Altrincham lies to the South of the River Mersey within the bounds of Greater Manchester and has a population of just over 40,000. The town is part of Manchester's commuter belt due to its excellent transport links to its larger neighbour.
On the outskirts of Altrincham is one of the area's most impressive country houses, the Grade I listed Dunham Massey Hall. This National Trust-owned property originally dates from the seventeenth century and was built in Georgian style, alongside a picturesque lake and surrounded by several hundred acres of stunning parkland populated by hundreds of red deer. Within the house itself resides a huge collection of period furniture and fine art, not to mention many examples of excellent silverware and sculpture.
At the centre of the town is its ancient market place, which provides a historic backdrop to the regular and highly popular market and is designated a conservation area. On all sides of the square are beautiful timber-framed buildings that reflect Altrincham's long heritage.
The nearby Buttermarket was the site of public floggings up until the beginning of the nineteenth century and the whipping post and stocks remain there to this day as a tourist attraction. Another piece of local architecture of note is the early twentieth century Royd House, which is listed and is generally thought of as being extremely ahead of its time for the period.
There are two theatres in the town, The Club Theatre and the Altrincham Garrick Playhouse, both of which offer varied professional and amateur programmes. The only restaurant in Greater Manchester to have received a Michelin star, The Juniper, is also situated in the town.
Surrounding the town are the rolling Cheshire hills, which are popular with walkers and also offer a range of sporting venues including several golf courses.