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Old Trafford is an area near Stretford in the Metropolitan Borough of Trafford, Greater Manchester, two miles south west of Manchester City Centre and roughly delineated by the crossroads of the old toll gates.

Old Trafford was a crossing point over the River Irwell in ancient times. The name of the town is derived from the time where were two halls, Old Trafford Hall and New Trafford Hall. The old hall was closer to what is now White City Retail Park, and was said to have been the home of the de Trafford family since 1017. The name of the area around Old Trafford Hall may subsequently have become shortened to Old Trafford in 1939.The area expanded and was transformed into an urban area after the building of the Manchester Shio Canal in the 1890s, and the subsequent development of nearby Trafford Park Industrial estate. Trafford Park provided employment for thousands of local residents.

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Sport and Leisure

Stretford Sports Village is one of the local leisure centres, offering a range of different facilities such as 4 zest fitness gyms, 2 swimming pools, 2 sport halls, dance studio along with a spinning studio and party room. The Centre also has a community, conference and training room. David Lloyd Members leisure Centre has gym facilities with access to classes, tennis courts, swimming pool and spa area. There is also a crèche for children aged 3 months to 5 years and a kids club for children 5 years +. The sessions offer day care while parents use the facilities.

Shopping and Culture

The Trafford Centre is the large shopping centre in Old Trafford which has everyones favourite brands and retailers including Selfridges, Pull & Bear, Zara and many more. This shopping centre has a lot more for those who are not big shoppers, such as Odeon IMAX, the Sea Life Centre, and the LEGOLAND discovery Centre. For the food lovers, there are a range of different bars and restaurants including Wagamamas, All Bar One, Café Rouge and Nando’s.

Outdoors Area,

Walkden Gardens, is a hidden garden, full of twists and turns with surprise views and scents, the Japanese garden is so tranquil and beautiful. A great place for walk around on your own or with your dog, or to go for a social gathering. Trafford Ecology Park a very beautiful park beside the river has everything you could want, fresh air, the river and a pathway to walk along.

Primary and Secondary Education

1. Seymour Park Community Primary School rated outstanding by ofsted is a mixed primary school for children aged 3 to 11 years of age.

2. Our Lady’s RC Primary School Manchester, a mixed Roman Catholic Primary School which has received a good rating fromOfsted. They offer a caring environment for their pupils where each of them are nurtured, cherished and valued.

3. St Bede’s College, a mixed Roman Catholic school for students age 3 to age 18. The schools mission is to inspire, encourage and enable every one of their pupils to change the world by fulfilling their role in it.


There is a variety of ways to get around Trafford. One being is the tram, which travels between various stations such as Manchester Airport, Old Trafford Stadium (Trafford Park) and Rochdale via Oldham. Similar to London, Manchester train and tram lines are divided into different Zones. Based on where you are travelling with influence the price. There are also day and night buses to get which will take you around Trafford and Manchester. An all-day ticket costs about £3.70.

Along with the tram and buses, there is the Metrolink which is similar to the London Underground and Trams, and National rail which can take you down south or up north to destinations outside Manchester.

Manchester will also be a stopping point for the upcoming HS2 train line. This is a high speed train which will travel from Manchester, Birmingham and London within 45 minutes -1 hour 30 minutes. The completion date of this is still to be confirmed.

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