Altrincham is a market town in Trafford, Greater Manchester, England. It lies south of the River Mersey and about eight miles southwest of Manchester city centre.
Historically a part of Cheshire, Altrincham was established as a market town in 1290, a time when most communities were based around agriculture rather than trade.
Despite the presence of retailers such as Tesco, Sainsbury's and Marks and Spencer in the town, and expensive redevelopment schemes, Altrincham's 15.5 % level of employment in retail is below the national average of 16.9%.
Altrincham railway station was opened in 1849 and in 1931 became one of Great Britain's first electrified railway stations. Altrincham interchange remains the Metrolink tram service's southern most terminus. It connects the town to locations such as Bury, Sale and Manchester.
The town has a football team. Altrincham F.C was founded in 1903, play at Moss Lane and are in the Conference North. There is also an Ice Hockey team called the Trafford Metro's. They play at the Altrincham Ice Dome which was completed in 2006Altrincham Railway Station.