Tucked between Chorlton and Hulme, Whalley Range is a favoured neighbourhood for renters and first-time buyers in Manchester. Houses are much more affordable than neighbouring Chorlton, the streets are leafy and it’s easy to get into the city centre. It may seem like a suburb more desirable for its location than somewhere worth exploring in its own right but there are several reasons to hop on the 86 bus and take a trip to Whalley Range.
Enjoy a delicious dinner at Tibetan Kitchen
At the bottom of Upper Chorlton Road you’ll discover one of Manchester’s dining scenes hidden gems, Tibetan Kitchen. Serving authentic Tibetan food inspired by the owners’ travels in the Himalayas, this small take away also has a small seating area for dining in. Their rice-and-three option is excellent value for money, offering a selection of meat and vegetarian curries for just £6.50. Don’t forget to order a couple of delicious momos as an appetiser.
Tibetan Kitchen, 254 Upper Chorlton Road, Manchester +44 161 881 1966
Drink in the sun at Hilary Step
The favourite bar of many locals, the Hilary Step is perfectly positioned so that its beer garden catches the afternoon sun. In the height of summer you’ll find their outdoor space packed full of locals drinking locally-brewed beer and snacking on cheeseboards. Neighbouring Jam Street and the Nip & Tipple are also worth popping into for a pint.
The Hilary Step, 199 Upper Chorlton Road, Manchester +44 161 881 1978
Discover Home on the Range
The Carlton Club is a non-religious, non-political social club nestled in the heart of Whalley Range, tempting in locals with its cheap bar and pool tables. The cavernous space boasts a large dance floor and a stage, regularly hosting popular club nights and gigs. One of their most popular nights is the monthly Home on the Range, a legendary party that always ensures a full dance floor.
The Carlton Club, Rowan Lodge, 113 Carlton Rd, Manchester +44 161 881 3042
Visit the British Muslim Heritage Centre
One of the most striking buildings in Whalley Range has got to be the British Muslim Heritage Centre on College Road. This early Gothic Revival building has had many uses since it was first built in the 1840s, and has been nominated for an Arts and Culture Awareness award several times since being in its current use. The centre regularly hosts community open days, offering tours of the Grade II listed buildings, exhibitions to discover and even Arabic calligraphy workshops.
Enjoy one of South Manchester’s best parks
Located at the edge of Whalley Range, Alexandra Park was given a multi-million pound revamp several years ago, creating a large green space that is now enjoyed by local people all year round. There are large meadows perfect for walking the dog, picnicking in summer or playing sports, as well as tennis courts, a cricket oval and a cafe housed within the old pavilion building. The park is also the site of Manchester’s popular Caribbean festival.