Sunday, 7 September 2014

Levenshulme Antiques Village, Manchester

Well, what a treasure trove this is! Levenhulme Antiques Village is an emporium of old, dusty, amazing things from the past, piled under one roof (and a few stables) in Levenshulme, south Manchester. Set within the walls and grounds of the old Levenshulme Town Hall building on Stockport Road, the antiques village is more of an undercover shopping mall, (just minus the McDonald's and add a greasy spoon, in the scullery.) 

Levenshulme Urban District Crest

A majestic Victorian tiled staircase greets you when you enter, with the large offices and waiting rooms to either side packed with antique furniture and collectables. The treasures take over the entire first floor too and well into the staff/servants quarters and out into the courtyard and stables. It's like stepping into Narnia.

Each room, or collection of rooms is effectively leased, stocked and managed by an independent antiques dealer, making it a kind of market hall with lots of different traders. The traders themselves are all really friendly and knowledgeable, they really add a genuine feel to the place, like they've been there as long as the house.

The perfect destination for a cheeky Sunday outing, sure not to disappoint.