Parrs Wood

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Aerial view of Parrs Wood High School
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Entrance to Parrs Wood Entertainment Centre
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"Buckingham Bingo"

Parrs Wood is an area of East Didsbury, in the southern part of the city of Manchester, England.

Didsbury area of the City of Manchester, England

Didsbury is a suburban area of Manchester, England, on the north bank of the River Mersey, 4.5 miles (7.2 km) south of Manchester city centre. The population at the 2011 census was 26,788.

Manchester City and metropolitan borough in England

Manchester is a city and metropolitan borough in Greater Manchester, England, with a population of 545,500 as of 2017. It lies within the United Kingdom's second-most populous built-up area, with a population of 3.2 million. It is fringed by the Cheshire Plain to the south, the Pennines to the north and east, and an arc of towns with which it forms a continuous conurbation. The local authority is Manchester City Council.


It was formerly the estate surrounding Parrs Wood House, an 18th-century Georgian villa. [1]

Parrs Wood House

Parrs Wood House is an 18th-century Georgian villa in the Parrs Wood area of Didsbury, Manchester, England. It was described by Pevsner as "a poorer man's Heaton Hall." It was designated a Grade II* listed building on 25 February 1952.

Georgian architecture set of architectural styles current between 1720 and 1840

Georgian architecture is the name given in most English-speaking countries to the set of architectural styles current between 1714 and 1830. It is eponymous for the first four British monarchs of the House of Hanover—George I, George II, George III, and George IV—who reigned in continuous succession from August 1714 to June 1830. The style was revived in the late 19th century in the United States as Colonial Revival architecture and in the early 20th century in Great Britain as Neo-Georgian architecture; in both it is also called Georgian Revival architecture. In the United States the term "Georgian" is generally used to describe all buildings from the period, regardless of style; in Britain it is generally restricted to buildings that are "architectural in intention", and have stylistic characteristics that are typical of the period, though that covers a wide range.

Today the area incorporates part of Wilmslow Road and is home to Parrs Wood High School and Sixth Form Centre, a Tesco supermarket, and Parrs Wood Entertainment Centre. Whilst there are some distinct features to Parrs Wood, it has no definite area and incorporates part of East Didsbury. Parrs Wood was originally only dominated by the school but, with the building of an entertainment centre, has recently become a larger area of greater significance.

Wilmslow Road major road in Manchester, England

Wilmslow Road is a major road in Manchester, England, running from Parrs Wood northwards to Rusholme. There it becomes Oxford Road and the name changes again to Oxford Street when it crosses the River Medlock and reaches the city centre.

Parrs Wood High School

Parrs Wood High School is a state comprehensive secondary school in East Didsbury, Manchester, England, behind Parrs Wood Entertainment Complex off Wilmslow Road. It educates those from age of 11 to 18 years; A-Levels are taught at the Parrs Wood Sixth Form Centre, which is integrated with the main school. Parrs Wood was the 4th largest school in the UK in 2008, with 2,030 students and 450 in the sixth form centre.

Tesco plc trading as Tesco, is a British multinational groceries and general merchandise retailer with headquarters in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom. It is the third-largest retailer in the world measured by gross revenues and ninth-largest retailer in the world measured by revenues. It has shops in seven countries across Asia and Europe, and is the market leader of groceries in the UK, Ireland, Hungary and Thailand.

Parrs Wood Entertainment Centre

Following a deal to build a new school in exchange for land, Parrs Wood Entertainment Centre was completed in 2001. The centre is owned by Land Securities, the largest commercial property company in the UK. Attractions and businesses in the Entertainment Centre include bowling (also includes Lazer, and American pool and arcade area), cinema, restaurants, health club (including a swimming pool), casino and hotel.


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Cineworld cinema chain operating in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Jersey

Cineworld Group plc is the world’s second largest cinema chain, with 9,538 screens across 793 sites in 10 countries: the US, the UK, Ireland, Poland, Romania, Israel, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria and Slovakia. The group’s primary brands are Regal, Cineworld and Picturehouse, Cinema City and Yes Planet. Cineworld is currently the leading cinema operator in the UK by box office market share, with 99 cinemas and over 1017 screens, including Ireland’s single largest multiplex by screens and customer base. Cineworld Glasgow Renfrew Street is the tallest cinema in the world and the busiest, by customer base, in the UK. The Cineworld site with the greatest number of screens is located at Valley Centertainment in Sheffield, which has 20. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.

