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Sat on the train line between Leeds and Manchester, Stalybridge is a great spot for first-time buyers and families.

Though it’s been dubbed ‘Staly-Vegas’ for its lively nightlife, the town is looking to move away from that image, with several regeneration plans in place.

Located near the Peak District and with great schools, Stalybridge offers the best of both worlds. There are open, green spaces and it’s an easy commute to the city.


Stalybridge is a commuter’s dream, located within close distance to Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield. If you’re driving, it’s approximately a 40-minute journey to Manchester from Stalybridge via the M67 and A57, making an easy commute if you work in the city. For those looking to go by train, you’ve only got a 20-minute train journey into Manchester.

Things to do

One thing Stalybridge has over other Greater Manchester towns is its location. Situated between Manchester and the Peak District, it’s the perfect spot for those looking for a balance between the buzz of the city and the rolling countryside.

Stalybridge Country Park offers a variety of quiet riverside walks, wooded valleys and wild open moorland. But if you’re after something slightly more challenging, Wild Bank is worth a hike. You’ll be rewarded with spectacular views of Greater Manchester, and on especially clear days you can even spot mountains of Snowdonia.


Stalybridge has a number of regeneration plans in the pipeline, helping the town on its way to becoming a real hotspot for first-time buyers and young families.

The town was named as Tameside’s location for the Town Centre Challenge back in 2018, a project launched by the Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham to encourage regeneration in local areas.

Then in February 2020, Tameside Council was awarded £1,275,000 from the government’s Historic High Streets Fund, to improve Stalybridge high street.

The money is going towards revamping the town street, including improvements to Stalybridge Civic Hall, and funding a series of arts and cultural activities alongside Stalybridge Cultural Consortia.

As well as government funding, locals have already been putting in the work to help give the town a lick of paint. Volunteers from the Stalybridge Town Team have been renovating benches at Armentieres Square, with plans to spruce up all 20.

Our plans

We have exciting plans on the horizon in Stalybridge, starting with transforming the former police station into flats. The station has been vacant for several years now, and our plans will see it developed into 24 flats to provide affordable housing for residents. It will be a key part of the wider regeneration plans for the town.

To keep up to date with the project, and all other Watson developments, make sure to follow us on LinkedIn. To check out our previous developments, head over to our homes we’ve built page.