10 Reasons we love New Maker Yards

February 25, 2022

And living in Manchester

Music capital of the UK, major culture hub, football legacy…these are only some out of the thousands of red bricks that have built the strong Mancunian identity and tight community in the second largest city in the UK.

Located within Middlewood Locks, a new neighbourhood spanning 25 acres, New Maker Yards is based on the border of not one, but two fantastic cities: Manchester and Salford. It offers the exciting buzz of city life, balanced beautifully with the peace and tranquillity that comes from living canal-side.

Here is a list of 10 (out of 1,001) reasons why you will just oh-so easily fall in love with New Maker Yards’ location.

While you read, tune into our Made in Manchester playlist and enjoy the collection of mint Mancunian artists, old and new. Transmission to M5 starts now…

1. Its prime location in the new canalside neighbourhood

Making the most out of Manchester and Salford, living in an M5 postcode means you get around easily on foot. Both Salford and Manchester city centres can be reached in under 15 minutes, buzzing Spinningfields is only 15 minutes away and you can reach Deansgate in just 5 Oasis songs. For the walk, grab a coffee from 92 Degrees and get a 10% discount for being a Get Living resident!

For all cycling enthusiasts, these locations are even quicker to reach – and another bonus – your New Maker Yards home comes with free secure bike storage on site.


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2. Nearby Spinningfields has some of the best spots in town

Planning a fun day, but all of a sudden Northern drizzle decided to join? The city’s glossy financial centre is just the right spot to hide. Home to the highest rooftop bar and restaurant in Manchester, 20 Stories, the garden terrace in Spinningfields is a great place to city-gaze while the restaurant serves sophisticated British dishes that won’t disappoint.

From rooftop to underground, Manchester’s acclaimed Pan-Asian restaurant Australasia serves up plates ideal for sharing to live DJ beats and a well-turned-out, cocktail-sipping crowd. And then there’s Fazenda, the sultry rodizio bar and grill, inspired by Sao Paolo. Gastronomy overload and no rain indoors, guaranteed.


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3. Food lovers are spoilt for choice

Speaking of food, you’ll be happy to hear all about Mackie Mayor, a gorgeous 1858 Grade II listed market building that houses a fancy-fast-food food hall dishing out towering burgers, fried chicken, posh pizzas – and then some. While in Northern Quarter, stop by Ezra & Gil for the best beans on toast, and when life gives you lemons… just go for bottomless brunch in Foundry Project.

If you like a good pizza – guilty! – check out the best 5 places for pizza in Manchester. An eclectic food and drinking scene also awaits in Ancoats – check out Sugo Pasta Kitchen and Vietnamese restaurant, bar and music venue: Nam.


4. Being a local in Manchester’s famous craft brewery

Beer fanatics will be pleased to hear that there are over 80 local breweries across the city. Seven Bro7hers, a famous craft brewer, chose to open their second beerhouse at Middlewood Locks.

It’s a two minute (maybe three if you’ve had a few) walk to your front door if you live at New Maker Yards. Set-up and run by – you guessed it – seven beer-loving brothers. The ever-evolving, inventive menu is something to behold.


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5. Chill jazz evenings to quirky activity nights out

Hometown to the infamous Hacienda nightclub, Manchester has hedonism and good music running through its veins. If you want to dance on tables check out Albert’s Schloss; for music heritage, check out the iconic Salford Lads’ Club – the venue of The Smiths album cover.

Looking for something more than sitting and drinking? Whether it’s a first date, after-work socials or rainy day escape, Manchester is full of activity bars for those quirky nights out. NQ64 is THE place for video games enthusiasts, a bowling alley in Dog Bowl will keep your competitiveness up high and Twenty Twenty Two bar guarantees a good laugh once you attempt to win the ping pong match after a couple of pints.

