I’m an Edinburgh native and before I moved to Manchester, my idea was to live in the Northern Quarter or the iconic Hacienda apartments. When it actually came to me moving, I decided I wanted to be near boyfriend’s family and friends as the city was very new to me, so we decided to rent in Walkden. Fast forward three and a half years, and we have now bought our first house here!
Worsley is only six miles away from Manchester city centre, which is ideal for me as I work in the centre of town. I choose to commute by train as the traffic can be horrendous and my journey is less than twenty minutes.
I’m also lucky to be five miles away from the Trafford Centre, where I can do my Christmas shopping during the week when it’s not so manic!
If you’re new to the area or just visiting, here is my list of things to do in Worsley, Salford.
A quaint little village, with picturesque views and beautiful architecture, it is a perfect place to step away from the hustle and bustle of the city. You can spend an afternoon walking along the Bridgewater canal following the heritage trails but I must warn you - you WILL get major house envy! After all that walking, you can grab a refreshment at the pubs situated in the heart of the village.
I love going for a walk on a Sunday afternoon or on a sunny evening, and there’s a variety of routes that are suitable for all ages and ability. The loopline is a popular route former railway and has been made into a public footpath and runs through Little Hulton, Walkden, Worsley, Monton and Eccles.
Worsley woods is also a great way to escape city life and enjoy the fresh air.
Okay, so there may not be as many options for food as Chorlton or Didsbury for example, but there are a few hidden gems! If pub food is your meal of choice then there’s The Woodside, Bulls Head (Wetherspoons) or The John Gilbert all within a walkable distance.
No visit to Worsley is complete without visiting Worsley Old Hall. The building is an impressive 17th Century country house and they offer up-market pub food, cask ales and speciality menus. In summer, the huge beer garden is particularly popular - that’s worth the visit itself! In Winter, they have large coal fires going - a cracking way to spend a cold evening!
I personally love going to Davardis, a (very!) small family run pizza restaurant/takeaway. There’s about 10 tables inside and you can’t book but it is BYO so you can get a starter and main for around £10 - perfect!
Another hidden gem that I’ve recently stumbled upon is The Fifth Steakhouse. Slightly more pricier than what’s around but trust me, it is definitely worth it - it’s the best steak I’ve ever had! The service is fantastic too! Other up-market options include Georges, owned by Ryan Giggs (!) and Vesuvio.
A few independent cafes have popped up recently and Tito Joe’s is perfect for spending a lazy Saturday morning with delicious coffee and even more delicious cakes!
Strip Health Cafe is a new addition to Walkden and is owned by Hollyoaks star Kieron Richardson! Offering healthy substitutes to fast food, it is popular with gym goers and people looking for an alternative.