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RetirementMove City Guides: Retiring in Manchester

Published: 22 August 2017

RetirementMove City Guides: Retiring in Manchester


In this third instalment of our series of RetirementMove City Guides, we’re looking at what it’s like to retire to Manchester.

This year Manchester was voted the best UK city to live in by The Global Liveability Survey. Complied by the Economist Intelligence Unit, cities are rated out of 100 in the following five different areas: health care, education, stability, culture and environment and infrastructure. 

Manchester is a vibrant and diverse city and for those who aren’t ready for a quiet retirement it has a lot to offer, both for the lifestyle and property options.


Where to go

You won’t have much difficulty finding things to fill your time in Manchester – there are lots of things to see and do. If you enjoy walking, there are some great routes that highlight the cultural, historical and architectural elements around the city. This article in The Guardian details some of the routes. You could also take a ghostly guided walk around the city, or enjoy a shorter, peaceful stroll along the Canal.  There are also many walking and cycling trails to follow around the Greater Manchester area for all levels of fitness.

Manchester has some beautiful Parks to explore, including Fletcher Moss Park & Botanical Gardens, Didsbury Park which is good for walking and relaxing, and Platt Fields Park where you can spend a morning walking around the beautiful lake.

The city has many art galleries and museums and many have free admission so as a resident you can visit your favourites any time. Some of the more popular ones include: Manchester City Art Gallery, Manchester Museum, Museum of Science & Industry and the People’s History Museum.

If you fancy going slightly further afield and want to take a step back in time, why not visit the Vintage Beauty Parlour and have a retro hair style or visit the Richmond Tea Rooms with a friend and marvel at their selection of cakes that are served on nostalgic Willow Pattern plates.


How to get there

Manchester City Council has made it easy for older people to get around the city. The Council’s website offers a hub of useful information such as a handy journey planner and information about low fares and free travel for over 60’s. It also provides information about a Local Link Mini Bus Service that provides free local travel in Manchester to some concessions.

Top tip! To help plan your journey visit the Councils website and use their handy Journey planner   

Clubs and Associations  

Age UK Manchester supports older people in Manchester and runs many activities for older people from Thai Chi to craft clubs, so there is something for everyone to enjoy. They also offer information and advice which is useful if you are new to the area.

Manchester City Council aims to improve the lives of seniors and has put together a list of age-friendly networks and events for older people. In addition, they’ve compiled a sport and exercise directory for older people, providing an up to date list of sporting activities in and around the city. They also offer year-round free swimming for the over 60’s in Manchester’s public pools.


Manchester boasts a fantastic shopping scene with many shopping centres. The big three are the Arndale, Fort Shopping Park and the Trafford Centre. However, there are also outlet designer shops, independent boutiques and farmers’ and producers’ markets if you don’t fancy traipsing around the larger shopping parks.

Hospitals and Medical Facilities  

There are many private and community hospitals dotted around Manchester. The main hospitals include: North Manchester General Hospital, Manchester Royal Infirmary and Spire Manchester Hospital.

Many hospitals in Manchester specialise in providing care for the elderly like the Central Manchester University Hospital. This hospital aims to provide acute and post-acute care, falls management, movement disorder, diabetes, dementia and rehabilitation care for elderly residents of Manchester.

Top tip! Visit the hospital’s website to find out about all of the different types of care services that are available for older people.

Where to Live in Manchester   

Sometimes it can be quieter to live just outside of the city, so you get all of the benefits a city can bring but also have access to green open spaces and local facilities.

Most of Manchester’s privately-owned retirement properties are located just outside of the city in areas such as Stockport, Cheadle and Urmston. You can see a map of all the retirement developments in the area here.

Retirement Properties for Sale

If you’re considering a retirement move to Manchester, check out this beautifully positioned, recently built, 2 bedroom executive retirement apartment in Woodgrove Court in Stockport, Manchester.

manchester property    

RetirementMove also has retirement properties for sale in Urmston (Oakfield Court), Cheadle (Dutton Court), Sale (Michael Court) and Stockport (Vernon Court).

Do you still like the idea of retirng to a city, but decided Manchester’s not for you? Why not read another article in this series of articles, including Birmingham or London or Newcastle upon Tyne.



Global Liveability Survey:
Manchester City Council:
Age UK Bury:
Visit Manchester:
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