And if you’re into jazzzzzzzh! get yourself to Matt and Phreds for basement club nights of funk and soul, late-night gigs and live music events with free pizza and cocktail deals. The wonderful Get Living events team is bringing Matt and Phreds back AGAIN this summer for another canal-side jazz session. Yeah, sign us up!


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6. Communities to join and pawesome benefits to enjoy

Living at pet-friendly apartments in Manchester means that pets are welcome. Lots of green spaces and fellow companions to meet. But not only will your furry family members will have the chance to make new friends, so will you! Living at New Maker Yards gives you access to a whole host of delicious exclusive events, from food and music, art, culture, crafts and fitness.

The perfect way to get involved with your community, meet your neighbours, have heaps of fun and make life-long friends. Check out all regular and featured events in the neighbourhood.


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7. It’s fast becoming a fashion capital, with all the best shopping destinations around

Manchester has a rich history in the world of fashion, once known as ‘Cottonopolis’ as the centre for the UK’s cotton trade and textile industry. From textiles to trendsetting, Manchester has now earned itself a much bigger reputation as a major player in the world’s fashion scene, and one of the best spots to celebrate the fashion movement is Northern Quarter.

This vibrant neighbourhood features Manchester’s best vintage clothing stores from Cow Vintage, Pop Boutique to Blue Rinse and Retro Rehab – Northern Quarter is not for trend followers, but trendsetters. While around, do yourself a favour and visit Affleck’s, and find out why is it called an emporium of eclecticism.

For luxe retail therapy, Selfridges and Harvey Nichols are a two-minute totter from each other (happy dance).


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8. There’s still easy access to the great outdoors

To live in the city that is built on canals does not mean you need to relocate to Venice. Life in Manchester gives you all the perks of calming waterside setting while nurturing the importance of green spaces and parks.

Just around the corner from New Maker Yards you can find Castlefield, the UK’s first urban heritage park. A place bound with history, landmarks and preserved nature also features some of the most amazing Manchester bars and pubs. Take a stroll, relax by the canals, enjoy outdoor drinking areas and regular live music events. We really can’t wait for summer in Manchester!

Some other exciting waterside locations are Chill Factore and Salford Quays’ Helly Hansen Watersports Centre that provide water and winter sports practically on the doorstep.

When you decide to step out of the M5 lines, you’re just a train ride or short drive away from the Peak District, the Yorkshire Dales and even Lake District (trains run directly to Oxenholme). Perfect for a weekend staycation in the countryside.


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9. Some say Manchester is Britain’s new cultural capital… and who are we to argue!

According to Rough Guides, Manchester has reinveted itself as the world capital of the arts thanks to its smorgasbord of galleries, venues, festivals, forward-thinking developments, hotels, and restaurants. Salford also plays a huge role in building the cultural narrative – MediaCity being home to the BBC and ITV’s headquarters.

Some of our other favourite cultural spots include the stunning Manchester Opera House, the glass vaulted ceilinged Paul Hamlyn Hall in Spinningfields, complete with champagne bar and dining. History buffs will go mad for the People’s History Museum and the Pankhurst Centre. For art, see The Whitworth and for architectural-dusty-book-heaven do not miss John Rylands Library.


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10. Football heaven

It’s a funny old game, right? The age-old question of whether you’re red or blue is always the first question to ask a Mancunian. Football fans can get a sense of the intense rivalry by visiting Old Trafford and the Etihad Stadiums, two of the largest in the UK.  Book a stadium tour or– if you aren’t a fan of Man U or City, pay a visit to the National Football Museum.

Good gameplan! But enough with the puns. Now it’s time for you to find your home in New Maker Yards. Luckily, we are holding a position for you. Ready for a transfer? (Not enough puns).


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Live next to Manchester city centre while relaxing by New Maker Yards’ canalside location. Head into the city with a short 15 minute walk to Spinningfields and Deansgate.

Rent a 1-3 bedroom apartment with Wi-Fi included, free events & groups, an exclusive co-working space and a coffee shop and taproom all on your doorstep.

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