The name "Didsbury" is quintessentially posh. So it shouldn't come as a surprise to learn that this Manchester postcode is one of the city's more affluent areas. It's also one of the most sought-after.
Sitting in the suburbs, Didsbury enjoys close proximity to the city centre and offers plenty of village vibes. The area comprises three sections: Didsbury Village, West Didsbury and East Didsbury, with all three complementing each other nicely.
But what's it like to live in Didsbury? In our latest Manchester area guide, we're shining a spotlight on the M20 postcode of Didsbury. So read on and find out what it's like to live in this desierable Manchester area.
On a map
Didsbury is a suburban area in Manchester and sits on the north bank of the River Mersey. It's around 4.5 miles to Manchester city centre and falls under the Greater Manchester metropolitan county.
The name Didsbury comes from the Anglo-Saxon Dyddi's burg, which likely relates to a man called Dyddi who was possibly the initial owner of the area. From the 13th century, Didsbury was often referred to as Dydesbyre, Dydesbiri, Didsbury and Dodesbury.
Didsbury played a significant role in the movement of troops during the English Civil War, thanks to its position as one of the only places between Stretford and Stockport where the River Mersey could be forded.
By the 18th century, Didsbury became a popular home for many immigrants – especially from a Jewish background. During the Victorian expansion of Manchester, Didsbury cemented its reputation as a prosperous area with its many mansion houses.
Who lives there?
Didsbury has a population of around 50,000 and a median age of 31. It's popular with young families who are looking to lay down roots, as well as younger demographics who enjoy the more relaxed settings than those found the city centre. 67% of residents in Didsbury rent their home.
Renting in Didsbury
Expect to find pretty Victorian houses and other charming properties in Didsbury. There's a variety of house types on offer, from studio apartments to large family homes.
A one-bedroom apartment in Didsbury averages around £700 per month and a two-bedroom home achieves in the region of £850. Family homes can market for anywhere between £1,000 and £2,000 per month.
East Didsbury train station runs between Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Airport, while Didsbury Village, West Didsbury and East Didsbury all have a stop on the Manchester Metrolink. Didsbury is also close to the M60 motorway and offers good access for vehicle owners.
No 4 Wine & Dine
A local neighbourhood restaurant, No 4 Wine & Dine is tucked away on one of the last cobbled streets in Didsbury Village. It serves modern English food and is situated in a building that is almost 200 years old.
Set in a former bank, Hispi is an award-winning bistro serving up plenty of treats in Didsbury. Enjoy relaxed settings while you tuck into a bistro menu that includes ox heart kebab, butter roasted pork ribeye and more.
The Botanist Didsbury
Sample modern European dishes at The Botanist Didsbury and make sure you order their world-famous hanging kebabs. Choose from a selection that includes chicken, lamb kofta and crispy halloumi and wash them down with one of the options from the cocktail menu.
Things to do in Didsbury
Fletcher Moss Botanical Gardens
Didsbury is known for many scenic open spaces, but the Moss Botanical Gardens is arguably the best of the lot. Wander the gardens and discover rich flora and fauna amongst tranquil settings.
Perhaps the most sought-after part of the area, Didsbury Village is lined with boutique shops, restaurants and cafes to explore. Didsbury Village is the heartbeat of the M20 postcode.
A local event in Didsbury, Westfest is a prime example of a neighbourhood fully embedded in the ideals of a community. The event is a celebration of the community's independence and is a showcase of the many great local businesses in the area.
Moving to Didsbury
If you're looking for something away from the hustle and bustle of neighbourhoods like Deansgate and the Northern Quarter, Didsbury is the area for you. With scenic open spaces, independent shops and restaurants and relaxing village settings, Didsbury is your chance to live in a prime hotspot in Manchester.