Manchester has a thriving inner-city housing market, with multi-use developments springing up all over the city. The Green Quarter is just north of Victoria Station and is home to loads of newly regenerated areas that are perfect for city living. NOMA is just one of these – a development that includes apartments, a public square, shops, and a pub, as well as an art residency programme that is earning kudos across the North West.
The Green Quarter also houses a semi-industrial area off Red Bank and features enough artisan breweries to form a significant bar crawl, finishing in the Northern Quarter. Since the cafes and high street shops of Manchester’s city centre are only a 10-15 minute walk away, your commute from the Green Quarter will be a pleasant stroll across town as opposed to half an hour spent wedged between fellow commuters on a crowded bus.
The Green Quarter is very conveniently situated to the west of the Northern Quarter and north of Manchester Victoria Station, making it an ideal city centre location for commuters around the city.
Image: L S Lowry, ‘View of a Town’ (1936) via Friends of Angel Meadow
The Green Quarter has an interesting past and, hundreds of years ago, the area around Angel Meadow was seen as one of the country’s worst slums (don’t worry, things have definitely turned around since then). The area was written about by Frederich Engels in his book ‘The Condition of the Working Class in England’, published in 1845.
The Green Quarter captured the imagination of other creative minds too, with L. S. Lowry featuring it in many of his paintings.
Many places in The Green Quarter are still up and coming, but despite this, the rent is pretty high because of its excellent location. As of March 2019, studios can be rented for around £620-£820 per month, 1-bedroom apartments will cost around £700-£900 per month, and 2-bedroom apartments should set you back between £825-£1,500 per month.
Because it’s a relatively small area you won’t often see a lot of choice when it comes to Green Quarter apartments, but there are usually at least a small selection of apartments in new-build developments like NOMA or Britton House to choose from.
A lot of the buzz in The Green Quarter comes along with the bars and pubs that are in the area and, due to its industrial past, many of the social hangouts in the area are situated under railway arches. Especially in the summer, the area comes alive, with all day block parties and mini festivals occupying the streets. Start early on a Saturday and make a pub crawl out of the list of bars below. It’s a great way to explore the area, and you’ll undoubtedly meet some friendly locals along the way.
The Runaway Brewery was one of the first breweries to bring its business to the area and it hosts a brewery tap every weekend selling craft beers. Situated in a railway arch at the end of a street, the brewery hosts mega block parties in the summer complete with outside seating, bunting and street food stalls. For those who have an interest in beer that goes beyond the usual, Runaway also hosts brewery tours priced at £12 per person, including a tasting.
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Blackjack Beers was formed in 2012 and is under another railway arch close to Angel Meadow. The brewery produces and sells a wide range of beers from lagers to ales and stouts. Make the most of their outdoor seating set up on a summer’s evening, especially at one of their famous brew tap events where you can expect beer, music, and good food.
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The Marble Arch Inn is a traditional pub with a beautifully tiled interior. The well-stocked bar serves beers that are brewed by Marble themselves just down the road and, in the summer, you can sit in the beer garden to enjoy them. The pub also serves excellent food – we’d recommend the cheese board highly!
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The Pilcrow has a great story. This contemporary community pub is situated in Sadlers Yard, and whilst it was being made, locals rallied round to make the chairs, carve the cutlery and mould the plates. The pub also serves great food and coffee, so makes for a good lunch stop. In July, it’s the home of the Summer Beer Thing, a three-day beer festival with street food stalls.
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Pop Up Bikes was Manchester’s first cycle café and is a place where you can enjoy a coffee and snack while you wait for your bike to be serviced. Friendly staff have also been known to let visitors park their bike there while popping into the city centre, which is perfect for any peddling enthusiasts.
Each month they host a bike jumble, where the public can buy and sell new and used bikes and bike parts, helping to reduce the cost of cycling and save the environment in the process.
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Tribe offers a fun and friendly group workout led by an NHS doctor and wellbeing coach. You’ll meet in Sadlers Yard and work within a small group to achieve your goals. Unlike many other fitness classes, the emphasis is on the bonds made between the attendees, helping you to motivate yourself as well as your new friends.
Named after the rivers that run through Manchester, Three Rivers Gin has its incredible gin experience in the heart of the Green Quarter. Manchester city centre’s first ever dedicated gin distillery produces small batch gin in stunning copper pots.
Have a tour through the distillery, enjoy complimentary drinks, and then create your own personalised bottle of gin to take home – choosing the botanicals that you prefer to make your perfect tipple.
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Sadlers Yard was named after James Sadler, who made a manned balloon ascent in 1785 from a location close to the square. This central space is part of the NOMA development and is a real suntrap in the summer.
It’s often used for festivals and events throughout the warmer season and has played host to an outdoor cinema, beer festival, and street food stalls. The square has plenty of public seating, so in the summer, take a book and enjoy a craft beer from the Pilcrow Pub.
St Michael’s Flags & Angel Meadow Park
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St Michael’s Flags & Angel Meadow Park sits on the site of an old Victorian church and cemetery for the poor. Now it’s a pleasant park all year round where you can get some great views of the new skyscrapers that make up the Manchester skyline.
The whole area around the park has been regenerated over the last few years, with apartments and offices popping up around its perimeter. Because of this, it’s got a lovely bustling feel that makes it a great social spot. Office workers often meet for lunch there and at the weekends you’ll see plenty of picnic blankets and (good news for canine connoisseurs!) dog-walkers.
Moving to The Green Quarter
The Green Quarter is right in the middle of the city centre and offers a great lifestyle for those who prefer inner-city living. There are plenty of bars, pubs, and open spaces, and in The Green Quarter you’re just a short walk from the Arndale and Northern Quarter, as well as Manchester Victoria Station with its national rail and Metrolink services. Not your place? You can always find our other guides.