Spotlight on: Knutsford

Although the beautiful town of Knutsford is located only 14 miles south-west of Manchester and a mere five miles away from Manchester Airport – making commuting and jetsetting all the easier – it is a world away from the hustle and bustle of the busy city.

It was home to Victorian author Elizabeth Gaskell, inspiring her various celebrated works such as North and South, Cranford and Mary Barton. It’s easy to see why: with its cobbled streets, quaint shops and picturesque parks, Knutsford is a town that combines the best of a village, with the most sought-after qualities a city has to offer.

Things To Do

For the young and old alike, there is plenty to do in Knutsford. The local cinema and theatre shows current and old classics; local sports societies come in all shapes and sizes, from rugby and squash to rambling and tea dances; and Princess Street and King’s Street, two attractive high streets, have plenty of independent and chain shops to provide retail therapy. Jaeger, Rohan and Fat Face are just some of the brand names you can find along the high street. When combined with the art galleries, coffee shops and antiques, you won’t even need to leave the town for an exciting, activity-filled day!

Where To Eat

Knutsford is a haven for the foodies among us: local restaurants offer dishes from every corner of the world, whether your taste is for Italian, Indian, Chinese, or the traditional gastropub food. For a night on the (small) town, you can enjoy a raspberry mojito at The Botanist, or a (large) glass of red at Corks Out, the wine bar that’s a huge hit with the locals. You don’t need to venture to the big cities to have a wonderful night out – Knutsford is also a stone’s throw away from Mobberley, where you can find charming country pubs The Bull’s Head, The Roebuck and The Church Inn, each complete with beautiful pub gardens for those warm summer evenings.


Knutsford’s winning and unique combination of the old and new mean it is a sought-after destination for homeowners of all walks of life. The small town life is perfect for those who wish to retire in a peaceful community, yet fun-filled enough for families and the younger generation, particularly with Manchester only a stone’s throw away. With its rich history and centuries-old traditions, yet its ability to keep well within the twenty-first century, Knutsford is a town that offers the best of both worlds.