Area guide - Levenshulme
Nestled against Burnage and Fallowfield to Manchester’s south-east, Levenshulme – or Levy as it’s commonly nicknamed – is one of the city’s fastest-changing neighbourhoods. Currently it’s attracting more and more residents looking for a vibrant community feel without the expensive purchase and rental prices found in the centre.
Levenshulme is well-connected to the rest of the area via its busy railway station. Direct services to Manchester Piccadilly, Hazel Grove, Alderley Edge and Crewe make commuting and exploring easy, while numerous local bus services also offer connections far and wide.
Food and drink
Levy’s independent food and drink scene is an obvious draw. Local gems include Station Hop bottle shop and taproom, Trove Café, Jandol Lebanese Restaurant and the Antiques Village Tea Rooms, so there’s plenty for foodies to get their teeth into. There’s a good choice of traditional pubs too, including the easy to remember Levenshulme, and the Blue Bell Inn which claims to have served Dick Turpin regularly many years ago. For more day-to-day requirements, there are numerous big-name supermarkets and independent grocers in easy reach.
There are a number of primary schools in a short walk or drive of Levenshulme centre, including St. Richard’s RC, St. Agnes Church of England, Grange School and Birchfields Primary. The well-regarded Manchester High School for Girls, Levenshulme High School and Manchester Grammar School are all within a ten-minute drive.
Every Saturday between March and October Levenshulme Market offers a wide range of stalls and pop-ups, too, and there’s even a Community Radio Station and pop-up cinema. The high street is populated by a wide array of convenient shops and eateries, and as a multicultural area there are also lots of places for people of all faiths to practice.
In the very centre of Levenshulme is Crowcroft Park, which offers a wide range of events and fun facilities for all ages. As well as a children's play area, locals can enjoy a multi-use games area, a bowling green with its own pavilion, a community meeting room, and a small skate park. Slightly further away, but still walkable, is Nutsford Vale Park and the highly popular Birchfields Park.