The phrase “heart of the action” couldn't be apt for Deansgate, a mile-long stretch that connects every part of the city centre. This historic thoroughfare is one of the liveliest spots in Manchester and was home to the first million-pound property in the city.
Fortunately, the average asking rents don’t come anywhere near such extravagance. Renters will enjoy a blend of old and new, along with innovation and culture, in what is a thriving hub in the city centre.
Deansgate is a long stretch of road that goes through the entire city centre. It’s over a mile long and runs north-south in a near straight route through the western part of the city centre.
There is a range of transport options in Deansgate, including buses, trains and Metrolink. Deansgate station is the leading train service and is also linked to the Deansgate-Castlefield Metrolink. Several local buses are also available. Deansgate’s central location means getting around the city centre on foot is achieved with ease.
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Deansgate’s thoroughfare is one of the oldest in the city, dating as far back as Roman times. Initially, the route passed the Roman fort and Mamucium, leading to the River Medlock, which was a ford and road to Chester.
Named after the lost River Dene, Deansgate evolved in the 1730s, going from rural to a built-up area after development of a quay of the river. As of the late 19th century, Deansgate had two contrasting sections: the south side was a working-class area and filled with slums, while the north side had become a shopping hub and had many offices.
At one point, crime was so bad in the south end of Deansgate that police refused to enter the area in fear of their safety. The Wood Street Mission started addressing the issues in the area, a successful intervention that planted the seeds which allowed Deansgate to thrive and become the bustling, modern hub it is today.
Modern residential developments make up the vast majority of properties in Deansgate, thanks to extensive regeneration over the years. West Tower Deansgate is a brand new build-to-rent development just a stone’s throw away from all the action.
Other popular developments in the area include Local Blackfriars and Uncle. All three developments are part of Movebubble One. A one-bedroom apartment averages £915 per month in Deansgate, while two-bedroom properties achieve in the region of £1,290. Three-bed-and-up properties average £2,500.
First opened in 2002, Evuna is a Spanish tapas restaurant and fine wine house in the heart of Deansgate. Not only can you enjoy authentic, tasty tapas from Spain; you can also sample a vast selection of wines and even take them home.
Address: 277-279 Deansgate, Manchester M3 4EW
Hawksmoor is one of the UK’s finest steak restaurants, and Deansgate renters have access to one right on their doorstep. Located in a Victorian courthouse, Hawksmoor Manchester claims to serve the best steaks in the city. There’s only one way for you to find out if they live up to their word.
Address: 184-186 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3WB
You will find Don Marco just a few steps from the famous Hilton hotel on Deansgate. This little Italian gem provides pastas, pizzas and more in the settings of a friendly neighbourhood restaurant that also manages to encapsulate vibes from some of the world’s biggest cities, such as Milan and New York.
Address: 1-3 Campfield Avenue Arcade, Manchester M3 4FH
The Deansgate Tavern is a traditional pub serving up a range of thirst-quenching ales and terrific pub grub. The interiors are rustic, and the staff are welcoming. Drop by with friends for a few drinks after work, or head there on the weekend for a bite.
Address: 321 Deansgate, Manchester M3 4LQ
With Mancunian roots running through its veins, and a location right in the heart of the city, The Liquor Store encompasses everything that is Manchester. Expect to find liquors from around the world. You can even stop by for a gin or cocktail masterclass.
Address: Maybrook House, 40 Blackfriars St, Manchester M3 2EG
The Living Room has been a favourite in Manchester for 20 years. The cocktail bar provides a selection of liqueurs, from Pornstar Martinis to Pinot Grigio. There’s also a restaurant on hand, and the venue can be used for private bookings.
Address: 80 Deansgate, Manchester M3 2ER
Renters living in Deansgate have a wealth of retail options on their doorstep. The Avenue in Spinningfields, just off Deansgate, features designer stores, while a House of Fraser can also be found in the area. Manchester Arndale Shopping Centre is nearby and is the third-largest mall in Europe. Arndale attracts 41 million visitors per year is minutes away from Market Street and Exchange square, Manchester’s primary shopping streets.
Beetham Tower is a landmark attraction in Manchester. The 47-storey skyscraper is seen as the starting point for many in Deansgate and represents the modernity of the area. The National Football Museum is at the opposing end of Beetham Tower and features plenty of memorabilia for football fanatics to discover. The Opera House is also located in the area.
Moving to Deansgate
Deansgate is for those who want to be right in the heart of the action. With modern residential developments, a plethora of amenities close by, and excellent travel links, Deansgate living epitomises “city living” in Manchester.