Area guide - Burnage
With its close proximity to Withington, Didsbury, Heaton Chapel and Levenshulme, Burnage is right in the sweet spot for getting the best of each – from cool bars to delectable delis – whilst being affordable and leafy. It’s also virtually inside Cringle Park, with Highfield Country park just the other side of the A6, and with lots of properties offering gardens it tends to be on most peoples’ search list if they’re after a family home in south Manchester.
Burnage station and Mauldeth Road station are both within reach from Burnage, and can pop you into Piccadilly in 8 mins or Stockport in 7 mins. Big wins for commuters, and indeed anyone who fancies a car-free jaunt into either by night or day. Buses are also plentiful, and the A6 gives a direct route into Manchester and out into the heart of the Peak District.
Food and drink
Burnage has a few culinary delights right on its doorstep – Cakeaway cake shop and The Food Box to name just two. Because of its border with Levenshulme and Heaton Chapel, Burnage residents can also enjoy the best of both, nipping up the A6 to visit Trove bakery and brunch café and Jandol Lebanese deli and restaurant, or down it to find Heaton Hops and gastro pubs galore. Plus, of course, all the best flavours of Didsbury are just a hop away, from the Botanist restaurant, Metropolitan pub, and Alberts to the legendary Axons butchers.
Burnage has plenty of schools to choose from for kids of all ages, with St Mary’s RC Primary School, Alma Park Primary School and Cringle Brook Primary School all in close proximity of the centre. When the time comes for the big move to secondary school, there are some excellent choices nearby too. Withington Girls' School, Manchester High School for Girls, The Manchester Grammar School and Levenshulme High School all have strong local reputations, as does Melland High School described as ‘outstandingly effective’ by Ofsted.
All the essential daily amenities are easily reached by foot or a brief car journey, including a sizeable Tesco Superstore, a medical centre and numerous pharmacies. All the major banks are easily located in the surrounding areas too, the closest being NatWest in Heaton Moor – just next to the station. In fact, because Burnage is surrounded on all sides by busy mini-centres, pretty much everything you need is in easy reach.
Burnage is well positioned to make use of a number of local green spaces. It’s directly served by Cringle Fields Park – which boasts bowling greens, well- maintained recreational lawns, walking trails, football pitches fields, tennis courts and a children’s playground. But it’s also handy for Ladybarn Park and Fog Lane Park if you’re on the western side, or Highfield Country Park if you’re on the east. The river Mersey walks are easily reached too, and if you’re in the mood for something more adventurous you can be in the peaks in a little over half an hour by car.