Tenpin Ltd, branded as simply Tenpin, is one of the largest tenpin bowling brands in the United Kingdom, consisting of 43 bowling centers ranging from 22 to 36 lanes, which often have on-site restaurants and bars. Many centers also include amusement arcades with attractions such as Sector 7 laser tag, table tennis, and air hockey. Bowling can be purchased per game, or as part of a birthday party or corporate event package. Many existing sites were formerly known as Megabowl until around 2008-09.

Nuffield Health not-for-profit healthcare provider in the United Kingdom

Nuffield Health is the largest not-for-profit healthcare provider in the United Kingdom. Established in 1957 the charity operates 31 Nuffield Health Hospitals and 111 Nuffield Health Fitness & Wellbeing Gyms.

Restaurants and Cafés

Chiquito (restaurant) UK-based restaurant chain specialising in Tex-Mex foods

Chiquito is a restaurant chain based in the United Kingdom specialising in Tex-Mex foods. The company was established in 1989, and has 68 restaurants across the country. It dubs itself as 'The Original Mexican Grill & Bar', and has been described as the United Kingdom's best known Mexican chain. Chiquito restaurants are part of the Restaurant Group.

Bella Italia restaurant company

Bella Italia is a chain of over 90 restaurants offering dishes inspired by Italian cuisine in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The chain is part of the Casual Dining Group, who also own Café Rouge and Las Iguanas.

Frankie & Bennys British restaurant chain

Frankie & Benny's is a chain of Italian-American restaurants in the United Kingdom, with numerous outlets nationwide, run by The Restaurant Group plc.


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East Didsbury tram stop
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Parrs Wood bus terminal

Parrs Wood is the southern terminus of the Wilmslow Road bus corridor, a busy bus route into central Manchester.

It is also the terminus of the South Manchester Line of the Manchester Metrolink network, at East Didsbury tram stop which is located on the eastern side of Kingsway. East Didsbury railway station is on the opposite side of the road junction, providing trains to Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Airport.

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Fletcher Moss Botanical Garden

Fletcher Moss Botanical Garden is situated in Didsbury, Manchester, England, between the River Mersey and Stenner Woods.

Didsbury railway station

Didsbury railway station is a former station in Didsbury, in the southern suburbs of Manchester, England, United Kingdom. The station was located on Wilmslow Road, just north of the junction with Barlow Moor Road and opposite Didsbury Library. Nothing now remains of the old station buildings, which have been demolished, but the surviving white Portland stone clock tower is a local landmark. Didsbury is now served by Didsbury Village tram stop which is close to the site of the former railway station.

Wilmslow Road bus corridor street in Manchester, United Kingdom

The Wilmslow Road bus corridor is a 5.5-mile-long section of road in Manchester that is served by a large number of bus services. The corridor runs from Parrs Wood to Manchester city centre along Wilmslow and Oxford Roads, serving Didsbury, Withington, Fallowfield and Rusholme.

Kingsway (A34) major thoroughfare in Greater Manchester, in the United Kingdom

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Didsbury Campus

The Didsbury Campus on Wilmslow Road, Didsbury, Manchester, England, originally a private estate, was part of the Manchester Metropolitan University; the oldest building on the site dated to around 1785. It became a theological college for the Wesleyan Methodist Church in 1842, about the same time as a chapel which later became part of the college was built. These buildings are now all listed.

Manchester is a city in Northwest England. The M20 postcode area of the city includes the suburbs of Didsbury and Withington. This postcode area contains 65 listed buildings that are recorded in the National Heritage List for England. Of these, four are listed at Grade II*, the middle of the three grades, and the others are at Grade II, the lowest grade. The area is mainly residential, and most of the listed buildings are houses and associated structures. The other listed buildings include churches and structures in churchyards, hotels and public houses, civic buildings, buildings in the Didsbury Campus of Manchester Metropolitan University, a former hospital and its lodges, banks, a clock tower, a milestone, and a war memorial.


Coordinates: 53°24′32″N2°13′08″W / 53.40889°N 2.21889°W / 53.40889; -2.21889