leading the way in sustainability, so much so they have been awarded a Green Michelin Star. But don’t just take our word for it, try it for yourself.
It is worth marking the last Friday of every month as busy in your calendar because venturing down to ‘Foodie Friday’ is an absolute must! Perfect for all the family or a night out with friends, the event creates a continental style, street-food culture within Stockport’s beautiful old town. The buzzing atmosphere is curated by the wide range of bars and pubs integrated into the event, with exciting entertainment and plenty of new dishes to choose from.
If you are a creative yourself or just envious of those who are, Stockport Makers Market hosts an abundance of the North Wests finest makers, bakers, and creators every 2nd Saturday of the Month. Head down to the Market place for mid-day to fill up on cakes and culture.
Ready to experience Stockport at its fullest? Get in touch today to learn more about our developments, find out which homes are available and how we can help you get on the property ladder.