Didsbury is the most sought-after and prestigious of the South Manchester suburbs (although often contested by Chorlton!), and lies 4.5 miles south of the city centre. Didsbury was originally a Saxon fort. Although it is so close to the city centre the area retains a village community identity. Didsbury is split into three districts, West Didsbury, Didsbury Village and East Didsbury.
West Didsbury has a bohemian feel and along Burton Road you will find a selection of bars, restaurants and independent shops. If you are looking for a spot of karaoke The Thai E Sarn (Crazy Wendys) is well known across Manchester with the Owner, Wendy getting involved in the singing.
The Metropolitan pub, a former Victorian railway hotel is now one of the most popular places in the area to meet up for food and drinks on a night out. TV chef Simon Rimmers ‘Greens’ is a vegetarian restaurant serving what it describes ‘Imaginative dishes packed with flavour.’
Didsbury High Street is home to brand names, as well as a host of trendy and traditional bars, cafés and restaurants. It has a busy and friendly night-life, with the pavements alive with drinkers in the summer.
At the Parrswood centre in East Didsbury there is a large cinema complex with a Bowling alley a pub and several chain restaurants.
In West Didsbury houses are largely Period semis and terraces. Some of the larger properties have been converted into apartments and there is a selection of new builds fronting the Princess Parkway.
East Didsbury consists mainly of 1930’s and 1940’s semi’s and detached with gardens. There are new build and older style flats off the Kingsway near the train station.
In Didsbury Village property is at a premium and there are a selection of houses and apartments.
Didsbury is close to the M60 motorway, and is also just 4 miles from Manchester Airport. The area is served by very frequent buses to and from the city centre- Wilmslow road is in fact the busiest bus route in Europe. The nearest train stations are East Didsbury and Burnage.
Across Didsbury there are seven primary schools and two high schools- Parrs Wood High School which specialises in arts and technology, and Barlow RC High School who specialise in science. There is also the Manchester College Fielden Campus, and Manchester Metropolitan University’s Didsbury Campus.
There are a wide variety of sports teams, from bowls to American football, and lots of parks (Fletcher Moss Botanical Garden, Didsbury Park, and Marie Louise Gardens). Didsbury Sports Centre provides a fitness suite and classes and facilities for badminton and tennis.