Urmston Area Guide

Are you thinking about moving to Urmston? Maybe you are a family or a young professional and have been looking at homes in Urmston but are not sure what the local area is like. Check out our Urmston Area Guide and see if we can help.

As a trusted firm of Urmston Estate Agents, VitalSpace have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the local area for everyone looking to buy homes here. To help people learn about what the town has to offer, we have put together this Urmston Area Guide featuring details on all the local facilities, attractions and more. We hope you find it useful!

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If you have already decided that this is the place for you, be sure to browse our wide range of properties available to buy in Urmston, or speak to us as Urmston Estate Agents for more information.


  • Why Move To Urmston?
  • Shopping In Urmston
  • Eating and Drinking
  • Urmston Sports and Leisure
  • More Things To Do In The Area
  • Schools and Education
  • Transport In Urmston
  • Local History

Why Move To Urmston?

Urmston is the smallest town within the borough of Trafford and has a welcoming and pleasant village style ambience. The population remains relatively small at just over 40,000. There are also a large number of family businesses which complement the village atmosphere. These boast a broad range of unique services and wares that are not always easily found in the larger towns within Trafford. While still a small town, the recent £43 million redevelopment of the main shopping centre has increased interest and attracted more visitors to the area.

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We wouldn’t be respected Urmston Estate Agents if we didn’t take the area very seriously! We know what’s important for homeowners, so first things first, lets see whats on offer in the Urmston area for homeowners.

Shopping In Urmston

Shopaholics now have an extra reason to buy properties in Urmston! In 2009 the Eden Square shopping centre was completed with Sainsbury’s as the anchor food store. The people now have a further 28 new shops to choose from, with popular retailers including Boots, Costa Coffee, Hallmark and Thorntons.

On top of the main retailers Urmston has to offer, there is also a very popular outdoor market and food hall, with market days being Fridays and Saturdays. The market and food hall is an excellent location to pick up some excellent quality local produce, from meats and cheese to jewelry, household goods and unusual and unique gifts.

Eating and Drinking In Urmston

Food lovers thinking of buying a house in Urmston have plenty of dining options to choose from! The town boasts a vast array of dining choices from Indian, Italian, Chinese and South American to the more traditional British pub. There is also a wealth of cafes and coffee shops to choose from, for when you want a tasty lunch after spending a lazy afternoon browsing the many shops, or for busy workers out for a quick bite to eat on their lunch break.

The area includes a wide choice of bars and pubs, catering for couples out for a cozy drink to a younger crowd looking for a fun night out. The close proximity to Manchester city centre means people living in Urmston are never far away from a good night out.

Urmston Sports and Leisure

Urmston is lucky enough to house 2 leisure centres: Urmston Leisure Centre and George Carnall Leisure Centre. Between the two they cater for all the community’s sports and leisure needs, from swimming pools, fitness suites, studio classes, sun beds and general gym facilities. The area is also conveniently located close to Lancashire County Cricket Club, Manchester United Football Club and the newly opened Chill Factor, Manchester’s indoor snow centre which offers snow boarding, skiing, climbing and tubing.

As an estate agent in Urmston, Vital Space are also proud to show their support for the town by sponsoring one of the areas local sporting teams Urmston Meadowside Amateur Football Club.

More Things To Do In The Area

As Urmston Estate Agents, we like to know an area inside out and have found there are many things to keep you occupied other than shopping, eating and drinking. If you do feel like getting out of town, there are also more cinemas to choose from in Manchester City Centre, as well as the Trafford Centre which is within 2 miles of Urmston town centre.

A new library has also been built recently, which attracted over 1,000 people on its opening day. For family day outings, why not take a trip to Golden Hill Park and its Memorial Gardens, just a stone’s throw from the town centre? This picturesque park is perfect for a leisurely stroll or even a picnic with friends and also has a public bowling green and a first-rate children’s play area.

The homes in Urmston are never far from nature, and if nature is your thing then there is also Urmston Meadows which is home to a large variety of wildlife from minute frogs to impressive birds of prey. Urmston also hosts many community-based events throughout the year, including the ever popular Urmston Summer Fiesta. There are kids summer classes and camps, productions from local theatre groups – the Urmston Musical Theatre, being the largest (of which Matthew Kelly from ‘Stars In Their Eyes’ is the president) and various acoustic open-mic nights in many of the towns bars and nightspots.

Schools and Education In Urmston

If you are considering moving your young family here, one of the first things you’ll want to know is the standard of the local schools. Urmston Estate Agents Vital Space are keen to show that local education standards are high, with many of the primary and secondary schools performing well against national averages. As award winning Estate Agents, we have a selection of local catchment maps available for househunters which can be obtained by calling into our Eden Square office.

Transport In Urmston

Urmston is well served by local public transport facilities with regular bus services around the town, as well as to nearby Manchester City Centre. Train stations running local services can also be found passing through Flixton, Chassen Road and Urmston towards Humphrey Park, Trafford Park and Manchester City Centre, and vice versa.

Local History

The name, Urmston, is believed to come from Ormr’s tun (or Orme’s tun) where Ormr (or Orme) was a Danish personal name and tun is a Saxon word for a farmstead or settlement. Medieval farming was the main occupation in Urmston until the early 19th century when weaving became a significant source of employment, although this later declined due to competition from large industry. In 1848, the population was recorded as being 771, with around 80% of the land being farmed. The opening of the Cheshire Lines Railway in 1873 allowed the town to grow as a commuter town and between 1871 and 1901 the population grew by over 650% – from 996 to 6,594. By 1901, farming had virtually died out in Urmston, and the town became a residence for the middle classes.

Until 1974, Urmston remained an independent town until it was merged into ‘Metropolitan Borough of Trafford’ within the county of ‘Greater Manchester’ and is now a suburb rather than a separate town.

Have Fun Buying a Home and Living in Urmston

We hope that our area guide has shown that Urmston is a fun and welcoming place to live, with plenty to keep families and professionals occupied. As one of the most trusted estate agents in Urmston, we believe we can help everyone find their ideal property in Urmston, whether it is a single bedroom flat, a four bedroom house or anything in between.

If you have any queries or questions about moving here, please don’t hesitate to contact VitalSpace, Urmston Estate Agents on 0161 747 7807 Urmston property listing pages currently avaliable properties in Urmston.

We hope you enjoy your move and stay in this fantastic town!

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