Located around one mile from Manchester city centre, Ardwick is a district where you can get away from the hustle and bustle. Yet, its proximity to the action means you're never far from places like The Northern Quarter and Castlefield.
But what's it really like living in Ardwick? We're exploring the district in our latest Manchester guide, so read on and discover everything you need to know about Ardwick, including its history, rental prices and things to do and see.
On a map
Ardwick is a district of Manchester and is located around one mile south-east of the city centre. It's around four miles from Salford Quays and falls under the M12 and M13 postcodes.
History of Ardwick
During the mid-nineteenth century, Ardwick had evolved from a small village to a wealthy suburb of Manchester. By the end of the century, however, it had become heavily industrialised.
The decline of the industrial era coincided with Ardwick's own downturn, as it became one of the most deprived areas in Manchester. And it wasn't until the redevelopment and regeneration in the early 2000s until Ardwick again became an appealing place to live.
Who lives there?
According to the last census, Ardwick has a population of 19,250. There is a median age of 30, and the amount of renters and homeowners is relatively even split, with 50.9% renting their home and 49.1% owner-occupiers.
Renting in Ardwick
Ardwick offers a good variety of properties, including new builds and period homes. Expect to pay around £680 per month for a one-bedroom home, £800 per month for a two-bedroom property and from £1,200 per month for a three-bedroom-plus house.
Ardwick train station is served by the Hope Valley Line and offers direct services to Manchester Piccadilly. There is also a local bus service that goes to Manchester city centre and Salford.
Sample some of the finest steaks around at Hawksmoor Manchester, which is one of the city's best steakhouses. Tuck into to succulent cuts of beef and wash them down with a red or white from the international wine menu.
Escape to Evuna Deansgate and feel like you've been whisked away to Spain. This Spanish restaurant has a traditional look with exposed brick and outdoor seating. Order the salt-baked sea bass, which is a favourite on the menu.
Things to do in Ardwick
Head to the Art-deco style Manchester Apollo and catch a musical performance. The venue has a capacity of 3,000 and is sponsored by O2, with previous performers including David Bowie, Morrissey, and the Happy Mondays.
Visit the Theatre of Dreams and watch Manchester United play in front of 78,000-plus fans. United is one of the most successful teams in the world, and you'll be just four miles from their stadium in Ardwick.
Manchester city centre is home to Arndale, one of the largest shopping centres in the north. Shop the latest looks at designer boutiques before heading to Selfridges and Harvey Nichols, two of the UK's most stylish departmental stores.
Moving to Ardwick
If you're looking for somewhere that offers something a little different from the city centre, Ardwick could just be the place for you. Just one mile outside of the centre of Manchester, living in Ardwick means you're close enough to the action but can still enjoy a more peaceful way of life.