Belle Vue, Manchester

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Belle Vue
Frontage of the well-known Belle Vue Stadium
Belle Vue is located in Greater Manchester
Belle Vue
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 Belle Vue shown within Greater Manchester
OS grid reference SJ875965
Metropolitan borough Manchester
Metropolitan county Greater Manchester
Region North West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district M18
Dialling code 0161
Police Greater Manchester
Fire Greater Manchester
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament Manchester Gorton
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Greater Manchester

Coordinates: 53°27′55″N 2°11′15″W / 53.4652°N 2.1875°W / 53.4652; -2.1875

Belle Vue is an area of Gorton, in the city of Manchester, England. It lies in the eastern part of the city, close to its boundary with Tameside, and is bordered by the Hope Valley Line on the east and the Glossop Line on the west. It is known for the former Belle Vue Zoological Gardens and the Belle Vue Stadium.

Belle Vue is part of the electoral ward of Gorton North.

Belle Vue railway station lies on the Hope Valley Line.

For many years there was a zoo and amusement park, with an annual circus. The zoo was opened in 1836. It occupied a 96-acre site and at the height of its popularity attracted 2,000,000 visitors annually.[1] It was eventually closed in the 1970s due to mounting debts. The park was later closed in 1982.[2] Later the location was used for professional wrestling.


In 1897, the machine tool manufacturer Kendall and Gent opened the Victoria Works. The company closed down in the late 1960s.[3]